Sword of the Sea Announced for PS5
The 2023 May PlayStation Showcase has already revealed a slew of new PlayStation content. Among all of the announcements, one game called Sword of the Sea caught the attention of many gamers. Evidently, that's because it comes from Giant Squid, the studio behind titles like Abzu and Pathless, both of which are atmospheric adventure games that are typically free-roaming and therapeutic. And Sword of the Sea appears to be the next best title on that front. In fact, Giant Squid says “Sword of the Sea is our most ambitious game to date.”
Following in the footsteps of the studio's previous releases, the announcement trailer shows an unknown figure hoverboarding across a magical desert where the terrain flows in waves and dolphins fly in the sky. According to the developer's statement, Sword of the Sea features “a brand-new movement mechanic: the Hoversword.” It's said to control like a snowboard, skateboard, and hoverboard all in one. As evidenced by the unknown figure shredding up a sand half-pipe in the trailer.
Furthermore, it has an oddly similar tone to Annapurna Interactive's Journey, but that's most likely because some of the visual artists behind that game are assisting in the development of Sword of the Sea.
Given that the game was only recently announced, no release date or window was shown in the trailer. All we know for sure is that it will be released on PS5. And, most likely PC, however, the latter is merely speculation. Nonetheless, Sword of the Sea appears to be on track for its genre: a cinematic adventure that will fill our hearts with wonder and make us question why we never leave the house. The movement should sweep us away, and the visuals should completely immerse us in the game. But that is precisely what we enjoy and anticipate from these mesmerizing adventure games: the freedom, tranquillity, and curiosity to explore.