The day before yesterday, we received word by way of a Twitter teaser that Essential was finally planning to release its hotly-anticipated Ocean Depths color. It turns out that Andy Rubin and friends actually had even more in store, with a Stellar Gray and a never-before-seen Copper Black also coming onto the scene. Unfortunately, these will cost $ 599 apiece — a full $ 100 over the price of a Moon Black or Pure White unit.
We’ll have to wait until Thursday before we know exactly what Essential is teasing, but it appears that the company is ready to launch its Ocean Depths color of the Essential Phone. This color has been official since the Essential Phone was first announced, but Essential has never given a solid release date for it.
It’s great to see that Essential may finally be getting this Ocean Depths version of the Essential Phone out. While the new color likely won’t give a huge boost to the Essential Phone’s sales numbers, having more color options is always a good thing, and there are likely some people out there that’ve been waiting for this Ocean Depths model to arrive.
The Essential PH-1 is easily one of the most beautiful smartphones on the market, with its almost-nonexistent bezels and ceramic back. Back in October, the company released a ‘Pure White’ version of the PH-1 that looked fantastic, but white isn’t really a very special color. If you want special, you’ll have to look to the Ocean Depths color, which Essential is now teasing a launch date of February 15th for.
Late last month we checked out the trailer for upcoming top-down roguelike endless dungeon crawler The Scrungeon Depths from developer Chase Holton, who has previously brought us other top-down wonders like Gwarmbee [Free] and Flamboygen [$ 1.99]. The Scrungeon Depths looked really cool a month ago, but it’s actually made quite a few strides in the short time since that last trailer, and the game is even at the point where the developer is looking to recruit some beta testers to put the game through its paces. There’s also a brand new trailer for The Scrungeon Depths showing where it’s at so far.
If you’re interested in taking The Scrungeon Depths for an early spin as part of its beta testing period, you can find all the information you need for both iOS and Android by clicking the link in this beta testing thread in our forums. I’m kind of a sucker for top-down dungeon crawlers of any kind, but especially the endless and roguelike variety, so I’ll be very interested in getting my hands on The Scrungeon Depths once it’s finished off its beta testing and gets released in the App Store hopefully in the near future.
Chase Holton is the developer behind Flamboygen [$ 2.99], which released earlier this year. It featured a metal soundtrack, so it’s pretty alright in my book. Now Holton is set to tackle 2D roguelite dungeon crawlers with The Scrungeon Depths. You’ll be trying to survive as long as possible through endless, randomly-generated dungeons. Thankfully, you’ll have some trusty melee weaponry, and bombs. Lots of bombs. And those bombs can blow up the walls as well as enemies. Which, there’s going to be a lot of enemies. Just check out the trailer:
Not only will you have to deal with enemy hell madness, but giant bosses will come to wreck your life too. I am all for more roguelite dungeon crawlers, and this looks like it could be fun. Keep an eye out on the forum thread for more news and details on the development of The Scrungeon Depths.