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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Rift-enabled World of Diving 'Stage 0' Playable Launched

Rift-Enabled Multiplayer Online Experience World of Diving
Now Luring in Players with Stage 0 Playable

Get a sneak peek at your own personal diving base with friends
Rotterdam, The Netherlands – March 26, 2014 – Dutch independent studio Vertigo Games today launched the first playable, named “Stage 0”, of the online multiplayer VR-enabled underwater experience World of Diving on

Stage 0, which is playable with both the Oculus Rift and a traditional monitor, lets players dive in with up to 4 friends, to give their customized character a spin in their own personal diving base, and to get a first taste of what the upcoming underwater experience will entail.

“Launching an early, scalable build in this fashion allows a small studio such as ours to stagger the release in manageable chunks, while at the same time giving our ever-growing community the chance to get involved in a transparent and open development process from very early on,” says Richard Stitselaar, Creative Director at Vertigo Games.

Vertigo Games emphasizes that Stage 0 is not meant to be representative of what World of Diving will offer players in its final stages – neither in scope nor feature completeness. “Stage 0 serves to give players an impression of they can expect from World of Diving in the future – and a way for us to start an open, informed dialogue with our enthusiastic, resourceful community,” Stitselaar adds.

Stage 0 is now available for PC to anyone who has pre-purchased World of Diving via its official website: Mac and Linux support is expected within the next weeks.

View the latest World of Diving trailer here:

For more information about World of Diving and for all the latest news, visit the official website and community platform on
Related links
  • New hi-res screenshots:
  • Latest gameplay trailer:
  • World of Diving official website:

World of Diving in the media
  • - "Such wonderful things surround you."
  • Destructoid - "World of Diving with Oculus Rift is a real treasure"
  • The New York Times - "captivating"
  • Joystiq - "World of Diving appears to be a relaxing diversion" 
  • Polygon - "This is the fun of virtual reality; the act of exploring a new environment was quietly joyful"

About World of Diving
World of Diving is the online multiplayer game that will bring out your inner explorer by bringing the murky, mysterious depths of our oceans and their hidden treasures within your grasp. Or step into the shoes of the designer, and build and share your own diving locations and missions with your fellow divers.

If it’s underwater, it’s part of World of Diving - armed with hi-tech deep-sea diving gear and submarine vehicles, a photo camera, and your exploration kit, it's up to you and your friends to reveal, salvage and catalog the ocean's mysteries.

Key features
  • Design, create and share your own underwater missions and content
  • Explore the mysteries of the ocean with up to 16 friends, or go solo
  • Compete with friend and foe in exciting arcade challenges
  • Discover and salvage the sunken remains of history, including rusty shipwrecks and WW2 submarines
  • Interact with the amazing sea life and complete your Ocean-o-pedia with over a hundred species
  • Collect a variety of special ‘diving buddies’, each adding its unique benefit to your diving skill
  • Customize your character, upgrade your diving gear and ships, and more
  • Take part in the community and help direct feature development
  • Play using the Oculus Rift for the full immersive experience, or use a traditional monitor 

For more information on World of Diving, visit or find us on and Twitter
About Vertigo Games
Vertigo Games is a Dutch game developer, located in the city of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Our team has worked on a mix of entertainment and serious games, providing a unique, combined experience that is a snug fit for creating a fun and realistic game like World of Diving. These days, our team is creating some of the most advanced and realistic educational and serious games in the world, but our dream to create entertainment games has never been stronger.
For more information on Vertigo Games, visit or find us on and Twitter

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