Oh, no one should take my opinion of In Other Waters with much seriousness! I only played the early parts. It does look like it’s doing some cool alien ecology stuff like Surviving Mars did. And there could be an intriguing Observer-style story down the line, in terms of how the player and protagonist relate to each other. But I just wasn’t into the text-based approach to building an alien world. My feeling – which is perhaps unfair – is that if you can’t reach the level of Fallen London, 80 Days, or Disco Elysium, I’m not really interested in a game that relies on a lot of reading.
But I hope folks that play it will post about it, because I am kind of curious where it goes.