Abandon Ship is an upcoming action-adventure, strategy game developed by Fireblade Software based around pirating the open seas. The trailer reveals the game looks and plays similar to previous games in its genre, combining many concepts of FTL and Sid Meier’s Pirates.
The procedurally generated world will be filled to the brim with enemy combatants, both above and below the sea. While the combat between other ships looks straight forward, it will be interesting to see how players will combat the monsters that inhabit the seas, as we see a tentacle monster crush the boat in the trailer.
While the gameplay might be as straightforward as click and shoot, the mechanic for which it gets its name is the most interesting element to the game, abandoning ship. As the player’s death (as captain) will be permanent if they perish, the decision to give up your prized vessel and rebuild is an interesting concept.
The prospect of growing a ship and a crew to man it is exciting though, as the game employs the concept of grinding away, defeating enemies to go from a dingy to a man of war.
The art style is rather unique as well, as Abandon Ship looks like the living embodiment of a classic naval oil painting. Another aspect that is eye-catching is the decision to leave the mast out of the field of view for players, similarly to how a nose isn’t in eyesight of humans despite being at the center of each.
It will be interesting to see what type of impact Abandon ship will be able to have on the marketplace. Releasing exclusively for PC in 2017, will it sink or swim during an influx of pirate games following the revitalization Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag seemed to have brought the pirate genre.
Be sure to check out the trailer below matey!