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Captain a wide variety of vessels from a speeding power boat, a humble tug, a massive ice breaker and a luxury cruise liner. Sail highly detailed ships, fight against realistic water physics and take in spectacular vistas as you navigate five regions including Rostock, Rotterdam, Dover, Calais and Iceland.
Release Date: Sep 2014
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Releasing the game at the Beta stage will enable us to absorb users’ feedback and implement it into our final retail build. It’s our intention to revive the ship simming genre with a must-have, expandable and moddable game that will evolve post launch via regular updates and DLC.”

How long will this game be in Early Access?

“We’re looking to leave Early Access after a couple of months. However, integrating the community’s feedback into the game to produce a full retail version which represents the product people want to play may take a little longer. Incidentally, the full retail version will include Mac and Linux versions.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version will include several of the final 10 ships to captain and three of the five areas to navigate. Our Early Access version will represent about 80% of the complete game. The full retail version will include Steam Workshop which will enable modders to add their own ships to the game.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The ports of Dover, Calais and Iceland are complete as are 75% of the missions. There are also several ships the player can captain.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The Early Access version will be priced at $19.99 and the full version at $24.99.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Right now we are looking at ways of involving the 3D modelling community in building new ships in preparation for Steam Workshop support. One of our main objectives is to release a free Ship Demo EXE file which will enable modders to see how their ships interact with the water without needing to purchase a version of the game. Also, during Early Access, members of the team will be present on the Steam community forums to answer questions and concerns. We will also create polls based on community suggestions on our social media channels which will help further shape the game. Post launch, we will continue to build and refine the product with ongoing community support and a range of DLC packs.”
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Available: September 2014

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About the Game


Captain a wide variety of vessels from a speeding power boat, a humble tug, a massive ice breaker and a luxury cruise liner. Sail highly detailed ships, fight against realistic water physics and take in spectacular vistas as you navigate five regions including Rostock, Rotterdam, Dover, Calais and Iceland.

Designed to be expansive and fully supported by the developers as a core product, European Ship Simulator will evolve post launch with regular updates to ports, vessels and missions. The ship simming community will also be able to get involved with shaping the game further as the game allows players to add their very own ships to the game.

After launch we will be releasing free and paid for DLC that will continue to shape the game. Our current schedule includes Hamburg (end of October 2014), Gibraltar (end of November 2014) and the Suez Canal (early 2015). We will be listening to feedback from the community for future DLC.

Features

  • Five areas to explore including Rostock, Rotterdam, Iceland and a route between Dover and Calais where players can sail across the English Channel
  • Weather effects include blazing sun, pouring rain and snow
  • A variety of vessels to captain including a sports motor boat, an icebreaker, fishing boat, ocean cruisers and a tugboat, each with highly detailed interiors and exteriors
  • Modders can design and add their own vessels via Steam Workshop
  • An in-game mission editor allows users to create their own missions triggering changes in wind speed, weather effects and objectives
  • Career mode – Enjoy life as a sailor and earn money by completing missions and purchase ships with your earned revenue
  • Compatible with the Ship Driver controller from P.I. Engineering
  • The Early Access version allows players to help us shape the game further

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: AMD ® Athlon 64 X2, Intel ® Core2Duo or comparable dual core processor min. 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with Shader 3.0 support 1 GB VRAM, AMD CrossFireX is not supported, AMD Radeon HD3870/NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2700 MB available space
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