Nintendo will release Endless Ocean: Blue World at the end of February, allowing players to once again dive into the realistic and colorful worlds of the deep, interacting with all manner of fish and sea life on an adventure that Nintendo promises will be more of a game than the experience provided by its predecessor.
The original Endless Ocean was more of a casual time-sink than anything else, with a very light narrative concerning a treasure hunt. In Blue World, players are led on a more structured quest concerning what Kotaku is referring to as “archaeological exploration” through four different (and fictional) underwater locales with different climates and therefore different native wildlife.
The game once again supports online co-op, and this time the Wii Speak peripheral is also supported. The controls are apparently quite intuitive, requiring nothing but the Wii Remote to play (unfortunately MotionPlus is not supported).
Other truly “game-like” elements include upgradable equipment that will allow you to dive to deeper depths and stay submerged for longer periods of time, and a gun-like tool called a Pulsar that can subdue sharks and other fish should they become a threat, or conversely, return health to any fish who may be sick.
The original Endless Ocean was perfect for the most casual of fans, and Blue World looks to continue in that tradition, while it’s updated gameplay should help draw in those that were skeptical of the game’s lack of complexity the first time around.
We’ll be able to find out for ourselves when the game launches later this month.