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The world's first underwater Stealth/Trivia cheat-'em-up!
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Saved by the Diving Bell

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Hey there all you delinquent dolphins-to-be! Remy here, with another update about Classroom Aquatic!

Our intended release date for Classroom Aquatic has been bumped, as it turns out the last 10% of asset creation is taking longer than we anticipated. The remainder of items left on our to-do list pretty much all fall under polish, such as texturing 3D objects, doing our final drafts of the soundtracks, and implementing lighting effects and other technical art. Don’t you worry: just like in school, being late doesn’t matter so long as what you hand in is great!

Again, we apologize for the delay for the release of Classroom Aquatic. This delay is not caused by porting: our goal is to make the game the best it can be on every platform, and we're dedicated to do just that.

In the spirit of the mechanics of the game, we’d thought we’d give you a peek at how the first two are coming along, and then have a mini update later on about the last!

First up, textures! We want the world of Classroom Aquatic to come alive, including the place you’ll be living! This is your bathysphere dorm room!

You could say it could use some tide-ying up? Hahaha! No but seriously this place looks like a typhoon hit it.
You could say it could use some tide-ying up? Hahaha! No but seriously this place looks like a typhoon hit it.

The bathysphere dorm room functions as your home away from home, your reverse fishbowl under the sea, during your time abroad in dolphin school!

This reclaimed Cold-War era diving bell is just like you: if it weren’t for cheating, it wouldn’t have passed all it's safety tests!
This reclaimed Cold-War era diving bell is just like you: if it weren’t for cheating, it wouldn’t have passed all it's safety tests!

In game, it functions as your main menu, where you tweak options in the onboard computer, view achievements in your trophy rack, and go through the campaign in your daily planner!

The cactus’ name is Mr. Pickle. Everybody say, “Hi Mr. Pickle!”
The cactus’ name is Mr. Pickle. Everybody say, “Hi Mr. Pickle!”

Now that we’ve seen some sweet stuff, why not lend a little listen to one of our latest soundtracks? Our almost-aptly-named sound designer, Eric Cappello, has composed a piece for the Science classroom! Eric’s pieces are composed to capture the theme of the classroom, the teacher, their subject, and how the test is taken. As well, they keep pace with the time to let the player know how long they have left! Check out this snippet of the Science soundtrack, and see what you can interpret from it!

https://soundcloud.com/ericcappello/science-class?in=ericcappello/sets/classroom-aquatic-soundtrack

That’s all for now! Until next time, remember that seaweed can easily be mistaken for the tentacles of a man-eating sea monster. That’s because the tentacles of a man-eating sea monster feel just like seaweed!

Im-Ocean-Ation!

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Hey there all you fanciful flounders! Remy here, reporting from our underwater development studio with an important update about Classroom Aquatic!

As our followers know, Classroom Aquatic is designed to be a game that you can dive into and play whenever you want. Now, we’re most excited to say that thanks to the folks at Daydream, soon you’ll also be able to play Classroom Aquatic wherever you want! That’s right: Classroom Aquatic is going mobile!

We don’t have a picture of the Daydream, so here’s a picture of a daydreaming dolphin!
We don’t have a picture of the Daydream, so here’s a picture of a daydreaming dolphin!

I don’t mean to hyperventilate, but do you understand what this means? And before you say “Actually yes, we think we do understand”, I would say that you don’t understand what this means, otherwise you’d be way more excited! And since I stopped you from saying that, you don’t now have to say “Really? Alright, I’m sorry, please go ahead and tell us what this means?”, and that’s OK because I accept your apology and was going to tell you anyway.

This means Classroom Aquatic will be playable on Daydream-Ready Android devices. Take it with you to the beach, or on a boat, or by the pool, or any other place where it’d be perfectly normal to be seen wearing a VR headset! You could also bring Classroom Aquatic into your class at school. Just imagine-- while you’re playing Classroom Aquatic, trying not to get caught cheating in the game, you can be trying not to get caught playing the game in your real classroom!

Speaking of daydreaming, we wanted to share a little of the creative stuff we’ve been thinking up for some of the levels in Classroom Aquatic. Come take a peek at some concept art!

First off we have an experiment being run by Doctor Delphinidae:

The newspaper isn’t part of the experiment: the cuttlefish just likes keeping up with current events.

Here’s a concept layout for a super secret classroom!

We’d tell you more about it, but then it wouldn’t be super secret.

Finally, here’s an object that we’re thinking of putting into that super secret classroom!

Look how happy it is! Imagine seeing it up close in VR, too!

Last, we had a chat with a cool person from PopOptic about our game. If you’d like to read about why we’re not worried about a cheating epidemic following the release of our game, swim on over here and give their article a read!

That’s all for now! Till next time, remember that whenever you’re at the beach and you put on a VR headset, this thing will come out of the water and watch you!

 And when you take your headset off, it’ll go back underwater, but it'll still be there.

 It’ll still be watching you.

Eu-reef-ka!

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Hey there all you conch potatoes! Remy here, with an update about Classroom Aquatic that is so cool it could reverse global warming!

You’ve already met Professor Porpoise, the History and Delphinities teacher, who patrols his classroom trying to stop pupils from peering at each others’ papers. Now it’s time to unveil our newest teacher: Doctor Delphinidae, the Science and Mathematics teacher!

While Professor Porpoise cruises the rows and columns of the History classroom, Doctor D monitors the science students from the front of the class.

