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ABZÛ, Giant Squid’s First Project, Coming to PS4

Matt Nava's Avatar + Posted by Matt Nava on Jun 12, 2014 // Creative Director, Giant Squid

We are very excited to give you an early glimpse of ABZÛ, Giant Squid‘s first project, coming to PS4. ABZÛ will take players on an epic adventure into the depths of the ocean, where they will encounter majestic creatures and discover long lost secrets. The game draws inspiration from a deep, innate story that we all carry in our collective subconscious, a universal origin myth that resonates across cultures. As such, the name ABZÛ references a concept from the oldest Mesopotamian mythology: it is the combination of two ancient words Ab, meaning ocean, and Zû, meaning to know. Essentially, ABZÛ is the ocean of wisdom.

ABZÛ is being made by Giant Squid, a newly formed game studio intent on making creative and artistic interactive experiences. I started Giant Squid after working as the art director at thatgamecompany on two very fun projects, Flower and Journey. I learned a lot about the game development process as well as design ethics from the great people on that team. On Journey, I was honored with the responsibility of designing the visual style as well as being a core contributor to the level design, world building, and narrative of the game. With ABZÛ, I intend to take everything I know and push forward: the game will be the evolution of my take on aesthetics, design and style, bolstered by the strong, practical knowledge of the small but talented team we are building.

The development of ABZÛ is just beginning, and it is too early to reveal much about the game design itself. Things are still evolving fluidly at this stage as we discover how to best capture the moods and emotions that we intend for the player to feel in gameplay. However, despite being so early, we feel that we have already hit upon a powerful core experience, transporting our testers to atmospheric and mysterious seascapes.

Giant Squid is dedicated to creating games that are driven by experiential narrative, push past game design boundaries, and ultimately immerse players in vivid worlds that provide a setting for meaningful and lasting experiences. We are just embarking on the long road of creating ABZÛ, and we are extremely excited about all the great places we can take this game. I sincerely hope that you will take the plunge with us. For more information, please contact 505 Games at 505games.com.

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21 Comments

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+ stlthriot on June 12th, 2014 at 9:12 am said:

Looks so beautiful! Can’t wait to see more :)


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+ Bahamut_ZERO_7 on June 12th, 2014 at 9:14 am said:

Great atmosphere. Looking forward to hearing more about ABZU


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+ xClayMeow on June 12th, 2014 at 9:18 am said:

So is this an open-world, exploratory game?


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+ Barakku on June 12th, 2014 at 9:22 am said:

Lovely game, one of my most anticipated from Sony’s E3 event. Love the art style and love me some underwater exploration too. Wish more games used this sort of an environment.


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+ Remmy8199 on June 12th, 2014 at 9:27 am said:

Now this is the kinda stuff I’d like to see more often. AAA developers are too scared to try new things nowadays which is why you see the same generic garbage year after year, so it’s up to the indie developers to bring new ideas to the table. I’m definitely gonna check this one out.


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+ MakoSoul on June 12th, 2014 at 10:08 am said:

Day one purchase right here. Can’t wait to play this!


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+ mockduck on June 12th, 2014 at 10:18 am said:

Game looks fantastic.


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+ saab01 on June 12th, 2014 at 10:19 am said:

This game is looking cool but I hope its not another 15 dollar game we are seeing too many of those lately. I don’t like games that are overpriced and hopefully this wouldn’t be one of them. Also I hope a demo will be planned since most games these days are coming without a demo. I cant buy it if I cant try it first no need to waste money on a game if I end up not liking it it just sits there on the xmb with no value.


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+ Mobius2525 on June 12th, 2014 at 11:15 am said:

day one


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+ onlineatron on June 12th, 2014 at 11:17 am said:

next to no man’s sky this was the best thing at the show. it looks so amazing guys, congrats on the announce! can’t wait


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+ Raukraie on June 12th, 2014 at 12:17 pm said:

This was…ABZUlutely one of the most intriguing games at E3. ;D


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+ Boyanime010 on June 12th, 2014 at 12:18 pm said:

These are great times to be a PS4 Gamer


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+ Boyanime010 on June 12th, 2014 at 12:18 pm said:

Day 1 Buy for me


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+ AizawaYuuichi on June 12th, 2014 at 12:52 pm said:

This was definitely one of the highlights of Sony’s conference for me. The game looks gorgeous, and coming from one of the leaders of Flower and Journey? Yes, please. Day One Purchase, right here.


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+ tusunami on June 12th, 2014 at 1:27 pm said:

Well from what I see this will be a memorable game to play and hopefully there will be a release date as to when this will be out. If the release date wasn’t already announced and I missed it.


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+ Einhander138 on June 12th, 2014 at 5:18 pm said:

Physical release or no sale.


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+ Welmosca on June 13th, 2014 at 12:21 am said:

Game seemed great at the conference,beautiful artstyle and looks pretty neat as well.I got a “thatgamecompany” type of game feel…I’ll keep my eyes on it…looking forward to see more about it,especially gameplay.

@ 11 Raukraie – Haha very clever.

@ 16 Einhander138 – Dawg…you’re annoying as s***.


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+ Elvick_ on June 13th, 2014 at 6:45 am said:

Really looking forward to this, I love water. <3


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+ YorlecmNwahs on June 13th, 2014 at 11:58 am said:

Looks good but would be much more immersive if the graphics were lifelike.


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+ TAG_Smiley on June 13th, 2014 at 12:36 pm said:

:) The water is so beautiful.!


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+ Tutankaman on June 25th, 2014 at 12:37 pm said:

When I look at this I just can’t help getting shivers from this godsend game’s artwork and just overall design! It’s as if Giant Squid just took two great games; Journey and Endless Ocean (The series), and just started developing this! Never been this excited for any game ever before!


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