Salt is an open world exploration game where you sail across an infinite ocean and explore the islands you discover. Fight pirates and bosses, loot rare items, hunt and fish for survival, and take on quests all in a procedurally generated world.
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Release Date: Aug 22, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

We have a free demo for you to try before you buy the game! The demo contains many of the features in the main game, but with a limited number of islands.

We chose early access because want to create a world worth remembering by working alongside a community of players who are as passionate about the game as we are. As we develop, we will be constantly interacting with Early Access players to get their feedback on what they like, don't like, and want to see in the game. This will help to guide us towards creating an adventure better than we could have ever done on our own.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We estimate that Salt will be in Early Access until Fall of 2016.”

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

“The full version will have much more content, which includes:

  • Multiplayer
  • More wildlife and enemies
  • More items and weapons
  • Settling and the ability to build your own home
  • Better environmental features such as weather
  • Full story line and main quests
  • More island types

We will make sure all of our systems and content are fleshed out to make a complete game experience by release.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current Early Access version includes a wide spread of content and features such as quests, lore, bosses, hunting, sailing, fishing, ship customization, and wide array of weapons and items. It still contains bugs, incomplete content, and some placeholder elements.”

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

“We will re-evaluate the price when we complete the Early Access stage.”

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

“We will continuously interact with the community throughout the entire development process through avenues such as Steam, Reddit and Twitter. We frequently engage in discussions about both current and future content. The community has already played an excellent role in guiding development, and that will continue to the end.”
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September 21

Update 1.9.1 - Sailor's Delight

Update 1.9.1 - Sailor's Delight

The distribution of islands and the content that they contain has changed. This is an optional upgrade for current saved games. With the addition of new content and island types throughout development, the distribution of islands and content has been something we want to re-balance. For example, some island types have become rarer than intended, while others too common. Also, it is often the case during play that you run into many islands in a row with very little content of interest then run across a single island with tons of content. All of this combined would occasionally cause unlucky players to play for long periods of time without the chance to experience exciting content. It is for this reason that we wanted to do some re-balancing.

These world changes are not automatically applied to existing saves. You can manually upgrade these saves by pressing the upgrade button next to each existing save file in the "Load" menu. If you have spent time mapping the world, note that this will render your map inaccurate as the placement of islands will change. However, if you have had the Cartographer NPC check your map, the game will offer to automatically populate a portion of your map for you based on how much and accurately you filled out your previous map.

  • The chance for each island type to appear has been adjusted.
  • How far away from the origin certain island types can appear has also been adjusted.
  • Removed the too-vast expanses of ocean that could appear past 50 units away from the origin.

Spread out the content among islands so that you are now less likely to encounter many islands in a row without special content.

Replaced the old help book with a new help interface to make it easier to reference the topic you are looking for. Additionally, added pop-up notifications to direct new players towards particular help sections as they encounter related content.

Added two new friendly characters to find in the world. Each offers a number of new quest and items to obtain.

  • Nearby dead enemies will no longer block you from saving the game.
  • Changed the way campfires and flags save their positions internally to reduce bloat in the registry.
  • Made question mark on merchant interfaces pulse to make it more noticeable.
  • Added close button to NPC dialog window
  • Fixed a bug where money would be given to the player when an NPC's wares would update due to a quest completion while the wares were visible.
  • Fixed money count in player equipment window not always updating properly when selling items.
  • Merchant inventories now start out scrolled to the top.
  • Increased the chance of named king challengers to appear.
  • Slightly improved map performance.
  • The whole number portion of the precise sextant's location now matches the normal sextant.

For those of you waiting on multiplayer, don't worry. It is under development. This is one of a few smaller updates to be released during the multiplayer development period.

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September 14

Update 1.9.1 - Sailor's Delight Now on Testing Branch

Hey everyone!

You can now download and play Update 1.9.1 - Sailor's Delight on the Steam testing branch. If you aren't already on the testing branch and would like to help us test the new update before an official push, you can follow the instructions here:

Steam Testing Branch Instructions

This update comes with a lot of new changes. Let me go over briefly some of what you can expect to see!

