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A closer look at Abandon Ship

Pirates meets FTL.

I've been meaning to write about Abandon Ship, the PC game that looks a bit like Sid Meier's Pirates meets the wonderful FTL, ever since the release of the eye-catching announcement trailer back in November 2016.

Cover image for YouTube videoAbandon Ship: Announcement Trailer

You take command of a ship and her crew, exploring a procedurally generated world and getting stuck in to tactical combat. The game focuses on "Age of Sail" ships in a fantasy setting, framed in an art style inspired by classic naval oil paintings.

Now's a good time to cover Abandon Ship because Guildford-based designer Gary Burchell has just released a new video, below, that shows off a detailed look at the combat side of the game.

It looks like there's a lot of depth to the combat, which includes class-based sailors you have to manage in real-time, various types of weapons and effects triggered by the weather and map location.

You have to contend with fires, flooding, smashing into ice, waves and lightning strikes. There's even a sea monster out there.

Cover image for YouTube videoAbandon Ship: Combat Gameplay

One of the cool things is ship destruction does not mean game over. Death is permanent, but as captain, as long as you stay alive by escaping to a lifeboat or diving into the sea, there is a chance to fight your way back.

One to watch.