Aquanox: Deep Descent

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Aquanox: Deep Descent
Aquanox: Deep Descent cover
Developers
Digital Arrow
Publishers
THQ Nordic
Engines
Unreal Engine 4
Release dates
Windows October 16, 2020
Reception
Metacritic 70
OpenCritic 66
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Naval/watercraft
Themes Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Series AquaNox
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AquaNox
Archimedean Dynasty 1996
AquaNox 2001
AquaNox 2: Revelation 2003
Aquanox: Deep Descent 2020

Aquanox: Deep Descent is a first-person underwater vehicle shooter and a re-imagining of the AquaNox series, set in a period that predates the Archimedean Dynasty. It is the first game in the series to not be developed by Massive Development. Its development was publicly announced in August 2013 by Nordic Games and was followed by a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015.[1][2]

The game was released on October 16, 2020, distributed digitally through GOG and Steam, as well as retail channels offering a physical version containing bonus material.

As of the release day, the PC version lacks a number of important options, including a field of view slider and a vertical synchronization toggle. However, many of these options are adjustable through configuration files, while the native field of view can be modified using a community-made script.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Amazon.co.uk
Requires online activation
Limited Edition.
Windows
Gamesplanet
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Collector's Edition is also available.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Collector's Edition is also available.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Collector's Edition is also available.
Windows
Steam
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Collector's Edition is also available.
Windows

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\ANX\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/254370/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\ANX\Saved\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/254370/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video

Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Vert- scaling causing the cockpit to be out of view. See Field of view (FOV).
Ultra-widescreen
Vert- scaling and stretched FMVs.[3] See Field of view (FOV).
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Horizontal FOV of 80°. See Field of view (FOV) for other values.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Bound to the Texture Quality setting, where High and Very High are x8.
See Anisotropic filtering (AF) to override.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Uses TAA. May result in temporal artifacting on in-cockpit monitors when their status changes. See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 200 FPS. See Frame rate limit.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Field of view (FOV)

Modify FOV with Cheat Engine[4]
  1. Download and install Cheat Engine.
  2. Download the cheat table.
  3. Launch Cheat Engine and the game.
  4. From the File menu of Cheat Engine, click on Open Process.
  5. Select the game process and click on Open.
  6. From the File menu, click on Load (Ctrl+O).
  7. Locate the downloaded cheat table and click on Open.
  8. Click on the checkbox next to Activate AOB FOV hack.
  9. In the field Set FOV value, double click on Value, and set it to the desired FOV.
  • Below are the recommended values for different aspect ratios:
    • 21:9 - 95.5
    • 32:9 - 118.4
    • 48:9 (3x16:9) - 136.6
    • 48:10 (3x16:10) - 132.3
    • 12:3 (3x4:3) - 124.1

Anisotropic filtering (AF)

Override anisotropic filtering[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location and open Engine.ini in a text editor.
  2. Add the following and save the file.
[SystemSettings]
r.MaxAnisotropy=16
Anisotropic filtering quality can be adjusted by changing the value between 1 and 16.

Anti-aliasing (AA)

Enable FXAA through a configuration file[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location and open Engine.ini in a text editor.
  2. Add the following and save the file.
[SystemSettings]
r.DefaultFeature.AntiAliasing=1

Notes

Enabling FXAA will disable TAA.
Setting the value to 0 will disable anti-aliasing.

Vertical sync (Vsync)

Enable vsync in a configuration file[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location and open GameUserSettings.ini in a text editor.
  2. Find a line bUseVSync=False and set it to bUseVSync=True to enable Vsync.

Frame rate limit

Set FPS cap[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location and open GameUserSettings.ini in a text editor.
  2. Find the line FrameRateLimit=0.000000 and set the value to the desired FPS cap - setting the value to 0 will result in FPS being capped at 200 unless FPS smoothing is disabled.
Disable FPS smoothing (200+ FPS)[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location and open Engine.ini in a text editor.
  2. Add lines at the end of the file:
[/Script/Engine.Engine]
bSmoothFrameRate=0

Notes:

Uncapping the frame rate is not recommended.

Input

Gameplay settings
Gameplay settings

Audio

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
[5]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 Versus, Co-op
Co-op is limited to 4 players.

Connection types

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i7-950 - 3.3 GHz
AMD A8-6600K - 3.3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 560
AMD Radeon HD 7870
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/254370/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (254370) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. AquaNox reboot in development at Nordic Games - last accessed on 2020-10-06
  2. We're funded! - last accessed on 2020-10-06
  3. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-10-16
    Screenshots taken at 2560x1080 and 1920x1080, then compared. Played through the tutorial and some of the first mission at 21:9.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-10-15
  5. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-10-16
    Tested on a 5.1 sound system and confirmed the use of the rear speakers with Orban Loudness Meter.