Captain a wide variety of vessels from a speeding power boat, a humble tug and a luxury cruise liner. Sail highly detailed ships, fight against realistic water physics and take in spectacular vistas as you navigate famous European ports.
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Release Date: Nov 21, 2014
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Why Early Access?

“The simulator community is as passionate as it is critical. Early in 2014, we identified a gap in the market for a brand new PC, Mac and Linux shipping simulator which we could introduce as an Early Access product and develop in tandem with the community’s expectations of what a great ship simulator should be.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We started this project with no predefined content agenda, simply wishing to build a game that shipping simulator fans wanted to play. We have looked at what’s been available before and listened to what the community wanted in a new product. The content we build into the game for the full version will be largely based on the response and advice users of this version give us. We’ll release the full version in spring 2015.”

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

“Upon release, we expect European Ship Simulator to be the go-to ship simulator product within this specialist genre. Offering a fully immersive experience, players will captain a multitude of different vessels, play across much larger maps and create their own missions in an ever expanding world. Regular content updates will keep the gameplay fresh and challenging.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“As of January 23rd 2015: The player can captain Six vessels: a bulk carrier, a passenger ferry, a tug boat,a fishing boat, a speed boat and a Large Cruise Liner. Each one has a detailed interior with refined controls. The bridge can be explored via a walking first person camera (except the speed boat). There is also a Cinematic camera available. The breakdown of missions available is below:

Tug Boat - One mission including Tug physics
Passenger Ferry - Two missions
Bulk Carrier - Two mission
Fishing Boat - One mission
Speed Boat - One mission
Large Cruise Liner - One Mission

Computer controlled ships sail around the ports of Dover and Calais. Players can sail from Dover to Calais without any loading screens or they can use the Skip Travel icon to omit the lengthy crossing of the English Channel.

As of January 23rd 2015 The port of Hamburg was added and the following ports are in the Early Access:


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

“The Early Access price is planned to rise with significant updates up to the games launch.”

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

“We have a dedicated Facebook page and our product Manager reel_big_kris is always active on the Steam discussion forums.

We have already sent out builds of European Ship Simulator to members of the Steam community to test ahead of the Early Access version’s release for vital feedback and have taken on plenty of the suggestions to improve the game prior to launching on Steam. There are some additional plans to get the community involved including a chance for them to name our ships. Our key focus though is to remain active on Facebook and in the Steam forums”
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January 23


Hello everyone,

Today we have a particularly large update for European Ship Simulator.

First, the large cruise liner will be under your command. Alongside this great vessel will be the port of Hamburg, It does feature a very large industrial area and in the coming weeks expect to see more missions on this new map. It is possibly one of the most populated maps in terms of buildings.

Among these big noticeable updates we have included a few more additions. Water reflections have been altered so that they are not as severely reflective as previously. A save and continue feature has been added for those of you who want to tackle the entire lengthy trip across the English channel but need to turn of the game and wish to continue where you left off.

Finally, we also have added the cinematic camera mode. You can take some great screenshots with this mode, below is a screenshot from the new mode, we’ve just cut off the HUD!

We know it’s been some time since we updated but I hope that you all enjoy this latest update. Please visit the forums to get in touch with us with any suggestions, thoughts or if you happen to come across any issues.

For a quick glimpse at what the new update has to offer, watch this video:

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January 15


Hello Everyone,
Today we have quite a large announcement to make but firstly we here at Excalibur would like to apologise for the lack of updates recently. After a small break over the Christmas and New Year period we are back developing content and updating the game. We have many updates coming shortly which we believe many of you will enjoy.
First up is a new ship.
The large ocean cruiser will be one of the largest ships in the game. With a highly detailed Interior and an equally impressive exterior, this gorgeous ship will be the ultimate in luxury to captain.

The ship features port and starboard engines which rotate to steer the boat. It also features a forward engine to help turn the boat when at port.

Second on the list is a new updated UI featuring a mission select screen.

We have made some great changes to the Mission Select screen so you will have access to more information on the mission before starting it. This will include; weather, wind speed and direction, local time, starting area and vessel type.

