Helm or High Water is a VR pirate ship combat game with asymmetrical local co-op. Put your sea legs to the test and work together with a friend to control all aspects of the ship from the helm and sails to the cannons and crew.
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Feb 17, 2022

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early Access will allow me to start getting community feedback as soon as possible and to secure the funding necessary to fully realize my vision for this game. Early player experiences will help shape the pace, progression systems, and balance of the game going forward.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Approximately 12 months.”

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

“The current roadmap includes singleplayer support, more voyage types, ship and home island progression, boss flagships, close combat with boarding crew, bug fixes, optimizations, and much more.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The first voyage type “Hunt” is fully playable, where the only objective is sinking enemy ships. Rewards can be spent on basic tools and weapons but most progression systems are work in progress. The game currently requires two players; one in VR and one with keyboard and mouse or gamepad.”

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

“The price may increase as content is added to the game.”

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

“Community members can provide feedback and suggestions on the Steam Discussions forum.”
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About This Game

Grab your sword, man the helm, ready the crew, and loose all sails!

Helm Or High Water is a VR pirate ship combat game with asymmetrical local co-op. Work together with a friend on keyboard and mouse or gamepad to control all aspects of the ship from the helm and sails to the cannons and crew. Pick your voyages carefully and with great cooperation you may have enough gold to upgrade your ship, improve the local island, to dress like the pirate lord you are, or just to pile up real big in the middle of town.

Asymmetrical Co-op

As the Captain (VR), steer the ship clear of danger, give the order to fire the cannons. Use your flintlock pistols to thin out the enemy crew from afar and your sword to defend yourself from boarders.

As the Crew (Keyboard or Gamepad), adjust the sails, allocate crew members, choose cannonball types, and relay important information about the map, enemies, and ship status to the Captain.


  • Feel the Waves: Buoyancy physics simulation makes it feel like you’re really on a ship. Watch the bow of the ship rise and fall or keep your eye on the horizon if you’re feeling sea sick.
  • Mind the Wind: Sailing directly into the wind will make you a sitting duck. Angle your sails and use the wind to your advantage.
  • Station the Crew: Your ship has 3 kinds of crew members; Sailors, Gunners, and Deckhands. Allocating crew members is vital to voyage success.
  • Choose your Ammo: Switch to Grape Shot for a better chance at hitting enemy crew, load the Chain Shot to do extra damage to the sails, or stick with Round Shot to damage the hull.
  • Style to Intimidate: Ditch the sea soaked rags and dress to impress with coats, gloves, hats, eyepatches, earrings, and beards to boot. Visit the Clothing Vendor's stall to spend your hard earned coin on over 40 cosmetic items.

Planned Features

  • Pick your Voyage: Balance risk and reward when you carefully choose your voyage from the replayable, radiant voyage system.
  • Upgrade your Ship: Reinvest some Gold into making your feared flagship even more formidable. Add more cannons, strengthen the hull, expand the crew cabins, and more. Repaint the hull and, of course, the sails must be black.
  • Improve the Town: It’s time to do some pirate infrastructure spending. Build better housing for your crew, open a Tavern to help them unwind, or hire a weaponsmith to make new swords and guns.
  • More Game Modes: Protect your precious cargo as you break the line and try to reach your drop off point unscathed in Blockade Runner or set your sights on new targets with Fort Assault and Flagship boss fights.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i5-6500
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • VR Support: SteamVR or OpenXR. Standing or Room Scale
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

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