Indie development studio Fireblade Software have announced the release date for the Early Access launch of Abandon Ship. The new single-player game will release on February 21st on Steam.Become the Captain of your very own ship, hire a crew and travel the seas of a fantasy world inspired by the Age of Sail period, complete with pirates and deadly sea creatures. Battle against weather, overcome fearsome odds, and survive the depths in an FTL meets Master & Commander gameplay experience. Check out the new trailer here:
Combat in Abandon Ship is very tactical, forcing you to juggle between your crew’s placement on the ship, weapons to fire, and damage to fix. Players can upgrade their vessel to fit their style. From long-ranged cannon combat to short ranged harpoon and boarding, players have a wide variety of options. Add to this the effects of weather and environment to the fight, and there’s always plenty of factors in every encounter. But you can’t fight without a loyal crew, and each crew member you find in ports has their own bonuses in combat. They aren’t invincible to damage or the elements, so keep an eye on them lest they have a watery demise.
The world of Abandon Ship is heavily inspired by naval oil paintings, embracing the beautiful aesthetic of artists like Willem Velde, James Wilson Carmichael and Ebenezer Colls (so much that borders are literal picture frames). Along with its art style is procedural-generation, letting players enjoy a diverse environment that can react to the player’s choices. Depending on the quests you take, the world can alter dramatically for good or bad. With islands to explore, ships to fight, and mysterious sea monsters in the depths, Abandon Ship is perfect to unleash your inner captain and sail the high seas.
The game will be available on Steam for Early Access on February 21st for $19.99/£14.99 with a 15% discount at launch.
- Tactical and Savage Combat. Each battle is hard-fought, always on the edge of defeat. Your only chance of overcoming the odds is to employ every advantage you can and utilize all the tools at your disposal.
- Ship Destruction is not the End. Life in the world of Abandon Ship can be brutal. Death is permanent. But the game doesn’t end if your vessel is destroyed. You are the Captain, and as long as the Captain is alive, there is always hope. By escaping to a Lifeboat, or even being stranded, alone in the water, there is still a chance to survive and fight your way back to the top.
- Explore a procedurally generated world from Tropics to Arctics. Engage in quests or deal with incidental events on your journey to save the world from a Doomsday Cult.
- A Personal Adventure. Customise and upgrade your Captain, Ship, and Crew. Build yourself to be worthy of any foe, whether that be human or otherwise. But be prepared to make moment-to-moment life-or-death decisions for you and your crew.