Finally, we would like to introduce to you our Mission Editor.
You can use this tool to create and share your own missions. There will be a variety of aspects which you will have control over. These will range from setting the local time and weather to creating waypoints for AI ships to follow.

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Development Roadmap

European Ship Simulators current release includes six ships, nine missions and three ports. We have two more ships planned and two more ports to release before February 2015 ends, alongside a mission editor and Steam achievements. We are aiming to update the game every two weeks at least with new content until early 2015. If we receive more interest than planned we may extend the duration of Early Access to include more content.

The MAC version will release when the game launches as a full title. This is expected to be available early 2015.


  • Six ships (Passenger Ferry, Tugboat, Bulk Carrier, Fishing Boat, Speedboat, Large Cruise Liner)
  • Ninemissions
  • Port of dover
  • Port of Calais
  • Port of Rostock
  • Port of Hamburg


  • New content expected in at the beginning of February.

We have plenty more new ships, ports and features planned including the mission editor in the coming months.

About The Team

The development studio behind this project have worked on a selection of different projects including Battlestations: Midway, Skydrift and Crysis: Warhead.

Captain a wide variety of vessels from a speeding power boat, a humble tug to a luxury cruise liner. Sail highly detailed ships, fight against realistic water physics and take in spectacular vistas as you navigate across famous European ports.

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.

After launch we will be releasing DLC that will continue to shape the game. We are currently active on the Steam forums, answering community questions and implementing some suggestions into the game.


  • Explore a selection of European ports including a route that will allow players to sail across the English channel between Dover and Calais.
  • Weather effects include blazing sun, pouring rain and snow
  • A variety of vessels to captain including a sports motor boat, fishing boat, ocean cruiser and a tugboat, each with highly detailed interiors and exteriors
  • An in-game mission editor allows users to create their own missions triggering changes in wind speed, weather effects and objectives *Coming in February*
  • The Early Access version allows players to help us shape the game further

Check out other games from Excalibur:

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8 (All OS must be 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel i3 2.6 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics with 1GB VRAM (DX11 compatible - Nvidia Geforce GTX 470/ATI Radeon 6900 series or greater)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 2700 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Early Access Review
This Simulator has great potential, the Scenarios that are offered so far are sure to satisfy every taste, from a small Speedboat to a big Cruiseship. The level of detail is good, though i would wish for a more detailed bridge with more buttons and levers to use.

Overall i think it is well worth the money, since you are supporting a Simulator that could easily become the new industry standard.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Early Access Review
Ok so here we have anouther Ship's Simulator.. But this time it seems the directors and staff are listning to the users and not blundering through to bogdown and same as the other sim that come out before..

Yes if the Simulator is going to be maybe the best ever produced then they are off to a good start. We Simulator buffs all know what we want so this time around you have the chance to say your bit.. Don't just bull on about unreal mods or patches. Think of the real world and persue the near real requirments, for this will surly become the Market leader for Shipping Simulators I think it's well on the way now!!

Thank you for this great sim.

Please give us a free world for sailing :-)

Happy new Year!!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Early Access Review
ESS (European Ship Simulator) is a game where you have a list of missions that you can do. My personall favorite thing to do is sink a ship full of passengers. The game is pretty enjoyable at times, and can be fustrating when new to the controls. If a free roam/open world element were to be added where you could explore the open sea and own your own boat buisness and start by driving other peoples boats until you have enough money to buy your own and then you could hire others to work for you, and then when you get to a certain point in the game, just explore without the worry of losing money since your employees will be making you endless amounts of money. Or a Euro Truck Simulator but with boats. It's definitally worth a buy if your into boats and driving them.

7/10, would sink again.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Early Access Review
It's good and has potential, however it is very early to say as currently movement is a bit sluggish at times and the faster you go the more control you lose.

Let's hope that it gets better when it is released as finished.
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Early Access Review
Looks great especially water lots of seagulls also handles life like internal camera looked really nice, there is not alot to do but i knew that before i purchased, this game has great potential if it stays on current path.

I will follow this game and see how it pans out if your into the whole shipping aspect this game is for you so grab a copy and help the developer build the ocean version of ETS2.

