Blackwake is a multiplayer naval FPS focused on teamwork and cooperation. Fire the cannons, sink enemy ships or board them with firearms and steel.
Recent Reviews:
Mostly Positive (184) - 77% of the 184 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (9,135) - 87% of the 9,135 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Feb 24, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“As a development team of two, Blackwake is our first game that originated as a small hobby project in mid 2013. After a long journey the game received funding via Kickstarter and went into Early Access in February 2017. We believe through iteration and feedback we can make Blackwake the best it can be. Early access will allow us to improve the game with testing new features, optimization and gameplay.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect the game to feel like a complete experience by February 2018. We will continue to update the game after full release. (UPDATE: Around the middle of 2017 we began to plan an overhaul to the game and changed course, you can read more about this here:

Our current plan is to release at patch 4.0, but it is unknown at this time when that may be. We estimate late summer 2018.”

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

“Our wishlist for full release:

  • Interesting and varied game modes
  • More cosmetic items
  • New weapons
  • New ship types
  • More voice acting
  • Improved performance
  • Improved stability

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“As of patch 3.0 the game has been overhauled, we would strongly suggest seeing the 3.0 launch trailer. The overall game-play loop is there and near solid as we continue to refine. Once the core gamemode introduced with 3.0 is balanced and stable we will begin adding both new and old modes back to the game (the gamemode system was rewritten with 3.0 making the old modes incompatible). Along with more ships and many more outfits and hats to unlock through the game. There will be no microtransactions, we are gamers too and hate it.

The game as a whole has yet to go through extensive polishing, but any gamebreaking bug takes immediate priority.”

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

“We may keep the price the same or raise it slightly as the game will be a more complete experience.”

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

“We actively look at and implement feedback as we have done since our Kickstarter testing. Reddit and Discord have helped tremendously in our alpha testing process and we will continue to work with them.”
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Recent updates View all (59)

January 25


Quality of life
  • Tooltips now flash yellow (they can be disabled completely in options)
  • Shot type descriptions added
  • Galleon sink rate decreased 15%, speed increased by 10%
  • Dagger swing speed +3x
  • Bottle swing speed +1.5x
  • Bottle bleeds 3x more severely than default rate
  • Axe swings 2x slower
  • Axe is now a one hit kill
  • Rapier has a 50% chance to bleed each swing
  • Rapier swing speed +2x
  • Cutlass swing speed +2x
  • Ramming now bleeds players within a radius of the impact
  • Ship spawn protection down to 35 from 60
  • Crew spawn protection (on a new ship) down to 10 from 60
  • Respawn protection distance from ship reduced to 40m from 100m
Bug Fixes
  • Adjusted cannon aiming code to lessen collision launching player
  • Island radius capture zone for CTB reverted
  • Fixed invisible colliders getting in the way of bullets on every ship, causing missed shots
  • Addressed collision issues that would allow ships to sail on top of other ships if they were low in the water

See you on the seas!

- Dakota & Tyler
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January 13


- Cannon loading/firing section added to tutorial
- Tutorial has ultrawide 21:9 support
- Fixed issue where mods would experience stuck kick menu in some cases
- Fixed issue where ship labels may blink the old ship name when building a new ship
- Made adjustment to chat box that may have caused text to cut off
- Supply crates have had their LOD extended so players hiding behind them aren't visible
- Captain can no longer slide off the wheel
- Enemy nose can no longer push captains off the wheel
- Fixed inverted glare in spyglass
- CTB map adjusted to allow more competitive interceptions. Base islands are closer together while chest islands are further apart from each other.
- CTB chest can now be captured from sea (not final)
- Ticket scaling for the NEXT round can be toggled by an admin/mod using /ticketscale
- Time limit reached win screen text changed to the leading team
- Blocked weapon switch effect while spectating
- Fixed interact zone of resupply area interrupting gunshots
- If another ship is too close to a docked ship spawn point it will sink on construct
- Clunky foot movement in tutorial has been fixed
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About This Game

Blackwake is a multiplayer naval FPS focused on teamwork and cooperation.

  • Fire cannons, sink ships or board them with FPS combat
  • 54 Players, small and large ships. Crews up to 13 players
  • Maintain your ship, make repairs, reload & resupply cannons
  • A large selection of weapons to snipe, slice and blow away nasty pirates
  • Captain a vessel through nomination, issue orders to yer' crew & fight tactically on the sea
  • 3 Game modes of TDM, Siege (fort attack/defend) & Capture the Booty
  • Navigate maps with variation. Different weather, time of day, avoid volcano eruptions & Icebergs
  • Customize your Character and Ship by leveling your rank!

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: i5 2400, FX-6300
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: R9 270, GTX 660
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: This is to play the game on lowest settings with medium shadows at around 60FPS@1080p resolution.
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: i5 6500, AMD FX-8350
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: R9 290, GTX 970
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: This is to play the game on High settings at 60FPS@1080p resolution. More CPU power is required on larger servers with more players. Newer i7 CPU's should handle the game easily.
    • OS: OS X 10.8
    • Processor: i5/i7 CPU
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: R9 270, GTX 660 equivalent
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: The game does have Mac support but our Mac testers are quite small to give an accurate minimum specs.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection

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