Last time we reported on Maelstrom, the game was considering the month of April for an early access release. Now, we’ve been given direct word on a release date for Maelstrom early access…and that date is today.
Yep, Maelstrom is now setting sail for the seas of Steam with an early access build that features nine different ships that can be customized with three stat-boosting crew mates, a captain that offers a special ability, and various other features that can affect performance. Players then duke it out in a 16-person battle royale on the open water, hoarding gold and collecting bounties from sinking other ships while avoiding the encroaching, monster-filled Dead Waters.
The Steam release of Malestrom will link to the stretch goals of the game, but instead of being powered by direct funding, they’ll be powered by the number of players. A Steam post outlines each of these stretch goal features, with a single-player campaign possible if Maelstrom numbers hit the 125k mark.
Maelstrom is available at a cost of $19.99 with a 10% discount for those who decide to buy in during the game’s launch week. A trailer for the early access launch can be viewed below.
Dress it up how you like, but “player number stretch goals” are still funding goals. Regardless, we still feel that Maelstrom could have enough variance in it to make it stand out from the big-name battle royale games out now…perhaps even stand above them. We’re most interested in seeing how things progress for Maelstrom and would like to offer congratulations to Gunpowder Games for making it to Steam early access.
Source: press release