Between last year’s Sea of Thieves and this year’s upcoming Skull and Bones, is there any room left in the pirate naval combat genre? The indie team behind Blackwake certainly hopes so, as it’s bringing out a Pirates of the Caribbean-inspired multiplayer experience to the wider Steam community.
Currently in early access (and 60% off), Blackwake raised $121,500 through a 2015 Kickstarter campaign. The game’s two developers said that they wanted an all-around fun naval combat feel: “Not only did we want a strong and immersive crew experience, we wanted it to coexist with a sailing experience. Successfully launching a devastating broadside will require strong communication between team-mates.”
The game is getting fairly regular updates as it pushes toward its 4.0 update. Blackwake includes battles between 54 players (with ships holding up to 13 apiece), weather and sea events, three game modes, and plenty of grog and tea to drink.
And for our money, Blackwake is a wickedly awesome title.