A screenshot of the Endless Ocean Luminous title screen from Nintendo of American's official overview trailer upload. It shows the title of the game in the centre, in front of a silhouette of a diver swimming down into the ocean depths.
Screenshot via Nintendo of America

Dive together with your friends in Endless Ocean Luminous, coming May 2

Find fish to take selfies with and drag your friends into it.

Almost 15 years after Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep came to the Nintendo Wii, the third installment of the series is rising up from the deep. Endless Ocean Luminous is set to be released on May 2, 2024, with plenty of great social features to make your ocean adventure even more amazing.

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Play online with your friends in Endless Ocean Luminous

One of the stand-out features of Endless Ocean Luminous is the social aspect. Many exploration indie games, such as FlOw, Subnautica, and A Highland Song are all solo experiences. Endless Ocean Luminous has a multiplayer option for those playing online, where you can dive in groups with your friends or other online players.

A screenshot of the Endless Ocean Luminous title screen from Nintendo of American's official overview trailer upload. It shows several divers swimming together, following a Stingray swimming off into the distance. Above the players are each of their names.
Screenshot via Nintendo of America

This is a truly unique feature for this kind of game, and we're excited to see more aesthetic indie games learn from the team over at Arika and Nintendo who made this possible. Although solo cozy games are great, they can be limiting because it's hard to share the experience with anyone in real-time. With a multiplayer online option, divers can enjoy the ocean together—and there's plenty to do!

Multiplayer mode

Though the other Endless Ocean games had multiplayer options, the multiplayer mode in Endless Ocean Luminous is going to be a bit different. By playing online, up to 30 people will be able to dive together and explore the waters of the game.

Together with your group, you can swim through the Veiled Sea in an unexplored region of the South Pacific Ocean. Here, you will be able to learn about different fish and other marine life, adventure through the ocean, and even encounter a few mythical creatures thought to be long extinct or to not exist at all.

The game allows you to share codes online so that your friends can find the same part of the ocean that you're in and join you on a little swim. To communicate in the ocean, you'll need to use the in-game hand signals, similar to how real scuba divers talk to each other during expeditions to the deep! It's an innovative game with a lot of research and thought behind it, perfect for gamers who want to socialize more without playing first-person shooters.

How do I find a diving group for Endless Ocean Luminous?

A screenshot of the Endless Ocean Luminous title screen from Nintendo of American's official overview trailer upload. It shows a Blackspotted Puffer fish swimming near the ocean floor with information about the fish - including its name and size.
Screenshot via Nintendo of America

If you don't have any friends interested in a marine exploration game, you may be able to find a group online to dive with. Given that the game hasn't been released yet, there aren't many social media groups floating around. Here are the two available Facebook groups for the game:

There's also a YouTuber who is very excited about the game and has been posting updates about it. Mandy's Gaming Garden has a community of followers, and she has created a Discord for those who want to dive together. You can find an invite to her Discord, "The Gaming Garden", in the description of the Endless Ocean Luminous videos that she's uploaded.

What is the objective of Endless Ocean Luminous?

You start the game as a scuba diver whose role is to document any marine life you come across on your travels. To interact with any of the fish or other creatures you find, you'll need to collect the bioluminescent light around them. Once you've done this, the game will show you the creature's name, size, and a text box of information that tells you more about it.

There are over 500 creatures to find in Endless Ocean Luminous, which is sure to keep you and your diving group busy after the game's release on May 2. You'll be able to look back on your progress using the creature log, which registers each of your encounters while playing.

Not only will you be able to take selfies with the marine life you find, you'll also be able to choose which of them follow you on your journey.

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What platforms will Endless Ocean Luminous be on?

At the moment, Endless Ocean Luminous is only set to be released on the Nintendo Switch and will cost $49.99. However, if you wanted to try one of the other games in the series, both Endless Ocean and Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep were created to run on the Nintendo Wii all those years ago.

There's no news yet about Endless Ocean Luminous being released on other gaming systems or platforms.

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