From the Depths a one-man labour of love. One that also evolved and became one of the most complex, popular builder games on Steam. Which is now officially leaving Early Access. Nick Smart founded Brilliant Skies Ltd in 2013. Having also worked on the game even prior to that. Likewise, a successful candidate of the steam greenlight system. Growing strength to strength with some prominent YouTubers noticing the game.
So now seven years on, the company now employs and contracts over 12 people. Also, a true Scottish gaming success story. As a Defence engineer, Nick took a wealth of unique knowledge. Applying everything to produce From the Depths to create vehicles from voxel blocks. Likewise, creating multiblock systems such as missile and cannon systems. Designing AI’s and pit these creations against each other in a designer or campaign setting. The complexity and depth of the various systems has created a cult following of over 330,000 players. While players love the freedom to create boats, planes, submarines, spaceships, airships. Really anything they can think of.
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Community was a huge part in creating From the Depths. Since many community members help to create the vehicles for the various factions. Which now total nine, each with their own theme, lore and music. The Steam workshop also features over 200,000 creations that people have shared. Many of the modding community that created interesting add-on systems. Either employed or contracted to work for the development team. While now, most of the studio full of people that play the game themselves.
From the Depths players have to think about their engineering choices. So these vehicle creations can last weeks or even months on a creation. Letting you customise everything exactly how they want.
Since the naval sandbox releases out of Early Access. There are over 90+ music tracks. Custom jet intakes, exhaust connectors and generators, huge missiles, new Neter campaign map. Plus sensor blocks, camouflage texturing, co-op adventure mode. Not to mention battle royale mode and anything else that makes it in before release!