Only suggestion more detailed graphics selection, also the only resolution is native resolution so for me i had no choice but to play on 5760x1080 but the game ran perfect at this resolution, but i do think there should be option for this in game.

Reel Big Kris does have a working suggstion in my comments also check out community hub for sticky post

Looking foward to future updates and will adjust this when needed
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Early Access Review
This looks promising! You can see there's been a lot of thought and detail put in so far. You can control your ship via keyboard or just using the mouse to handle the levers and switches yourself. Being able to walk around the bridge is awesome too. You get a nice sense of scale when captaining a large ferry that I really enjoy.

You're currently limited to 3 missions, which is understandable given it's Early Access, each with a different boat and in different conditions. Involving both Dover and Calais. I take this route a lot and can say attention has been made towards the skylines of both these towns and ports, which again is a nice touch.

You can even sink the ship and stand on the bridge as you witness the area filling with water, if that's something you're into.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Early Access Review
I enjoy this game alot. It is just one of the best ship simulators in the gaming industry, even though it's within hours of it's first release, I can tell that this is going to go well. I think if you love Ship Simulators, you should get this.

*Very realistic water physics
*Detailed Ships
*Very detailed Bridges
*Tugboat Physicis
*Realistic Weather
*Wipers on Bridge window that WORKS

*Tugboat line gets messed up when you tow a ship
*Only Three Missions (Which are pretty fun though)
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26 of 34 people (76%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Early Access Review
Below you'll find a video and written impression of the game

European Ship Simulator is exactly as the name states, it is a simulation of what it's like to take control of a variety of European style ships. It's in early access so there is still a ways to go for this game but it does show some promise.

Graphically the game looks mostly top-notch. The interior of the ship's cabin are well detailed with high resolution textures and great quality models. You'll find all the small intricacies that you would in a real ship, switches, knobs, GPS, etc, which helps with immersion. The water and weather effects are also some great stuff as well. Though the ship's interior, and the ships them selves show some good quality, the game isn't 100% consistent at the moment. Some of the environmental models, such as buildings, the docks, and streets, are very low polygon and features low resolution textures. I'm hoping that these lacking elements in the visuals are just place holders until a later / final build. Audio wise I got no complaints as the sound effects are realistic with great background noises from the boat's motor and the sounds of the ocean itself keeping you company.

As far as gameplay goes, It's surprisingly easy to learn and to get adjusted to, as the main controls is "WASD". Some ships will feature the option of more intricate controls with the num pad, allowing you to manipulate each of the ship's engines individually. Even at it's early stage, the game does a good job at simulating what it's like to drive a ship...for better or worst. I say this because, though the game achieves good results as a simulation, due to what it's simulating it may make it an incompatible for some gamers. Unlike Euro Truck Simulator, where you have the micromanagement of traffic, following traffic laws, avoiding cars, etc, European Ship Simulator is mostly "set sails to full" then auto-pilot straight. There will be lulls where you are simply doing nothing but watching the waves as you wait for your ship to arrive in a straight line to your destination. For enthusiast of simulation games or sailing, this won't be an issue, as that demographic probably already understand this before jumping in, but for the average gamer who is just curious to this game, know that this is a simulation before it's a game.

Currently at the time of this impression (version 633), there isn't much in the way of options, graphics, or audio, and there is only 4 missions available with no linking campaign or side features. This is early access I do understand, but at the same time I think it's fair to let people know that in it's current state, it is the bare minimum.

Overall, European Ship Simulator shows a lot of promise, that I think will shape up to be some thing quite interesting. But currently, it does feel rather unfinished. If you are a simulation game or ship/boat enthusiast, it might be worth your cash to check it out, even in it's early stages, but for every one else, keep an eye on it, but wait for later versions or even it's final release.

