Fast-paced naval battles in a grim fantasy world of leviathans, warships & magic! Captain Orc, Dwarf & Human warships with tactical, ship-vs-ship-vs-monster multiplayer. Upgrade ships & crew to become the most powerful warship to sail the Abyssal Ocean!
All Reviews:
Mostly Positive (1,354) - 79% of the 1,354 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 20, 2019

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“Maelstrom is a unique and original twist on the classic Battle Royale formula with naval combat, out-of-match progression, and sea monsters!”
IGN - James Duggan

“Maelstrom’s a nautical battle royale, pitting fantastical ships against each other in damp arenas. The ships are fast, the cannons are powerful and there’s no risk of being sniped by some invisible bastard. It’s lovely”
Rock Paper Shotgun - Fraser Brown

“It's a fun and fast-paced game as you swivel around to unleash broadside attacks, try to stay out of the line of fire as your cannons are reloaded, grab currents to speed yourself up and dart between the islands, and race to collect the floating goodies dropped when another ship is taken out.”
PC Gamer - Christopher Livingston

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 with online multiplayer, in free-for-all & team based matches.


  • Be ruthless! Sink other players ships, take their loot and collect their bounty!
  • Be greedy! Maps are littered with floating treasure chests and ships loaded 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!
  • Be unsinkable! At the end of a match ships can be upgraded and customized with captains, cannons, armor, mates and more!

BOMBASTIC BROADSIDES!

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.

WARSHIPS WIN WITH WITS

Enemy ships can be rammed, grappled and boarded!

Maneuver a ship through the swelling sea and prepare for ramming! The faster the ship is moving the more devastating the collision will be on impact.

Boarding locks both ships in place while crews fight it out. If one crew manages to kill all of the opposing crew, it can spell disaster & sink a ship quickly, sending it to the depths!


ARMOR, AMMO AND POSITIONAL DAMAGE

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 your 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 ship’s speed.
  • Grapeshot slaughters enemy crew and makes ships easier to board.

LURKING THE DEEP

Like the ocean they reside in, sea monsters are titanic forces of nature. They stalk unwary captains and can devour a ship whole. Like this 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, HUMAN FRIGATE


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


FREE-TO-PLAY DEFINITION FOR MAELSTROM:

As Free-to-Play definitions vary with games we want to define it clearly so players know what they can expect:
  • All gameplay and progress can be unlocked by playing the game for free. No additional purchases are needed to enjoy the game to its fullest extent.
  • There are no ways to purchase a competitive advantage in game.
  • Players must play the game to progress & become more powerful. There are no ways to purchase a top tier ship with a powerful crew, it must be earned by playing the game. Players can however, accelerate progression with boosts.
  • Gold is in-game currency and earned by playing the game.
  • Gunpowder is premium currency & the only item sold for cash in-game. It is used to buy all of the premium items in the store such as the battle pass, cosmetics, boosters & bundles.
  • Gunpowder can also be earned for free via the Battle Pass, completing quests & checking the store.
  • Battle Passes unlock cosmetics, gold or gunpowder & there is a premium track that unlocks additional rewards for gunpowder.
  • Future content will be added through seasonal Battle Passes, events or content drops.
  • There are no loot boxes. All Items are directly purchasable in the store.





System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

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