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Maelstrom is Like Battle Royale on the High Seas with PIRATES!

Yes, sure. This week has been packed with news of another pirate game, but we'd be remiss if we didn't bring Maelstrom to your attention, particularly with today's announcement that the pirate-themed ship-to-ship combat battle royale game on the high seas is heading to Early Access on April 11th. If you've been looking for just the right mix of PvP / cooperative / pirate adventure, Maelstrom just might be the one for you, matey.

Gunpowder Games is the hive mind behind Maelstrom, a company filled with industry veterans who have worked on an array of games including Overwatch, League of Legends, Destiny, Company of Heroes, Metal Gear Solid V and others.

Interestingly, the developers have this to say about Maelstrom and Early Access:

No additional purchases are needed to enjoy the game to it's fullest extent. In other words there are no loot boxes, microtransactions, or anything of the sort. Future content will be added in optional DLC packs or released to the community free of charge. Our goal is to keep the game healthy and the community happy and content. 

We promise to get Maelstrom into your hands in a fully playable and fun state and to keep the game healthy; To provide transparency and insight into decisions made about Maelstrom at all levels both vast and granular. To listen and react to what the playerbase likes and doesn't. And most importantly, to honor the faith and trust you've placed in us by purchasing the game. Sink ya soon!

About Maelstrom 
Grim fantasy combined with thunderous naval combat in a vibrant, monster-saturated world! Maelstrom is a third-person strategy game with a focus on multiplayer fast-paced action, ship-vs-ship tactical combat, in-depth customization and progression. 


  • Tactical naval combat: Positional damage, ammo types, and special captain abilities.
  • Fast-paced action: Use cannons, ramming and boarding to sink enemies and avoid becoming fish food for sea monsters!
  • Build legendary warships: A deep level of progression and customization. numerous captains, mates and upgrades create unique combat styles.
  • What’s yours is mine: Power up your ships with rewards earned by collecting loot from sunken foes.
  • Solo and multiplayer: AI captains are ruthless opponents that offer no quarter. 

To celebrate the Steam Early Access announcement, Gunpowder has released a new trailer to provide more information about the game.

Other than that, you can head over to the game's KickStarter page or straight to the Maelstrom Steam page to learn more.

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom

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