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Posted by GG Goblin On April - 11 - 2018

Gunpowder Games fantasy naval battle game Maelstrom is now available on Steam Early Access.


Featuring naval combat with magic and monsters in a flooded fantasy world, Maelstrom is a third person action strategy game where you captain an Orc, Dwarf or Human warship and sail the turbulent Abyssal Ocean to play online battle royale based multiplayer, solo or with friends, in free for all matches.

In Maelstrom you command a 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 frigates decked out with cannons and armor for a long ranged brawl, there are extensive choices before you even hit the water.

Once the wind is in your sails (or your furnaces are running hot, if you’re piloting a Dwarven vessel) it’s a battle to the death, with the last ship afloat the winner! You’ll need to watch the angle of your cannons, keep your strongest armor facing the enemy, and avoid or utilize the many dangers of the sea. A final word of warning… keep a sharp eye out for the enormous leviathans lurking beneath the surface of the dead waters!


– Tactical naval combat: survive a magical ocean and its deadly creatures
– Master the open sea: power up your ship with loot from sinking enemy ships
– Fast-paced action: use cannons, ramming and boarding to sink opponents
– Aye aye cap’n: Pick a captain and crew that fit your combat style
– Brains & brawn: positional damage, ammo types, and special captain abilities
– Solo and multiplayer: AI captains are capable opponents who offer no quarter

Players begin each battle on the outskirts of a large map filled with fog banks to hide in, swift currents, deadly maelstroms and monsters. By sinking NPC ships or other warships, players collect treasure and powerups (called boons) which grant significant combat bonuses for the rest of  the battle. When a ship is sunk, its loot bobs to the surface, to be snagged by whoever can swoop in fastest!

As more players sink, the monster infested ‘Dead Waters’ encroach on the outer areas of the map, reducing the play area and forcing a climactic showdown. Entering Dead Waters is not an instant death sentence, but no captain can avoid the wrath of the beasts which lurk there for long. Only one ship will be left afloat. All players receive rewards based on the gold collected during battle, bounties claimed by sinking others, and how long they survived.

Gunpowder Games Lead Developer Blaine Smith said: “We’re stoked to finally turn the game loose and see how players react to the monsters and chaos of 16 warships trying to outwit each other, trading broadsides and blasting the bits off each other in battle!”

New ships and upgrade options are purchased with gold, while mates and captains will be attracted by the infamy of those who perform well in battle. Before each battle, players choose one of nine ships, each of which has different strengths, weaknesses, and a unique passive ability. They can then customize it with up to three crew mates offering stat boosts, a captain providing a signature special ability, and a number of feature choices which can change everything from how the cannons work to providing a speed or maneuverability advantage.

The Maelstrom Kickstarter succeeded with backers giving their time and money generously as they joined beta playtests to put Maelstrom through its paces. The development team collected enough useful data and feedback to fill a treasure galleon, with a lot of fun had by all!

In addition to the features and content already planned on the development roadmap, the Maelstrom team will be continuing where the Kickstarter left off. Early Access stretch goals will be linked to the number of copies sold. The first goal is set for 10,000 players, with a single player campaign slated to unlock at 125,000 players.


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