- Mostly realistic and high quality visuals
- Feels realistic
- Varied amount of ships are enjoyable to cruise around in
- Shows promise of a bright future

- Visual quality not 100% consistent
- Feels very incomplete currently (ver: 633)
- Subject matter might not be as universally appearling as Euro Truck Simulator
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
Early Access Review
As a current student at a Maritime Academy, I am really enjoying this game. It runs GREAT on my laptop and I hope the further development on this game strives. I hope this game will have a lot of new content in the future because I will be using it in my future to practice maneuvering. The game is very smooth and realistic other than the tug mission where you can slam a bulk carrier around with no consequences. Once again this is the best ship simulator that I have played since ship simulator extremes which is outdated and won’t run on my laptop. To the developers, keep up the good work and PLEASE add a container ship and maybe the ability to walk around the whole vessel not just the bridge. :)
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Early Access Review
I can say that the game looks very promising and has a lot of potential. Graphics are fine (especially water animations), sound is realistic (great horn and weather sounds) and the game runs smooth in general. I also like the option of skipping to next port. Then there is a ton of features I would like to see in the future. Things like leaving the bridge and exploring the whole ship, being able to zoom in from the first person view, more camera options and functional lifeboats. The damage system is not so great either. My ship sunk in a few seconds after colliding with a small vessel. I'm waiting for the upcoming updates and patches. Keep up the good work :D
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Early Access Review
Ok, so far so good .
Game looks great and plays well for an early access,bad weather and water looks nice,its also sold for a fair price.
Keep up the good work devs...........
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Early Access Review
I like the game. I have high hopes for it. I like the handling of the different vessels. The tug is fun to run. At first I did 360's and crashed into the dock. I have completed the 3 missions and felt like I was on a real boat. Almost could have got sea sick looking out the window of the tug. I know the sim is in the early stages but a list of things I'd like to see:
Map/mission editor, create my own waterway after a real port. Very important to me.
Create/edit your own vessel.
Options to toggle on/off all audio or extras.
Put some real waves in there, look at bf4 they have some 25 foot waves which are a blast to run through.
On the minimap show other boats to scale.
Put in buoys, lights.
At this price and since it's not going to do anything but get better, I'd say get this game.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Early Access Review
I was going to let this sim sit in my wishlist for a couple of months before buying it to see how the dev support would go, but couldn't resist clicking the buy button with such a nice rebate/discount on EA Launch. Glad i bought it today, the graphics and ship models are simply beautiful, amazing EA Ship Sim so far. I hope it sells well so the devs can take this sim far :) Thank you Dev Team.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Early Access Review
Hmm, mixed thoughts about this:

Firstly some instructions might be nice!

Gave up on tug scenario as too hard without instructions as to how to control engines.

Moved onto ferry scenario = fared better but unable to dock in time after a couple of attempts.

So tried the Calais to Dover freight ship opton instead:

Enjoyed this more as no time limit and had time to explore steering options.

One of the world's busiest shipping lanes was scarily devoid of other traffic!

Slightly lost my bearings half way across Channel - better maps needed?

Then just sank for no obvious reason which really annoyed me! Was doing a reasonable 14 knots in lumpy sea with no prior damage to ship!

Pretty slow framerate when another ship passed me in Dover = given I have decent computer and graphics card.

Looks promising - so long as additional ports and ships are added to initial release for free and not some exhorbintanly priced DLC!

Also note that there is no option to save game in present release - have to play till you 'timeout' or sink (for no reason) in my case!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Early Access Review
Positive: The graphic is great. The ships are beautiful and the water looks amazing. The landscape is also ok. Furthermore the ships are moving quite realistic! *You feel a bit like a captain*

Negative: At the moment the whole game is a bit bugged and about three minutes after starting the game it crashes.

All in all I recommend it because the animations are great and I hope that the bugs (especially the crash after three minutes) will be fixed soon.


Since the last update it isn't crashing anymore and now all graphics work very well! But it is still a bit laggy although i changed the graphic settings on "low" (but that is maybe my computer...).

I also made now some playing experiences:

Positive: The animation of the ship, the water and the ports are great. You might think it is real. Furthermore the sounds are also very good.

Negative: In my eyes it is a bit too easy to sail the ship. All moves, like acceleration, breaking, turning and so on, are performed very fast by the ship (quite likeley that those movements are performed too fast for a big ship like the ferry). Furthermore the ferry mission is very easy; I don't even have to stand close to the port to finish the mission. It is enough to get close to the port with the back of the ship.

