The realm is troubled. The king and his most loyal guards are on a quest to restore the Eternal Crown. Floating down a vast river on a simple raft, you have to fight enemies, improve your gear, find allies and explore mysteries along the shores. Can you turn the tide?
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Mostly Positive (34) - 79% of the 34 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Feb 28, 2023

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“In Dreadful River the player explores a vast meandering river on a raft, fighting off enemy forces while trying to keep the crew alive. In addition to core gameplay features, we have lots of ideas that will get implemented in future updates. In the past SureAI has worked on several open world RPG titles (of which some are also available on Steam for free). Dreadful River has a smaller scope than previous titles but it's designed to be an open framework which makes it easy to expand for the whole timeframe of the project's lifecycle. The world design includes design and gameplay principles that were popular from previous projects. By receiving input from the community, we strive to create something engaging to play and fun to explore.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“At this point the game has been in development for approximately one year. This time has been used to create the core systems and to provide a solid ground for further additions. Another year of development will be needed to realize the full potential of the project. Naturally there will be regular updates, both in gameplay and content, while the game is in the Early Access phase. Nevertheless we also plan on improving and expanding the game in the post-release phase.”

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

“As far as the river flows

  • Additional friends and foes, new enemy variations and factions
  • New ships and upgrades, more items to find and purchase
  • Land on the shore and explore mystical locations
  • Introducing seasons with new challenges
  • Branching river and additional environments
  • Pick up rumors and hints on an unfolding quest
  • A lot more cool ideas will be added, we will find out while development proceeds

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Survive as long as you can while floating down the river

  • Explore the ever changing river that will be different each run
  • Fight a wide variety of enemies that will try to stop your journey
  • Hire different crew members with varying abilities
  • Find new equipment to strengthen your force
  • Trade items with with different merchants along the river
  • Upgrade your vessel and provide more room for your crew
  • Day night cycle, weather effects, there is wildlife too!

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

“The games pricing will change over time. As new game elements and features are implemented, the selling price of the game will most likely rise at certain points in development. At least the final release version the game will be priced higher.”

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

“Feedback is always appreciated. We will consider the requested features if they're feasible and adequate to implement. You can reach out to us on the Steam forums or by visiting our website, where we provide more options.”
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About This Game

While vicious invaders are attacking the realm, the king has embarked on a quest with his most precious possession and the only hope for victory: The Eternal Crown. Now it's your task to guide him down the the turbulent river on a flimsy raft. At the king's side stand his most loyal guardsmen. Improve your chance of survival by improving their abilities and gear, find powerful allies and explore mysteries along the shores. Defend the king and the crown against your adversaries who are prepared to ambush you at any moment to destroy all hopes of salvation. Uncover the truth behind the legends surrounding the Eternal Crown. Can you succeed in this challenging quest and save the kingdom from its downfall?

Explore the vast winding river

Steer the raft along the river and its ever changing scenery. Watch your supplies and keep your guard while the weather and the cycle of day and night will affect your view. With each run of the game, the river will have a new course and lead you through different landscapes.

Fight enemies and protect the crown

Your raft will be attacked from the shores and on the water. Defend your vessel and its crew against archers, javelin throwers, spellcasters and many more threats. Choose the right tactics and decide if you want to charge enemies or quietly evade them by floating ahead while they‘re sleeping.

Acquire items and improve your equipment

Pick up flotsam, collect drops from defeated enemies or purchase items in settlements along the river. Merchants will have different selections, prices, trading choices and unique items.

Upgrade your vessel

Improve your raft: Increase crew capacity and inventory size and fortify your defenses.

Manage and hire new crew members

Manage your crew members and improve their strength. Stop your raft at settlements and mercenary camps. Hire crew members such as Archers, Mages, Spearfighters and more. Also discover new crew member classes on your journey.

Be sure to check out the early access section to find out what is planned for the future.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10, 11
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD, 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11, 12 compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound card
    • Additional Notes: Latest drivers Vulkan: AMD (21.11.3+) and NVIDIA (496.76+)
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10, 11
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD, 4 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11, 12 compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound card
    • Additional Notes: Latest drivers Vulkan: AMD (21.11.3+) and NVIDIA (496.76+)

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