Island Distribution Changed

With this update we have changed the distribution of islands in the world. The new system better spreads out content and discoveries so that you'll be less likely to find multiple islands back to back with nothing on them. We've still got some content gated beyond a certain point and things of that nature to keep a sense of progression, but we wanted to decrease the lull a little bit and make it easier to find some of the unique content we've put into the game.

These changes will take effect to any new games you create and are an optional upgrade for previous save games.

New NPCs, Quests, and Items

Along with the new island distribution system, we've also implemented two brand new friendly characters with quests and rewards. These new characters are known as the Sea Fisher and the Sea Scholar. Each NPC will have five quests and as you complete the quests, you'll unlock access to rank 1 through 5 of their vendor gear. Once you hit rank 5, you'll be able to do a repeatable quest for a random loot drop. The random loot drop is guaranteed to be a rare item, but also has a chance to be an epic or even a legendary.

With these new NPC's we've introduced over 50 new weapons, armor, and items into the game to give you lots of new loot to work toward.

New Help Interface

This update also includes a new help interface intended to make it easier for new players to learn the mechanics of the game. The new interface is more intuitive to use and will direct players to a portion of the help journal as they encounter related content in the game.

In addition to all this we've also made some other changes. We've fixed a bug on the merchant window where the inventory would sometimes start out scrolled at the bottom. We've also made the question mark on the merchant interface pulse slightly to better indicate his available quest.

We plan on pushing this update out officially soon but can use your help on the testing branch in the mean time. Thanks for reading and as always we'd love to hear your feedback!

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“It’s a properly lovely game to play. Calm, gentle and yet still letting you hit plate-faced pirates with an axe.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“The true beauty of the art and environment lends itself to the feeling of freedom Salt offers.”
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About This Game

Salt is a game about the journey, not the destination. Set sail across an infinite, procedurally generated world hunting down pirate captains, fighting bosses and other creatures, completing quests, upgrading and decorating your ships, hunting and fishing for food, looting or crafting hundreds of items and resources, and discovering mysterious places and secrets throughout the world.

Current Features

  • Complete Freedom - Pick a direction and go. Whether it's fighting, exploring, questing, hunting, or crafting, the choice is yours to experience the world the way you want.
  • Adventure and Quests - Take on dangerous quests filled with bosses and secrets to earn rare loot and uncover lore.
  • Procedurally-generated World - The world is limitless. Set sail on the ocean and explore an infinite amount of islands.
  • Chart Your Adventure - Use in the in-game map to chart the islands you come across and make note of rare loot or places you discover!
  • Customize your Ship - Discover huge ships and decorate them to make them your home at sea.
  • Gear Up - RPG-style loot system with item rarities and a large array of weapons, armor, and mysterious items.
  • Battle your Enemies - Fight pirates, bosses, and other enemies using a wide array of weapons.
  • Hunting and Fishing - Hunt wildlife and fish the open seas for food and other resources.
  • Seed based world generation - Start with a default seed to share your discoveries with the community. Everyone using the same seeds will be in identical worlds.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB video card with shader model 2.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 3.0Ghz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024MB video card with shader model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 30
This is a great little game , thats actually far deeper than you might think
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 2
Short version for the TL; DR impared- Outstanding indie "survival" game. And there's pirates!

Long version- I bought this game on Steam for only $7 and I feel like I have ripped the devs off. Granted, it was on Sale ( reduced price for a certain time) but from what I have seen I would gladly pay upwards of $20.

Salt is not a game that easily fits into a genre; It's "survival" in that you start with zero; all killable enemies have a chance to drop items that are normal ( white letters), good quality ( green), exceptional ( blue). *Note* I'm sure there are higher "level" items but I'm only 8 hours in at this writing. There is also crafting..but no pre-set "recipes" ( ie you have to either experiment or find books that describe what you can make.)

Salt is all about exploring. The World ( as far as I understand) in bascially endless; think Mindcraft random chunk loading but islands of various sizes instead of terrain.

I have to assume the farther one goes out from one's "spawn" point the more difficult the game gets? Time will tell.

The game is in Early Development but is very polished as far as gameplay. I have encountered no game-breaking bugs as of yet.

