Watch: Latest Abandon Ship Trailer Introduces Age of Sailing, Roguelike’s Cult & Monster Villains

‘FTL in the Age of Sail’ roguelike Abandon Ship has received a new trailer, this time focusing on the enemies in the game.

Fireblade Software have released a new trailer for their upcoming strategy title, Abandon Ship. The latest trailer focuses on the game’s main antagonists, a sinister cult called the Cult of Haliphron.

As marine-biologists, quiz nutters and people who spend too long on Wikipedia and Google will know, a Haliphron (atlanticus) is a humongous, seven limbed sea creature known as a septipus, or seven-arm octopus. This is most topical, as the Cult of Halphron are wonderfully Lovecraftian in nature, worshiping ancient sea monsters in their bid for world domination.

Members of the cult are extremely efficient combatants, and will willingly cast themselves into the water before trying to board players vessels, rapidly shifting gameplay from evasion and long-range fire to battles fought on the deck of your own ship.

Not only that, but they can summon up creatures from the depths including -as showcased in the trailer- a kraken. The kraken is deadly, as you will see if you watch the bottom-left bar as the creature squeezes the ship in the trailer. Luckily, as we see, a swift mortar shot to the beak is enough to send it away and allow the crew time to recover.

Abandon Ship is doing a lot of interesting things, from the game’s classic ‘Age of Sail’ oil-painting artwork through to the chance for players to survive their ship’s complete destruction even though the game is very much in the spirit of Oregon Trail and FTL’s race/survive to the finale play style.

Here is the game’s features list from its Steam page:

Be the Captain. Survive on the Edge in a World with Consequences.

In Abandon Ship 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.

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.

Snatch Victory from the Jaws of Defeat.

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 and utilise all the tools at your disposal.

Reap What You Sow.

Explore a fantasy 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.

You can find the latest trailer below,

Abandon Ship is currently scheduled to release in late 2017 for Windows PC.

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