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subROV is a simulation game that allows you to launch and pilot a submarine ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) and explore the oceans.

Pilot an ROV

Transport, deploy, and take control of a full-ocean-depth rated submarine equipped with an array of advanced tools.

Take on Contracts

Choose from several missions with varied objectives, charting the seafloor and performing science observations.

Explore the Oceans

Get to the bottom of isolated trenches, survey unknown wreckages, and study creatures barely known to science.

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We have started a new playtest on Steam!

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What we expect from the playtest

We have overhauled the game's controls and the game now works with keyboard/mouse/pads/joysticks. The tutorials' texts adapt on the fly to the controller you are using, and there's a new help system to give you information on the controls without having to look at the manual. We have also addressed most of the feedback we received from the previous playtest, and made improvements across the board.

The purpose of this playtest is to check that the new control system works fine, and to get your overall impressions on the game so far.

How YOU can help

Play the game and give us feedback, any feedback! We'll take your opinion into consideration and will do our best to improve the game based on it.

You can send us feedback in many ways:

  • Straight from the game at any time by pressing F8,
  • Through our Discord Server,
  • Through Twitter,
  • By email (info 'at' sqr3lab.com)

Seriously, keep in touch! we'll love to hear from you.

Other things to Keep in mind

  • The game is still in early development. Both features and content will change between now and release.
  • You can stream and record the game, but please let people know that it is a playtest from an early version.
  • subROV has a manual! Give it a look if you want a full explanation of how the various game systems work.



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subROV Playtest is now live!

subROV Playtest is now live!


subROV Submarine Exploration Sim Playtest is now live

subROV Steam page and trailer

subROV Steam page and trailer


Underwater exploration game subROV has new Trailer, Steam page.

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