It may only be my advancing age but....I did notice a bit of a learning curve as far as some aspects of the game. The world is huge....and you have no map...unless YOU make a map.

Learning the system of map-making ( for me) was a frustrating time but when I finally " got it" I could see what the devs wanted to do with it. Overall ( now at least) I think it very clever indeed.

I asked questions on the official forums and got only helpful replies; the community seems mature and growing.

Oh! and there's fishing!

Rivetscore 91 / 100
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 13
While I say yes, I would really wait until multiplayer comes out. At the moment it just feels more grindy than it should be
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 25
This is a really nice relaxing game to play, just sail around on the quiet ocean.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
54.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 5
I absolutely adore salt. It is such a fun game with an experience unlike any other. There are pirates to fight and ships you can build, and there are tons of items and quests. It is very unique and I highly recommend it.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
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Posted: October 1
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 8
Keep doing what you're doing fellas, been here for well over a year, love the progress and will stick it out for the duration!

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
57.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 12
Probably one of my favorite games of all time. Its definetly not for people with a short attention span, but this game can be terrifying and beautiful at the same time; so if you like sailing and exploring than you will love this game.

My only problem with this game is that it gets repetitave over time. It used to be you could explore 20 islands and around two of them would be treasure islands; which got really old over time. That being said there are more new islands now, and the game is still being updated. all in all its a very relaxing game that will make time pass faster than you would think.
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5 of 12 people (42%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
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Posted: October 1
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329 of 344 people (96%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
242.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 17, 2015
I climbed a mountain so tall that I could see the curvature of the planet.
I spent hours searching strange islands at night to find the material to craft a sword that glows in the dark.
I sailed through waves so large they blocked out the sun.
I defeated the spider queen, all 4 boss pirate captains, countless ancient guardians, and even a legendary white stag.
I built a ship, decorated it, and filled it with loot I had gained in my adventures.
I've caught sea bass, crabs, jellyfish, and pirannah while sailing to nowhere in particular.

And the game is barely even half done.

Salt is freedom. It's fun and relaxing, but also often mysterious and exciting. I enjoy the game so much as-is, and eagerly await every update.
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48.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 19
Do you like games about pirates? Do you like realistic sailing simulators? Do you like games with epic first person battles like Minecraft and Skyrim:The Elder Scrolls V? Than this game is for you! Salt has all of the above! Ignore all the reviews saying "This game has bad graphics" and "This game's exploration element is not good enough for me". Salt has pretty good combat, very realistic sailing elements, a storyline, tons of different equipment to collect, epic boss battles, frequent updates, and awesome exploration! The only thing I would add are enemy ships so there would be ship battles, and sharks so you would have something to worry about while swimming. Would rate this game 10/10!
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26.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 17
No matter how many games come and go, Salt is always here for when I just want to take a break from the competitive multiplayer mindset. Relax, and enjoy.
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185.5 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 16
it'sa fun game i have played alot and a still sometime get on and have a relaxing adventure through salt. but what would make this game beter is ship battles.But in the end the game is a realy good game don't forget to thank the developes for the cool content.

I would rate this game 8/10
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I drink to forget my alcoholism
42.9 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 16
if you're thinking about buying this game, buy this game.
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[1SC, A] Vol. Chaz
24.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 15
I have played it for 5 plus hours and it gets better all the time. When you die you won't lose your inventory and I like that. It appears to be a vast open world and killing pirates and hunting deer have been entertaining. The graphics are enough to make the world go round and sounds are pretty good. I like the different twist on crafting because I'm not a huge fan of it in my games. Crafting does serve it's purpose and you will need to do it. I will recommend this title and it's currently worth the early access price. I must get some rest so when I awake I will ignore my chores and play more of this game. Have fun and enjoy, I know I will.
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7.9 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 3
This game is achuly very fun disappointingly there is not many things to do on land which makes you overly attached to your ship sure there are many things to do on your ship as you travel but it shouldn't be the whole game to be in your ship aswell their should be more hard enemies it becomes to easy at a surtain point in the game I do think this game has great potential to become a great game but it just doesent focus on other parts that would make it a great game.
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