Underwater hearing

Racer1Racer1 Members Join Date: 2002-11-22 Member: 9615Posts: 1,595 Advanced user
Most underwater games today either have a generic water sound in the background, or completely forego realistic water physics and allow you hear outside events as if they occurred in the open air.

I'd like to see (or rather, hear) something different. Who is to say that technology would not eventually allow us to hear in ways similar to fish? In water, sounds travel much farther and have much richer tones than we are accustomed to on land. A player (with appropriate stereo/surround sound headphones) could, through hearing alone, notice things that would have been otherwise missed.

How this could play out:
- Ambient ocean noise would bounce off rock formations and let the player "feel" that a large rock formation exists to the north, even though they cannot see it.
- Large animals and geologic events also produce sounds that carry miles. The player might notice a school of very large animals singing as they swim a mile away. Will we ever actually see them? Were they whales? Who knows? :)
- Provide a different level of immersion and perception if you are in a sub vs swimming in the open ocean. Maybe in the sub you would also hear submarine noises, making it harder to distinguish between them and outside noise. While out in the ocean sounds would be clearer, but perhaps not as powerful (since your wetsuit hearing tech is less advanced than the sub).
- Enhancements could be made to hear very low frequency sounds (similar to how whale sounds are played back), to find animals that only operate at those frequencies.


  • cooliticcoolitic Right behind youMembers Join Date: 2013-04-02 Member: 184609Posts: 1,684 Advanced user
    I would love this, but devs should be careful not to over do it.
    When life gives you lemons, throw it back and demand chocolate.

  • tohrbogentohrbogen Members Join Date: 2012-06-22 Member: 153543Posts: 15 Fully active user
    I think there is some real potential in this hearing thing. Like you get used to hearing creatures and distinguishing them.
    Then you're swimming in deep seas and hear different sounds of maybe threatening fish :)
  • _mod_mod New ZealandMembers, Reinforced - Supporter Join Date: 2013-11-01 Member: 188922Posts: 44 Fully active user
    Related to but kinda tangential. An electrosensing technology would be really cool to sense the types of things your naming.
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