Windward is an action-filled multiplayer sandbox game that puts you in control of a ship sailing the high seas of a large procedurally-generated world.
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Release Date: May 12, 2015

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June 17

The Year So Far

If you haven't been sailing around Windward recently, and particularly around the seas of the Tasharen server, you may have missed some of the newly added content that has been in testing there recently. The kind of content that requires some planning, preparation, and patience. I am talking, of course, about creatures like these:

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=705711039
Added as a "let's see if it can be done" feature one evening, they've been flying around the Tasharen server for about two weeks now and players have been going after them relentlessly. Why? Well, the unique loot of course! Players lucky enough to defeat a dragon were able to harvest its essence -- a special ammunition type that changed the look and damage type of their cannonballs and their Inferno.

Speaking of damage types, new equipment can now be found in the world that gives improved resistances to elemental damage type ammunition -- which is what both dragons and pirates in heroic instances now use. Heat, cold, acid and shock-based ammunition have all been seen and acquired so far with more to come. These unique and hard to obtain items are still in testing -- so can only be acquired on the Tasharen server for the time being. Still, those that prefer to duke it out solo or with their own friends will be able to try their hand at it soon enough.

The Valiant faction has long been grumbling about the distinct absence of a flying ship that would be more suitable for their tastes. Recently they've gone as far as kidnap the legendary designer ViDanci, showering him with gold and asking him politely to design them a ship (or else). He happily obliged. Dubbed the "Flying Fortress", it can be found flying around in the worlds' more difficult regions for those that still seek its blueprints. Although there are rumors of the Valiant faction offering a cheaper, more affordable way of acquiring its new ship already in the works.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=705710948
There have been more changes an additions, of course. Like always, the full summary can be found on google docs.

Happy sailing!

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About This Game

Designed from the start to be a fully procedural co-op game, Windward can be played by yourself, but it truly comes alive when playing with friends. Start by generating a procedural world that will be unique to you, design your own custom faction then sail forward fighting pirates, trading with towns, doing quests or simply exploring -- it's up to you how you want to play.

As you sail about you will find resources you can make use of, upgrades for your ship, new towns that will ask your assistance, and as you get farther out from the starting area -- various pirates that will attempt to take what's rightfully yours. Combat experience will let you unlock new talents and abilities to make that particular line of work easier.

As you take up consignments with towns and fulfill their production shortages, the towns will grow, offering more quests, more resources and better items. As the towns continue to grow they will offer you a choice to upgrade your ship itself. Would you prefer a fast Schooner to explore the world, or a heavy Galleon that's able to take up 5 consignments at once? Or perhaps a massive Ship of the Line to take the fight with the pirates to their heartlands?

As you explore the world and get farther away from your starting area, the game will become progressively more difficult -- but so will the rewards. Throughout all of this you can expect the pirates to put up a fair fight, as the AI is bound by the same rules as the player: they have sight, and must explore the map before they can know what's there.

Speaking of AI, build a fearsome reputation and the AI will respect you, even fear you -- avoiding you if at all possible. Some friendly AI will even choose to follow you and assist you in your own adventures.

And so, on the topic of adventures -- ready to have yours?

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Vista
    • Processor: 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i3 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4200
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated audio
    • Additional Notes: May need to reduce the graphics quality in-game
    Recommended:
    • OS: 7
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz quad-core Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any NVidia or ATI card that cost at least $200 in 2010
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated audio
    • Additional Notes: SSD recommended for faster loading times
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • Processor: 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4200
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated audio
    • Additional Notes: Macbook Air runs it smoothly with reduced graphics
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz quad-core Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M (mobile), or GTX 260 (desktop)
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated audio
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4200
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated audio
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.1
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz quad-core Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M (mobile), or GTX 260 (desktop)
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated audio
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ashwake
( 40.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Relaxing and fun with a pleasent online community
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Saint - Domingueball
( 36.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
My only gripe with this game is that I have no friends to play it with
Its perfect in every other way.
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Hej
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This is like a 2d space sim but instead of space you're on water and its pretty chill.
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dljuly3
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I bought this game on sale for $4 and immediately put about 4 hours into it. Windward is an extremely relaxing questing style game. You'll fight pirates, defend cities, help build new cities, grow cities, grow your ship, etc., etc. in repeated quests. For some people, this may get repetative or boring. For me, it was relaxing. I enjoy a somewhat mindless game like this as I think enough during the day. The game looks beautiful in my opinion, and the music is nice, albeit repetative.

