Maelstrom is a third-person action game with fast-paced, tactical, ship-vs-ship combat, customization, progression and a focus on multiplayer.
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April 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Maelstrom is focused, well-built, and in an early beta state. We now crave feedback and perspective from players on all aspects of the game especially balance, gameplay, and pacing so we can tighten and polish it. We'll be communicating a lot with our community, especially at this stage of development where game elements are still malleable.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Maelstrom will officially launch when it is well-balanced and the systems and content are highly polished. It will be patched frequently, and players will see constant improvements as additional content is added consistently over the course of Early Access.”

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

“Players can expect a host of new in-game systems and content to come online while the game is in Early Access:
  • Visual upgrades to all playable ships
  • Duo team play
  • Leaderboards
  • Daily bounties and quests
  • Additional maps (and monsters!)
  • Professional voice acting for all captains, mates, and narration.
  • Additional languages supported

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We are still in an early beta state and iterating on balance, gameplay, and progression. The game is fully playable with three initial races (Orcs, Humans, Dwarves) and multiple ships for each race with loads of upgrades, mates and captains. Multiplayer with end match rewards and progression are all fully functional. We will patch frequently and players can expect the game to continue evolving and updating throughout Early Access!”

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

“The price will not change when we leave early access.”

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

“Our main outlets of communication will be via Steam Forums, Discord and Twitter. We'll be communicating a lot with our community, especially at this stage of development where game elements are still malleable.”
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Available: April 2018


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March 7

Early Access in April!

We have set a date for Maelstrom’s Early Access release! The plan is to release next month, in April. The trailer below shows what you can expect! Make sure to add the game to your wishlist and if you would like to give us extra support you can back our new Kickstarter campaign! We promised backers of our last Kickstarter that we would return, and so we have. In addition to a discount, backers will be able to join beta tests to be held each weekend until launch and enjoy other rewards from ship skins to artwork.

When you back us on Kickstarter, you will receive a Steam key for the beta. Then you just need to check our playtest schedule below and dive in on those dates between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. PST:
  • March 10
  • March 17
  • March 24
Why are we holding this Kickstarter when we already have plans for an EA release?
First, as we said above we promised that we would hold another Kickstarter campaign. Second, we want to have Maelstrom launch in the best shape possible, and with a live community from the very start. Internal beta testing can never be as quite as complete as letting regular players try things out, and we wanted to let dedicated fans help us make the game as good as it can be.

If you want to know more about Maelstrom and our launch plans, you can check out our FAQ, as well as the roadmap here below:

We’re excited for launch day, and we hope you are too!
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About This Game

Grim fantasy combined with thunderous naval combat in a vibrant, monster-saturated world! Captain an Orc, Dwarf or Human warship and sail the turbulent Abyssal Ocean to play online multiplayer, in free-for-all or squad based matches.

Maelstrom is a third-person strategy game created by veteran developers from the Warhammer: Dawn of War series, Company of Heroes, League of Legends, and Overwatch.

The goal is simple: Loot as much gold as possible while outwitting and outgunning all others to be the last ship sailing.

  • Be ruthless! Sink other players ships, take their loot and collect their bounty!
  • Be greedy! Maps are littered with floating treasure chests and ships filled with gold.
  • Be cunning! As the match progresses hungry sea monsters become more aggressive and encroach the safe waters ships can sail in. Ships sailing in 'Dead Waters' for too long end up as monster chow!
  • At the end of a match players receive loot in the form of gold for upgrades and new crewmates based on how well they fought and survived.


Cannons are the heart of combat in Maelstrom. Cannonballs are physics controlled, with a significant firing arc and hang time, meaning prediction and good aim are necessary to deal damage effectively. On the receiving end, players with good reactions and anticipation coupled with a nimble ship can dodge incoming fire.


Enemy ships can be grappled and boarded, holding both ships in place while crews fight it out. Grapples will be cut eventually, so boarding actions only last a short time. If one crew manages to kill all of the opposing crew, they will set fire to the enemy ship, sending it to the depths!


Players can always use the most basic of tactics and ram their opponent. The faster the ship is moving the more devastating the collision on impact! Orc ships are designed and built to use this tactic.


Each ship has armor on all four sides. The armor sections serve as additional defense toward damage to that side and must be destroyed before the ship's hull can be damaged. Maneuvering to keep armor between you and your enemy is vital to staying afloat - and seeking the enemy's damaged sides will make you much more lethal in combat!


Every cannon has access to three kinds of ammunition and can swap during combat to suit the situation. Ammo is unlimited.

  • Iron shot blasts chunks out of ship armor and hull.
  • Chain shot is used to shred enemy sails and cripple a ships speed.
  • Grapeshot slaughters enemy crew and makes ships easier to board.


Like the ocean they reside in, sea monsters are titanic forces of nature. They love to snack on players and some of them can devour a ship whole. Like this pygmy Murkwater Thrasher.

Each ship in Maelstrom is a character with a colorful history and unique weaponry as well as strengths and weaknesses such as speed, firepower, crew, and toughness. There are many unique ships available for players to unlock and explore.


Ashborne has incredibly punishing broadsides and wields spell-infused incendiary ammo, unique to her, which ignites enemy ships!


The well designed ships of mankind's Phoenix Empire are the fastest afloat. Each ship is armed with a large number of the most modern cannons available, giving them unmatched range and broadside firepower.

  • great speed
  • powerful broadsides
  • great range


The orcs' shark-driven ships are incredibly maneuverable, and have a large number of forward-facing cannons making them deadly on the pursuit. The orcs themselves are ferocious fighters, unmatched in combat during boarding actions.

  • lethal boarding
  • great ramming
  • formidable agility


Dwarves disdain brittle wood and flimsy sail, instead forging steel armored steamships. Dwarven ships can withstand far more punishment than the ships of other races and are armed with massive giant cannons on all sides. Though not the most nimble, all Dwarf ships can switch gears and sail in reverse.

  • tough armor
  • omnidirectional cannons
  • ships can reverse

No additional purchases are needed to enjoy the game to it's fullest extent. In other words there are no loot boxes, microtransactions, or anything of the sort. Future content will be added in optional DLC packs or released to the community free of charge. Our goal is to keep the game healthy and the community happy and content.

We promise to get Maelstrom into your hands in a fully playable and fun state and to keep the game healthy; To provide transparency and insight into decisions made about Maelstrom at all levels both vast and granular. To listen and react to what the playerbase likes and doesn't. And most importantly, to honor the faith and trust you've placed in us by purchasing the game. Sink ya soon!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or later
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 470 GTX or AMD Radeon 6870 HD series card or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
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