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Platform(s): PC
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Developer: Gunpowder Games
Release Date: April 11, 2018

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'Maelstrom' Seeks Crowd Funding, Comes to Steam Early Access In April 2018 - Trailer

by Rainier on March 6, 2018 @ 12:53 p.m. PST

Maelstrom is a third-person action strategy game with fast-paced, tactical, ship-vs-ship combat, customization, progression and a focus on multiplayer.

Every player in Maelstrom commands their own customized warship with a handpicked captain, crew and equipment offering a range of special advantages. From fast Orc raiders focused on ramming and boarding to mighty Human battleships decked out with cannons and armor for a long ranged brawl, there are extensive choices to be made even before a ship hits the water.

With wind in the sails (or stoked boilers if piloting a Dwarven steamship) it's a battle to the depths, where the last ship sailing claims victory and a wealth of upgrades. Mind the cannon’s firing angles, keep the ships strongest armor towards the enemy, and avoid (or utilize) the numerous dangers of the sea; especially the enormous leviathans lurking the waters.

The Maelstrom Kickstarter funding goal is a nominal $10,000, with generous rewards offering the full game at a discount, exclusive ship skins, access to first-look weekend playtests, and a collection of exclusive artwork.

This Kickstarter is the second for Maelstrom. After the huge windfall of winning a prestigious Epic Development grant their initial campaign was shuttered to shift focus back onto building the game instead of chasing funding. However, Gunpowder Games had promised that they would return, and the new (and surprisingly cost effective) Kickstarter is now live!

Maelstrom’s Admiral-in-Chief and Lead Developer, Blaine Smith explains: "A Steam Early Access release today is as important as a full release, we want to play with seriously interested players to help us hone and test before early access launch, and begin to build a community that culminates into a healthy multiplayer environment well into release.”

Key Features

  • Tactical naval combat: Positional damage, ammo types, and special captain abilities.
  • Fast-paced action: Use cannons, ramming and boarding to sink enemies and avoid becoming fish food for sea monsters!
  • Build legendary warships: A deep level of progression and customization. numerous captains, mates and upgrades create unique combat styles.
  • What’s yours is mine: Power up your ships with rewards earned by collecting loot from sunken foes.
  • Solo and multiplayer: AI captains are ruthless opponents that offer no quarter.

Play it on PC through Steam Early Access in April 2018!

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