Hydrophobia Prophecy coming to Steam May 9th, PSN later

After Hydrophobia's lackluster reception, developer Dark Energy Digital created Hydrophobia Pure, an update which patched in improvements based on critical feedback. For Steam and PSN, it's re-reinventing the game with Hydrophobia Prophecy, adding "upgraded graphics, brand new gameplay mechanics, exclusive new levels, a reworked back story, a dramatic new ending, recast voice acting and much, much more" to XBLA's Hydrophobia Pure.

"We could’ve just ported Hydrophobia Pure over to Steam and PSN after the positive response it received, but we decided to go much further," said director Pete Jones. "The community really blew us away with the incredible response to Hydrophobia Pure and the outstanding level of feedback on the listening post, so we wanted to return the favour and ensure we created a bigger and better experience in every possible respect with Hydrophobia Prophecy for Steam and PSN."

A new in-game feedback system called Darknet will allow Hydrophobia Prophecy players to send the developer opinions with contextual information about the game state automatically included. Responding to player feedback is one thing, but it sounds like Dark Energy is essentially turning us into QA testers (is that good or bad?).

"In the modern, interconnected world we think there should be better lines of communication between players and developer, which is exactly what Darknet delivers," said Jones.

"Gamers have shown us how much they appreciated being involved in the development process and we have responded. We’re really excited to be bringing Hydrophobia Prophecy and Darknet to PC using Steamworks because the ability to update the game seamlessly and regularly through Steam is a perfect fit for our commitment to acting upon feedback from the community. It also means we can update the Darknet system itself to ensure we continually adapt to serve players who want to participate more effectively."

Hydrophobia Prophecy will debut May 9th on Steam for the discounted pre-order price of $10.19 / £7.64, and come to PSN at a later date. There's no word yet on an actual sequel to Hydrophobia, but there's no harm in perfecting the first game before moving on to the rest of the planned trilogy.

Apr 26, 2011


  • Spybreak8 - April 27, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    I thought the game was good, got it after they updated it on XBLA and decreased the price. I however felt it was waaay short. If you take it as a game from yesteryear it ain't bad.
  • Lionzest7 - April 27, 2011 3:04 p.m.

    honestly, I'm not so sure about this. I was anticipating the first one since I saw that E3 demo which only had water flooding into the ship. Then I tried the demo and thought it was pretty meh at most. If it comes out at 10$ and is good I'll be happy, but if it sucks then its a bad attempt at patching a game that has too many flaws. Its good that they listened though. Kethmach, I don't see why anyone would be mad at multiplatforming games, its not reasonable nowadays for exclusives except on a first party basis. I understand its dumb for them to release and make you pay 10$ extra if you already have the original, but otherwise your complaints don't seem justified to me.
  • GhostbustTyler - April 26, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    Ha, I was about to say the same thing @Kethmach! It's fucking atrocious that they'd actually insult the people who shelled out $15 for this crap, then tell them they know nothing about games. Maybe they should take some courses to learn how to make them first and not assume that everyone is an idiot. Last year when the dev said that it just reminded me of the Kanye West outburst at the MTV Music Awards, minus all the funny memes and jokes it created afterwards.
  • MancisFrorkYorgan - April 26, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    In my opinion, the developers should have merely released this updated version for free. Many gamers were disappointed with Hydrophobia and features such as 'updated graphics' and 'recast voice acting' simply do not justify a price tag of £7.64.
  • Kethmach - April 26, 2011 7:20 p.m.

    This is hysterical. So the Hydrophobia game comes out on XBLA. It sucks. The community says "This game sucks". The developer basically said "No, you suck. Our game is awesome and you're opinion sucks because you're too stoopid to play our awesome game." Then the reviews suck, the sales REALLY suck... and the developer says "Okay... what do you want us to do then?" and an avalanche of "duh!" like corrections come in and the developer goes "Wow- we should have thought of that... it did suck. And it costs $15!" So they fix it, patch it and rerelease it for $10 with many of the improvements the Xbox community wanted. It reviews "better" and they knocked $5 off. Now- NOW- they're continuing to add the fixes the Xbox community wanted... but they're releasing THAT version for PSN and PC. Talk about FUCKING over the Xbox community that helped fix the piece of shit game. Seriously- I don't care one way or the other about the game (I wasn't impressed enough with either version to buy it) but still- that's a real "Fuck You" to the people that you were aiming the game at in the first place. I think I'd say that to the developer if I ever had the chance "Hey guys, nice of you to put out a shit game, insult the gamers that critiqued it, fix it a LITTLE, then come out with a reworked version and not release it to the people that helped you out. You're classic."
  • keltar93 - April 26, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    I can think of a few other games- and movies- that I'd like them to give the "fix the shit which is pretty much everything" treatment. The Last Airbender: Watchable Edition anyone?
  • Redeater - April 26, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    Or they could have just done it right the first time around instead of charging people again and again for the same game.
  • rabidpotatochip - April 26, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    Wow, look at that water. Recaptcha: "theday GNEDENKO". wtf?
  • JangoFettN7 - April 26, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    so If I want to play the "good" version of this I have to buy it again in steam/PSN? what about the people who bought it already on XBLA?
  • Darth_Griffin - April 26, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    I really did like Hydrophobia on XBLA, but this news made me squee. Although there were a couple things about it that were a bit iffy, it was amazing. I can't wait to play this

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