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|Developer(s)||Sonalysts Combat Simulations|
|Distributor(s)||Strategy First, Valve|
|Release date(s)||February 25, 2005
February 7, 2006 (Steam)
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
|Distribution||CD-ROM, Steam download|
Dangerous Waters is a 2005 naval warfare simulation game developed by Sonalysts Combat Simulations. It was released for Microsoft Windows on February 22, 2005, and was released on Steam on February 7, 2006.
Dangerous Waters is a naval warfare simulation game which features many player-controllable units deployed in the armed forces of 18 different countries. Campaign mode allows a player to control forces as the United States Navy, Russian Federation Navy, or People's Liberation Army Navy of China. Players can perform multiple station roles such as radar and sonar, required to complete missions manually, or have those stations played in AI mode with simulated crew members manning non-command functions.
While many types of units are seen within the game, there are only a few that can actually be controlled by the player. Some of the most notable ones that can be controlled are the Los Angeles-class submarine, the P-3 Orion, and the Akula-class submarine.
Dangerous Waters allows the player to create scenarios using an included mission editor which includes a scripting language. Dangerous Waters can use and import scenario scripts from these other games: 688(I) Hunter/Killer, Sub Command, and Fleet Command.
The game was initially not sold in stores, and was only available through the website www.battlefront.com. It received generally positive reviews, although the limited distribution and highly technical nature of the game meant it was unlikely to find a very large audience. In December 2005, Dangerous Waters was made available at retail stores by publisher Strategy First. In early January 2006, Valve announced it would be selling Dangerous Waters via its Steam content delivery system. The preload began January 24, 2006, and was released a few weeks later, February 7.
Dangerous Waters was published in Europe by BlackBean Games and was in UK stores on May 26, 2006. It included exclusive European content on a second DVD (also available on the company's website. A 90-page printed manual was included in the box (consisting of the first four sections of the 570 page manual, plus appendices), with the full manual as a PDF file.
- Gamespot review, By Tracy Baker, GameSpot.cpm May 12, 2005.
- Steam news release, January 10, 2006.
- Black Bean website, May 2006.