Shiver me timbers I’m back on the seven seas with the Blazing Sails Lunar Update 1.3.0. This is a big milestone for the game as it continues its journey through early access, we see the arrival of a new island, new cosmetics and a hand full of new features plus tons of awesome quality of life updates that every player will love to sink their teeth into. I wouldn’t be lying when I say that this update is probably the biggest update that we have gotten for Blazing Sails. This little preview will cover my time playing the game as it currently stands and my thoughts on the new things added.
The Lunar Update 1.3.0 brings with it some nice additions, the biggest one would probably be the new Lunar Lands that you can now visit on the map. These massive rocky pillars are connected with bridges and walkways and make for a perfect vantage point to scope out any other ships on the horizon or maybe a clean sniping location. This new location can be found between Trident and Bandit Bay and looks even better a night when sailing past as its all lit up and looks fantastic. It’s nice to see Blazing Sails have new points of interest added as it helps keep the map fresh and feeling new.
Next, we have the Sail damage, by firing your cannons at an enemy ships sails they will take some damage and in turn will make the enemy ship slow down. This can be very useful when in pursuit of other ships or maybe if you want to make a quick getaway. I like this mechanic as it adds another level of technique to the gameplay as it makes it easier to catch up with other ships and board them. Not only this but it visually looks cool. I found myself using this mechanic to my advantage when playing mainly to board other ships.
The new Lunar cosmetics are cool and are here for the Lunar New Year. These new cosmetics do look the part from new sail designs to dragon masks and can be easily obtained while playing the game. I pretty much have a few of them already and I have just been playing the new update and seeing what the 1.3.0 update has in store. You can now change the colour of the Deadzone for people who suffer from Colour-blindness or might just want to change its colour, I didn’t mind it the way it was before but I suppose it is nice to have the option to change the colour just in case you find it hard to see when it was the default one. Not only this but other quality of life changes have been implemented such as the ability to save loadouts on pirates and ships, in-game weapon stats and tighter turns when dropping the anchor mid sail. All of these do add to the enjoyment and fun you get from playing Blazing Sails. Along with some new UI for cannons and some changes made to sniping I have to say I’m really happy with the progression and the direction Blazing Sails is going as it comes closer to its full release. To find out the full list of changes and features added to Blazing Sails please follow the link to their steam page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1158940/Blazing_Sails_Pirate_Battle_Royale/
Since the last Preview
So, from my last preview, the only real problem I had with Blazing Sails was its servers and finding games. This has been solved and finding a game has never been so much easier, servers are broken down into regions and have lobbies that you can join to get games started. They have also implemented day cycles into the map so when playing it can be night time, day time, dusk or dawn which adds to the whole atmosphere of a match. There are some little bugs here and there but overall it feels so much more polished than it was the first time I ventured on to the seven seas. I would say it’s worth checking out and for anyone that is a fan of Sea of Thieves and Battle, Royales come set sail and be the last ship sailing.
Early Access games are more common nowadays and some of them aren’t up to standards even when they update them regularly, however, Blazing Sails is an early access game that feels complete but still is offering a new way to play as well as game-changing updates and regular polishing. I am very happy with the game and enjoy every moment. This time around I wouldn’t say there is anything that I’m not happy with. The sailing feels incredible, the combat is fair and the flow of a match feels right. Shame that we are still waiting on the female pirate to be released and it would be nice to maybe have some more character customization added but that is me just trying to find things that could be added. There are still a few things that they are hoping to add at a later date and I am more than happy to wait for them to come as the game at this point is brilliant. It’s miles better than it was when I first got my hands on it a few months ago and the only direction this game seems to be heading is up. So, grab your pirate hats, get aboard your vessels and conquer the seven seas and become the best pirate around.
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Blazing Sails is Developed by Get Up Games and Published by Iceberg Interactive
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