Factsheet

Developer:
Fireblade Software
Based in Guildford, United Kingdom

Release date:
21st February 2018

Platforms:
PC
Steam Early Access
Official Soundtrack

Website:
abandonshipgame.com

Regular Price:

USD$19.99
GBP£14.99
EUR€19.99

Description

Abandon Ship is a single-player PC game where you take command of a ship and her crew, exploring a diverse, procedurally generated world, taking on quests and dealing with random events. Frequently, you will end up engaging other ships in combat, the player having to employ their best tactics in order to out-manoeuvre and out-gun the enemy. The game focuses on “Age of Sail” ships in a Fantasy setting, framed in an Art Style inspired by classic Naval Oil Paintings.

History

Abandon Ship exists for two reasons. The team want to make their own games, beholden only to themselves and the Games-Playing public. But also because they want to make games that they would play themselves in their own time. We always wondered why a game didn't exist that combined the Tactical combat of games like FTL with the exploration mechanics of titles such as Sunless Sea, all wrapped up in an "Age of Sail" setting. That sounds awesome, right? As development progressed, we felt that Abandon Ship deserved an Art Style to match the dramatic tone of the game, and the Classic Naval Oil Painting style was a perfect thematic fit. We struggled to think of a game with similar artistic inspirations as artists like Turner, Ivan Aivazovsky, Willem Velde, James Wilson Carmichael and Ebenezer Colls (plus many more), so we believe this has provided Abandon Ship with a unique visual identity.

Features

  • Tactical and Savage Combat. 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 and utilise all the tools at your disposal.
  • Ship Destruction is not the End. Life in the world of Abandon Ship can be brutal. Death is permanent. But the game 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 still a chance to survive and fight your way back to the top.
  • Explore a procedurally generated world from Tropics to Arctics. Engage in quests or deal with incidental events on your journey to save the world from a Doomsday Cult.
  • A Personal Adventure. Customise and upgrade your Captain, Ship and Crew. Build yourself to be worthy of any foe, whether that be human or otherwise. But be prepared to make moment-to-moment life-or-death decisions for you and your crew.
  • Take on adventures in a world that reacts to your actions. Quests may drastically change the environment. Make decisions that create friends or enemies that may later come back to help or hinder you.

Videos

Major Update 02: The Perilous Bounty Trailer YouTube

Major Update 01: Treasures of the Deep Trailer YouTube

Early Access Launch Trailer YouTube

Release Date Announcement Trailer YouTube

Exploration Gameplay Trailer YouTube

Sea Monsters & Doomsday Cults Trailer YouTube

Combat Gameplay Trailer YouTube

Announcement Trailer YouTube

Developer Let's Play YouTube


Images

download all screenshots as .zip (112MB)

Major Update: The Perilous Bounty (added August 2018)

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Main Game

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Gifs

download all gifs as .zip (93MB)
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download logo files as .zip (15MB)
logo

Awards & Recognition

  • "Develop Conference 2017 Indie Showcase People's Choice Award Winners."
  • "Develop Conference 2017 Indie Showcase Shortlist."
  • "The MIX GDC 2017 Showcase Finalist."


Selected Articles

  • "Abandon Ship, in other words, is a game that plays with FTL's winning formula in some very clever ways. It eases off on certain elements, allowing you to look around and get a sense of exploration, while ramping up the intensity of other elements. 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."
    - Johnny Chiodini, Eurogamer

Monetization Permission

Fireblade Software allows for the contents of Abandon Ship to be published through video broadcasting services for any commercial or non-commercial purposes. Monetization of videos created containing assets from Abandon Ship is legally & explicitly allowed by Fireblade Software. This permission can be found in writing at http://abandonshipgame.com/presskit/sheet.php?p=abandon_ship.


About Fireblade Software

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Fireblade Software is an Indie Developer comprised of Industry Veterans and exciting new talent. Several team members have worked together previously, and combined have decades of experience with dozens of released titles between them. We're gamers, so we make the sort of games that we would want to play.

More information
More information on Fireblade Software, our logo & relevant media are available here.


Abandon Ship Credits

Gary Burchell
Biz Dev, Designer, Project Lead, Fireblade Software Ltd

Adam Thacker
Technical Lead, Fireblade Software Ltd

Aaron Miller
Music Composer, Lead VFX, Freelancer

Alex Shapland
3D Art, Animation, GUI, Concept, Freelancer

Mark Angus
Lead Audio Designer, Freelancer

Danny Wadeson
Narrative Designer, Freelancer

Amanda Ho
Concept Artist


presskit() by Rami Ismail (Vlambeer) - also thanks to these fine folks