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Plunder Panic

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Release Date: Q1 2022

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'Plunder Panic' Celebrates Talk Like a Pirate Day With Steam Early Access Launch - Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 17, 2021 @ 11:18 a.m. PDT

Plunder Panic is a swashbuckling, up to 12-player action-arcade game where two rival crews battle for supremacy on the high seas!

Get ready to flip those eye-patches and head into battle with up to 12 players (locally or online) in this retro-styled arcade beat-em-up that pits pixelated pirates vs. pirates in quick, round-based matches. With enough weapons, items, modes, and “modify-arrs” to fill the biggest deep-sea treasure chest, Plunder Panic is the perfect game to cement friendships and foster rivalries!

Featuring both local and online play, work with your crew to plunder booty, defeat the enemy captain, or scuttle their ship. The first team to capture an objective wins, so be on the lookout for other sneaky pirates!

Raise the Jolly Roger and dive into this blend of classic and modern games, where retro graphics and simple controls meet fast-paced, frantic arcade action. With multiple play modes, unique power-ups and game changing modify-arrs, there are hundreds of gameplay combinations guaranteed to shiver ye timbers! Plunder Panic features flexible team configurations, including local, online, and AI-controlled players. Time to assemble your crew, get all hands on deck and send your scurvy competition to Davey Jones’ Locker!

Ahoy, Me Hearties! Hoist the Jolly Roger and sharpen those cutlasses, as Plunder Panic is out now on Steam Early Access for $9.99 (a 50% discount of the full release price).

Celebrate National Talk Like a Pirate Day all weekend by mopping the deck with your foes’ ugly mugs!

“It’s been a long journey getting Plunder Panic ready to “set sail” on Steam, and we couldn’t be more proud of our game,” said Will Jeffery, Will Winn Games co-founder and MSU alumni. “It’s extremely exciting to finally pull the trigger and invite players to experience something we’ve poured our hearts and souls into.” 

“Watching Plunder Panic grow from a project initially developed by the extraordinary team of talented student employees from MSU’s Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab into a full-fledged Steam release with full online multiplayer support has been remarkably satisfying,” said Brian Winn, Will Winn Games co-founder and MSU professor. “This title is something we’re all very proud of, and we hope players from all the seven seas will have a blast playing.”

Key Features:

  • Pirate Brawlin’ — Fast-paced action-arcade gameplay with elements of platforming, combat, and strategic play
  • Play With Friends and Foes — Supporting local and online play with up to 12-players (including AI). Players can invite friends to their couch or connect online through private lobbies. Online matchmaking with friends and foes will be added in a post-launch update.
  • Become the Pirate King — Multiple win conditions offer pirate crews different gameplay strategies. Teams can coordinate to either collect enough gold, sink an enemy ship with cannons or a rowboat of TNT, or defeat the enemy captain.
  • Modify-arrs — Matches can be customized with up to six modifiers at once which change up the game rules dramatically. Randomized Captains per round? No captains at all? What about all pirates having a pair of never-ending Seagull Wings? Anything and everything can happen!
  • Swords, Explosives, and… Squids? — Chaotic items that can be wielded by players can drop into a match at any time. From weapons such as the Blunderbuss, molotov cocktails, and dynamite to stat-boosting rum barrels and enchanted idols; even squid can be used as weapons (the Kraken doesn’t take kindly to this, though).
  • Multiplayer Mode MadnessPlunder Panic will feature several exciting game modes coming in a post-launch update, including Free Play, Tournament, Conquest, Ranked and Unranked, and Captain vs. Captain 1v1
  • A Visual Treasure — A charming retro pixel-art aesthetic with adorable lil’ pirates and beautiful themed arenas

Plunder Panic is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC (Steam) in Q1 2022.

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