We'll give this to developer Dark Energy Digital: it refuses to let Hydrophobia sink into the abyss without a fight. Late last year, the studio released the "Pure" update, which was one of the most substantial post-launch overhauls ever performed on a game. Now, the company is activating the "Hydrophobia Listening Post," asking the community what it wants from the game universe (and, likely, its planned sequels).

The Listening Post is presented as a series of questions on the Hydrophobia game site that seeks to incorporate player feedback into development. Creative director Pete Jones says the company was "absolutely blown away" by the response to Pure and believes "there should be a two-way relationship between developer and players."

If you still haven't dipped your toes into Hydrophobia (whose price was permanently dropped to 800 points [$10] on Xbox Live Arcade last month alongside the update), the game will be ripe for more feedback when it goes on sale next week for $5.

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Hydrophobia Listening Post Launched
At the end of December we launched Hydrophobia Pure; a significant title update for Hydrophobia based on all the feedback from the community. Your feedback helped shape the changes and we want to continue to listen, which is why we have created the Hydrophobia Listening Post – a new way for you to tell us what you want to see in the Hydrophobia universe. At the Hydrophobia Listening Post you can rate every feature of Hydrophobia Pure, add specific suggestions and comments and even suggest aspects of the game you would like to see rated by the community.

The democratic results of these polls will directly influence the priorities of development for future games in the Hydrophobia universe and Dark Energy Digital are committed to delivering on the requests and ideas raised via the listening post as fully as possible.

" We launched Hydrophobia Pure after conducting extensive research into the issues players and critics had and the features you wanted to see included. We were absolutely blown away by the response you gave us, and the reception Hydrophobia Pure received. We believe there should be a two way relationship between developer and players, and as such we are committed to continuing the philosophy of collecting and acting upon your feedback to our games. " – Pete Jones, Joint Creative Director

Hydrophobia Pure launched on 21st December as a free title update and coincided with a price drop to 800 points.

The Hydrophobia Listening Post can be found at www.hydrophobia-game.com/listening.php

This article was originally published on Joystiq.