 There, Doctor Delphinidae periodically peers, reviewing the class.

But years of looking into microscopes has taken its toll on the science-minded cetacean’s eyesight, and any seasoned diver will tell you how quickly glasses fog up underwater. Cheaters should take note when the glasses come off!

Not entirely blinded with science, but close!
Not entirely blinded with science, but close!

As the semester progresses, more and more research grants will float the school’s way, allowing for the invention of super-scientific anti-cheating gizmos. What devilish devices will Doctor Delphinidae design? With any luck, you won’t need a JSTOR account to find out!

Speaking of incredible machines, we’re happy to announce that we’ve gotten our gloved flippers on an HTC Vive!

It's a Vive! IT'S A VIVE!
It's a Vive! IT'S A VIVE!

It’s official-- Classroom Aquatic will be available for HTC Vive hardware! We were trying to think of a way to commemorate this announcement with something special, so we made Gabe Newell into a Nudibranch.

Gabe Newelldibranch
Gabe Newelldibranch

Finally, we wanted to share our comic with you all on Kickstarter! For the past few weeks, we’ve been drawing Classroom Aquatic Comics—Classroom Aquomics! These little comic strips are a way for us to explore ideas about our world in a few funny panels. Our newest one even has Doctor Delphinidae in it!

You can check out all our Classroom Aquomics on Instagram, our Website, Twitter, and Facebook, and keep an eye out for concept art, conventions, and photos of us working on the game!

That’s all for now! Until next time, remember that when it comes to school science fair projects, you’re not impressing anybody with that baking soda volcano. More like half-baked-ing soda volcano.

Part of the Ofishal Selection!

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Hey there all you outstanding ostracod! Remy here, with an award-winning update about Classroom Aquatic!

We here at Sunken Places think Classroom Aquatic is a fintastic VR experience! But even we were shocked when we found out that Classroom Aquatic has been nominated for Best VR Game at this year’s Vision VR/AR Awards!

There! We're right THERE! Do you see us? Right THERE!
There! We're right THERE! Do you see us? Right THERE!

Whether or not we’ll win the award is not certain. What is certain, however, is our HONORABLE MENTION FOR BEST VR EXPERIENCE!!!

THERE! BAM! SECURED! 100%! BOOYAH!
THERE! BAM! SECURED! 100%! BOOYAH!

And just in case we don’t win, remember that honorable mention is way cooler than being a finalist for best VR game. Think about it--the mention we got was ‘honorable’. I bet our mention came from like a knight or Winston Churchill or someone really honorable like that.

Source: Wikipedia or something
Source: Wikipedia or something

You can check out the other nominees on the Vision VR/AR Awards website, and we'll be there on February 10th--stop by if you're in the area!

Speaking of honorable things worth mentioning, we’ve updated our website!

Teacher's Note: Try clicking the light switch at the bottom!
Teacher's Note: Try clicking the light switch at the bottom!

It now sports tons of cool goodies, like an updated layout, a news blog for game updates, screenshots and comics, and a shop where you can buy an awesome dolphin shirt! (In case you were wondering, this isn’t the backer reward shirt: we’re making something special for you all.) We’ll be updating the site as we get closer to release, so be sure to check back often! 

That’s all for now! Until next time, remember that despite popular belief, urine does not help ease the pain of jellyfish stings. The recommended medical treatment is to immediately rub the afflicted area with a Classroom Aquatic T-Shirt, available at classroomaquatic.com/product-doltshirt.html!

A Sardine in your Stocking

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Seasons Greetings to all you giddy sailors! It’s Remy here, with a sleek new electric blue update about Classroom Aquatic!

There’s something we’ve been wanting to tell you for a long time. Something that way back when we thought would never happen.

And then it happened!

But we still couldn’t tell you.

So we waited. Oh, how we waited. Like a fisherman all alone in the vast ocean, we sat watching our line to see when we could tell the fish about our awesome new game update.

Well, you great mariners, it's finally time to share the exciting news! Drumroll, please!

Get it?
Get it?

 CLASSROOM AQUATIC WILL BE ON THE PLAYSTATION 4!

From now on Playstation 4’s will be referred to as “Classroom Aquatic Playable Devices”.
From now on Playstation 4’s will be referred to as “Classroom Aquatic Playable Devices”.

That’s right! Earlier this month, we were busy showing off the game on the Playstation VR device at the Playstation Experience. You can read our announcement on the Sony blog here!

This guy didn’t feel CHEATED out of his VR experience! Ha! Well, actually this guy might have been the one where the game crashed, I don’t remember.
This guy didn’t feel CHEATED out of his VR experience! Ha! Well, actually this guy might have been the one where the game crashed, I don’t remember.

Not only is this the most earth shattering news of your day, but Classroom Aquatic is our studio’s first game ever, so it's pretty monumental for us too! Not only will we be available on PCs and Macs via Steam, but now we’ll be available on Playstation consoles as well! So thanks a lot Sony! We’re proud to be part of the family. And screw you Kim Jong-il! Don’t hack our family!

Down the fishing line, we’ll be figuring out how to add a reward option for Kickstarter backers to renew their copy of Classroom Aquatic through a Playstation code. Until then, I suggest making a Bloodborne character wearing the Cainhurst Set, as it makes you look the most like a dolphin.

That’s all for now! Until next time, have a happy holiday, and remember: X marks the spot, but Square brings up the treasure map.