It also looks like the developer is still actively adding to the game, so that's a positive. I haven't tried playing with other friends yet, so I can't speak positively or negatively about multiplayer experiences, though this would probably be fun in a multiplayer setting. May purchase an extra copy so my wife and I can try to play.
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CzNeutron
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
10/10 would accidentaly switch to the pirate faction in the middle of a fleet again
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kenpokid90
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I have never played a game like this before, but it was very fun. This is a great game to play, especially if it's your first time playing this type of game.
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Peekayismad
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Wanted to play coop. Wouldn't work no matter what I did. Complete was of time.
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HetMasteen
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Would have been fun with the group of mates I was playing with until the game decided to kick me to the main menu every 2 minutes. Unplayable and aggravating.
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Waffen Schutzstaffel Totenkopf
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
They update the game every hour or two.
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Cream of Wheat
( 17.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
I got this game when it first came out last year and I will tell you this was the best game I played in a while I really enjoyed it. I did stop playing it due to the game had died and really no one played it at one point, but now more and more people are starting to play it again and its great. With the beautiful artwork, wonderful music, and with constant updates, there is always something to do and keep you going. Tons of Quest to do, battle AI Pirates, PvP other factions, and now with the new update you can even battle Dragons! Join Instances and invite friends or random players and Quest together or do challenging Heroics! Get XP and level Up, buy new Ships and customize them, and be the best Pirate in the sea!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
These are some Pros and Cons I just thought about:
Pros:
-Great Combat
-Fun Gameplay
-The Game is Rewarding enough
-It's not ¨Pay to Win¨ or ¨Pay to Skip¨ as of yet.
Cons:
-The landmasses / Islands does not have many features to them. You can build Defensive Structures, Lighthouses or Cities. That's all. I would love to see some more stuff happening on the islands.
-There could be much more loot to find. There could be Rare ships that you would have to find and destroy, in order to retrieve one or more special items, or you could implement a feature that allowed you to trade with ships. Maybe there would be rare traders who could be selling rare goods? I don't know, but I certainly think, that the game could use some new features.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Pretty enjoyable game, reminds me a bit of Sid Pirates, wich is great.
Has nice graphics and interesting questing, although it can get a bit on the repetitive side.
Too bad that the multiplayer is almost dead, its great.

Anyway, worth the price for whoever liked Sid Pirates.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Very fun and relaxing. Sail out into the open and fight with pirates or chill around your factions territory trading and questing. Either way, the graphics are beautiful and the game is not bloated at all. No premium money items, no premium anything actually (that I'm aware of). This game can be action packed or laid back depending on your play style. Enjoy!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
3 hours of fun for 10 bucks... Can't make two beers last that long so I call this a win.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
A very watertight constructed game, pun intended. I have enjoyed many an hour with friends sailing, expanding our faction, looting, and sinking other ships. And thanks to the fantastic score in game, as well as the weather effects, you can find yourself playing for hours on end. I truly enjoyed my time with this game, and I do not intend to stop playing any time soon.

Winward has a distinct "Table Top" game feel that sets it apart from most others in the genre. I highley recommend Winward to everyone. At the price it is at this game is a steal, worth every cent.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
47.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
A great concept paired with extremely grindy and tedious gameplay. It takes forever to clear a map from pirates or enemies, fighting is very indirect, mercenaries pretty much instantly die after being hired and the quests are poorly random generated ones.