All in all, I keep recommending the game because the animations are awesome and I think/hope that there will be coming way more content in the future.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Early Access Review
Having built my YouTube channel around simulation titles I was eagerly awaiting European Ship Simulator from Excalibur Publishing. Now that early access is here with three missions to play I must say the wait was worth it. From the graphics to the physics of the ships to the ambient sounds makes this title very enjoyable so far.

As will all early access games there will be some glitches that appear in the game and the devs encourage reporting these as they happen to help remove them from the final product.

I preview the Tug Boat mission on a Lets Play and really enjoyed the mission. There could be some minor tweaks on the ropes that connect to the ships that you are tasked to tug and I am sure that the devs will continue to strive to perfect this game.

Overall this game has so much potential and I encourage anyone who enjoys simulator games to give this a try- you wont be disappointed in my opinion. I salute the Devs and Excalibur on a very successful start so far!

Akiic ToDaHead
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Early Access Review
Well the Early Access is here for European Ship Simulator, I must admit I have been waiting for this one.
So far I've not experienced any issues launching the game or with game performance although I am aware others have reported, please keep in mind you are buying into a game that is in development and you may find issues along the way

You can check out my first experience with this title here ( as i attempt to pilot the Ferry from Dover to hard can it be right!?

This game has a very solid set of game mechanics from the helm controls to the handling of the ships, all have a feeling of authenticity that I hope will be built upon with the continued development.

Good points:
Graphics and modeling are good
The audio for both ship effects and ambient sound is good.
Game mechanics (controls/ship handling/other craft) is good
Weather effects are impressive.
An enjoyable & rewarding experience

Need to work on (would like to see added):
A Tutorial to introduce the player to the controls etc
More ships and tasks to complete (I realize this is Early access so this will be in development)
The game mechanic to transport deliveries (goods or people) from port to port
Maybe a management aspect to build a shipping company up
AI crew on the bridge (its a little bit lonely as the captain)
The time skip button didn't seem to work for me
More options in the graphics settings etc

The game looks like it has a great deal of potential and I look forward to seeing the development and evolution of this game. This is an Early access so the options are a little limited but so far it has a very solid base to build from. This could be a cracking little game!


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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Early Access Review
The game is amazing, with the ferry, tug, speed boat, fishing boat, and bulk carrier. The ONLY downside is that there isnt a free roam option...... Other than that i highly recomend this game for ship fans.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Early Access Review
Been playing this game for a while now, mostly on my way to work. Works great on my laptop despite it not being intended for gaming. Having played most if not all ship simulators presently on the market, this is among my favourites. While it may have its problems at times due to it being n Early Access, the team behind it are dedicated to creating a brilliant simulator and clearly have the skills required to do it.

Something that really immersed me was the way you can see the bow of the ship lifting as you pass over waves. The immersiveness of the bridge is something I've been waiting for, as previous simulation games of this type did not create a realistic feeling to me.

The texture work, especially when in free walk mode, is something you should take the time to look at. It may be a little boring to sit and stare at a wall, but if you do, you'll see the amount of detail this game has already.

All in all from what I've seen of this game so far, it's primed to be an excellent title that many simulation fans will enjoy.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Early Access Review
I agree that European Ship Simulator (ESS) has amazing potential. The graphics are excellent, and it is a challenge to operate your ship right. Being a game in development, there are still some things to work on. Based on my limited experience with the game I do have some thoughts. See my comments in the suggestion forum.

My concern is that this game becomes just a mission oriented simulator. Driving the same ship, over the same course, at the same time of day, with the same weather, with the same AI ships in the same positions, with the same sea state… you get the picture. It will quickly get put away and not played.

If it becomes a true simulator, with a purpose for my ship to leave the harbor, and ability to sail to multiple ports in a variety of conditions, then this sim will be fantastic.

I always thought: build it and they will come. Look what happened to MS Flight Simulator and Kerbal Space Program when they opened it up for developers to mod! Wow!! Both are sensational products. ESS has the same potential. Let’s see where it goes…. It all depend on the budget and capabilities and desire of the producers.

For now I like what I see.

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