"The game is set in an underwater world and its research objective is to experiment with the use of emergent social behavior as a design material. This means crafting a game that has some story elements, but leaves others open for players to create on their own. Mermaids runs on the Multiverse platform. In 2007, the Phase 1 Prototype was presented at the Game Developers Conference, Indie Game Developers Conference, the SIGGRAPH Sandbox, and the Austin Game Developers Conference. The game is scheduled to go into an Alpha phase in early 2008 under the Multiverse “Worlds-in-Progress” program."