Cool for a while, but not really worth it in the end.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
125.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
I have played windward for about 60 hours now, and to be honest there is not a lot of bad things I can say about this game. It is a great game that I think a lot of you will enjoy, but if you are getting this game for the multiplayer aspect I would stear my ship far away because this game does a really poor job at it. Me and my friends love this game but when trying to play on one of our private servers none of us could ever connect and the proccess to fixing it was extremely exspansive and didn't even work 75% of the time. Also a lot of the solutions led you on a wild goose chase with no idea what you are doing (unless you have good networking knowledge) multiplayer will be very hard to use and I recommend not getting this game if you want to play with friends.The only way is through public servers(which are often very high leveled and dont let you play with your friends)

EDIT- I would also like to add that Windward can get EXTREMELY BORING in singleplayer because you basically just get swarmed by tons of NPC pirates with no way to stop them making the game un-progressable.
Pros: Great Visuals(Compared to other ship games)
Fun combat
Cool ship design
Ability to upgrade towns(Its pretty cool)
Multiple factions, all with different strengths and weaknesses
Lots of cool upgrades for your ship
(Lots more)

Cons:
Multiplayer is used as a selling point when it doesnt really work
A bit repetitive, but in the end not very bad
Some of the ships at the same level can be a lot worse tan others (personal opinion)
(Lots more xD)



P.S.- There isn't a local connect so if you wanna play with someone in your own house you have to go through all the trouble of making the server. (Which Never works!)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
94.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Windward is a fun and relaxing oceangoing RPG that can be played solo or with friends. If this isn't the most underrated game I've played in recent years, it's certainly high on the list.

What I like:
-- The game is customizable. I can build my own map and even redefine the factions.
-- The game is simple enough for a few minutes of pickup play, but engaging enough to keep me playing for hours if I let it.
-- There are multiple ways to gain experience and advance. The game doesn't penalize you if you'd rather trade or take commissions (quests) than fight.

What I dislike:
-- The factions are static. Even if you set your world to permanent war, the AI will not take territory or do anything else without direct intervention from the players. This is fine for a dedicated server perhaps, but tends to ruin my immersion a bit when playing solo.

-- Combat can seem a bit cheesy at times. Trying to push the pirates out of a high level area during solo play can seem nigh impossible. The game *does* warn you that the higher level areas are designed for group play, but I see no reason that a game like this can't be designed all the way through for both single and multiplayer.

-- The game gets extremely grindy after a while.

If you're into world building, you'll probably want to play with designing your own maps and factions. If you enjoy a bit of casual play, especially with a friend or two, or if you're at all into RPGs, this game is worth picking up. If you're still on the fence, definitely wishlist it and pick it up when it goes on sale.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
I like it. There is a decent bit of grinding, but you for the most part can pick what you want to grind (It's usually fight everything I can lol). There are many dif ways you can customize ur ship and the upgrade system gives even more variety. The soundtrack while you play keeps ya in the mood for an adventure. The game gets challenging when you start to push your territory outwards.

I strongly suggest picking your quests to match the way the wind is turning. If you dont you may find yourself sailing against the wind way to often.

The only real issues I have with the game is the grind. As I said you can make the grind easier to deal with by choice of what you do, but theres still a bit much for my tastes.

All in all it's a fun game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
I got this game when it first came out last year and I will tell you this was the best game I played in a while I really enjoyed it. I did stop playing it due to the game had died and really no one played it at one point, but now more and more people are starting to play it again and its great. With the beautiful artwork, wonderful music, and with constant updates, there is always something to do and keep you going. Tons of Quest to do, battle AI Pirates, PvP other factions, and now with the new update you can even battle Dragons! Join Instances and invite friends or random players and Quest together or do challenging Heroics! Get XP and level Up, buy new Ships and customize them, and be the best Pirate in the sea!
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