Take command of an 'Age of Sail' ship and her crew, exploring a vast, story-filled world that reacts to your decisions. Engage enemy vessels, fortifications and sea monsters in brutal tactical combat, all framed in an art style inspired by classic Naval Oil Paintings.
All Reviews:
Mixed (360) - 68% of the 360 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Feb 21, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“With the support of the community, Abandon Ship has gone from strength to strength during it’s time in Early Access.

The game is advanced enough for it to be representative of the final vision, but you can still help shape important factors. We'd love you to be a part of that process.

If you want to dive in and have an awesome time, you can do that now. Or if you want to suggest ideas, give feedback and provide us with bugs, you can do that too!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“After several Major Updates, we are on the final push toward version 1.0, which we hope to release some time in Autumn 2019.

Of course, once we leave Early Access we plan to continue supporting the game with new content and other improvements.”

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

“Between now and full release, we will unlock the final region. We will also continue putting at least one unique island, quest and event in all 101 maps you can explore.

There will be new systems to continue expanding the breadth of gameplay, as well as new ship variants to unlock.

We will conclude the main story and add a new side-campaign; a freeplay mode. This will be with a different character and have a long-term goal of rebuilding a pirate base.

We’ll also continue to bug-fix, polish, balance and add Steam Achievements.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Since our initial launch, we have released six major updates. Combined, these represent a huge amount of new systems and content. We’ve also jumped on the highest priority issues the community flagged to us.

If you look at our various social channels you’ll be able to find blog posts and trailers that break down all of the new additions. We also detail these in patch notes on the Steam forums.

The world has greatly expanded; our initial launch had 5 regions, we now have 14 unlocked. Beyond the Main Story and Combat Campaign, we’ve added two additional game modes: Haunted Seas, where you must escape the realm of death, and Sword of the Cult, where you play as the baddies, even getting to control the Kraken.

To explore every single map and undertake every unique quest, as well as complete all of the side campaigns takes over 25 hours. If you wish to just take the critical path through the main story that takes around 8 hours.”

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

“The game will be cheaper during Early Access than in its final form.”

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

“As you will see from our Steam forums or on our Discord, we are very engaged with the community. We have multiple forums covering different topics, and the feedback has been very useful in helping us focus on areas people feel important.”
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“It's a game that makes you stop and really think about certain parts of your journey, while relying on gut instinct to see you through others. For something that's just launched in Early Access it's remarkably well realised, and I look forward to seeing how shipshape it is once the voyage to completion is finally done.”

“I quickly became a fan of the oil painting design direction of Abandon Ship and felt that it made the game stand out when compared to titles in the same genre, but the combat is where I feel Fireblade has found a nice balance of deep tactics through simple execution.”

“In the end though, what we see is a title that already shows more chops than a lot of titles that are full releases. That balancing is really well done, the combat moment-to-moment is really fun.”

About This Game

Discover a huge amount of unique, story-filled islands across diverse biomes and themed areas: Fight ghost ships in the Haunted Seas. Ward off giant arachnids in the Spider Islands. Regions filled with poisonous gas, icebergs, cannibals and much more await.

Engage enemy ships, fortifications and sea monsters in vicious combat, employing your best tactics to out-manoeuvre and out-gun the enemy. Weather and environmental conditions affect your battles: Tidal waves, lightning strikes, volcanic bombardments and blizzards are just some of the modifiers that impact your strategy.

Abandon Ship focuses on ‘Age of Sail’ ships in a Fantasy setting, framed in an Art Style inspired by classic Naval Oil Paintings.

Life in this world can be brutal. Death is permanent. But the journey doesn’t end if your vessel is destroyed. You are the Captain, and as long as the Captain is alive, there is always hope.

By escaping to a Lifeboat, or even being stranded, alone in the water, there is a chance to survive and fight your way back to the top.

Combat is tactical and savage. Each battle is hard-fought, always on the edge of defeat. Your only chance of overcoming the odds is to employ every advantage you can bring to bear.

Dozens of diverse weapons and upgrades are available to utilise on the various ship classes you can acquire. Customise your vessels appearance by capturing enemy ships intact. Your trusty crew gain experience and traits to help provide an edge over the enemy.

Explore a fantasy world that reacts to your actions. Engage in piracy and become a hunted Captain. Undertake quests that may drastically change the environment – or the entire world. Make decisions that create allies or enemies that return to help or seek vengeance.

Play multiple stories, including the main campaigns tale of overthrowing a Cthulhu-esque Cult, a Freeplay mode about rebuilding the legacy of your forebears, and shorter tales, such as the combat campaign focused on rescuing your sister, or Sword of the Cult, where you play as one of Father’s children, climbing the ranks until you’re granted the ultimate weapon: The Kraken.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit
    • Processor: 2.2GHz Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Some owners of older ATI graphics cards may need to run the game in DirectX 9 mode.
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: OS X 10.11+
    • Processor: 2.2GHz Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000 or equivalent
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 18.04
    • Processor: 2.2GHz Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000 or equivalent
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

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