December 22, 2014

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Can’t throw on a scuba tank and go diving on a tropical coral reef with Sylvia Earle this week? No problem! Infinite Scuba® offers a realistic scuba diving experience from the comfort of your home, and not only can you dive with Dr. Earle, you can be her! Cascade Game Foundry just released two exciting additions to its Infinite Scuba video game: a Sylvia Earle avatar and a new Belize dive site.

“Mission Blue is delighted to partner with Cascade Game Foundry on Infinite Scuba,” says Dr. Earle. “Experiencing the beauty, mystery and fragility of the ocean in such a hands-on way will inspire the people who play the game to protect our planet’s blue heart.”

Kathie Flood, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Cascade Game Foundry (CGF) says, “It is a true honor to include Dr. Earle as part of our diving game experience. Her endeavors as an ocean explorer and conservationist inspired the creation of Infinite Scuba and will allow our players to experience the ocean’s beauty and the cause of preservation on a whole new level.”

Glover’s Reef – the game’s newly introduced dive site – is one of Sylvia Earle’s favorite spots in Belize. As part of the Mesoamerican Reef Hope Spot, which extends from Isla Contoy on the north of the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay Islands of Honduras, Glover’s Reef is an excellent place to spot whale sharks – the largest fish in the world – as they feed on fish eggs.

“The Belize dive site showcases new marine life, new activities like reef cleanup and tagging invasive species, and a new environment with dramatic depth changes and significant tidal surge,” Flood adds. “It’s definitely a contrast to the World War II shipwreck featured in our first site, Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia.”

© Cascade Game Foundry

© Cascade Game Foundry

The Mesoamerican Reef is the second of Mission Blue’s Hope Spots that CGF has recreated for Infinite Scuba. The first, Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia, offers a whole other array of exciting features and opportunities to explore.

Infinite Scuba offers players age eight and up “relaxing and realistic adventures” as they virtually explore various dive sites, identify wildlife, capture images and discover artifacts while learning about history and science. In an effort to support Sylvia Earle’s conservation initiatives, CGF will donate $1 from each copy of Infinite Scuba sold to Mission Blue. Dr. Earle’s newly introduced avatar, complete with her signature ruby flippers and SCUBAPRO® gear, is included at no charge when players download the new game update. The Belize dive site is being released simultaneously as a separate add-on that also includes Dr. Earle’s avatar.

Dr. Sylvia Earle's avatar, complete with her signature ruby flippers. © Cascade Game Foundry

Dr. Sylvia Earle’s avatar, complete with her signature ruby flippers. © Cascade Game Foundry

Mission Blue would like to congratulate Infinite Scuba for being a finalist in the prestigious Game Connection America Selected Projects 2014. Infinite Scuba is also part of the Sea Monsters Revealed: Aquatic Bodies exhibit that is currently on view at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Sea Monsters Revealed: Aquatic Bodies was created by BASE Entertainment, the creators of the Bodies exhibit.

Learn more about Infinite Scuba and download it for Windows and Mac at www.infinitescuba.com.

Infinite Scuba® is a registered trademark or service mark of Cascade Game Foundry, Corp. All Rights Reserved.

Featured image (top): Sylvia Earle’s avatar encountering a whale shark in Belize. © Cascade Game Foundry.

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