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Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Assassin's Creed Odyssey

RPG 05 October 2018

The new entry in the bestselling open-world action game series developed by Ubisoft. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes the players on a journey to ancient Greece. The players assume the role of one of the titular Assassins.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

RPG 08 May 2018

A sequel to the successful RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment. The story told in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire follows the threads started in the first installment of the series. Eothas, the god of renewal and light, comes back to life and takes the form of a statue buried under the protagonist’s keep. Although the stronghold gets destroyed, the main hero survives. From now on, he or she has to pursue a new goal, which is to hunt down Eothas as well as find answers to questions that can bring chaos to the world of gods and mortals. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire takes the player to the eponymous Deadfire archipelago in the far east. In this new region you can travel not only on foot, but also by ship. While controlling your party of characters, in the classic isometric view, you get to explore different locations, complete missions of varying importance and fight with opponents met on the way. Note that the world of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire lives a life of its own, and the choices you made in the first game have consequences here too. Some changes and improvements were made to the User Interface and dialogue system as well as the visuals, which now feature dynamic weather.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Action 29 October 2013

The fourth major installment in a bestselling TPP action-adventure game series. The game was developed by Ubisoft Montreal in cooperation with other Ubisoft’s inner studios. The main story in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is set in 18th century. You meet a pirate captain Edward Kenway (the grandfather of Connor Kenway from Assassin's Creed III), who gets entangled in the age-long conflict between The Brotherhood of Assassins and the Order of Templars. Interwoven in the story are authentic places and historical events, as well as famous figures (including Edward Teach, Benjamin Hornigold, and Anne Bonny) related to the so called Golden Age of Piracy. The sandbox gameplay model offers the players the complete freedom of exploration and undertaking various missions. Complimentary to the solo mode, the game features an expansive multiplayer with a number of diverse maps and playable characters.

Assassin's Creed: Rogue
Assassin's Creed: Rogue

Action 11 November 2014

Another installment in popular the Assassin’s Creed series, created and developed by the Ubisoft company. Unlike Assassin’s Creed: Unity, released in a similar time window on PC and the eight generation consoles, Rogue is designed for older platforms. Story-wise, the game is a conclusion of the plots presented in the third and the fourth part of the series. The game is set in mid-18th century, and for the first time in the series you play as a Templar, Shay Patrick Cormack. He once belonged to the Brotherhood of Assassins, but since he was betrayed he switched sides and started hunting his former “brothers”. In terms of gameplay, the game does not introduce any revolutionary changes, albeit the opponents are now much more skilled in combat. For the first time since Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, the game offers no multiplayer mode, focusing entirely on single player experience.

Return of the Obra Dinn
Return of the Obra Dinn

Adventure tomorrow, 18 October 2018

Return of the Obra Dinn is an FPP adventure game by Lucas Pope, in which you play as an investigator working for the East India Company in the 19th century and your task is to discover the truth behind the disappearance of the entire crew of a trading ship.

Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves

Action 20 March 2018

An action adventure game focusing on multiplayer, set in an open world filled with pirates, treasures and exotic lands to explore. It is a work of the experienced studios Rare – creators of such classic series as Donkey Kong and Banjoo-Kazooie. Players take on roles of corsairs taking part in countless adventures, both on land and open sea. Gameplay revolves around exploration and searching for legendary pirate treasures, though there is a lot of fighting against monsters, as well as epic naval battles of competing groups. As can be easily noticed, Sea of Thieves takes a lot of inspiration from classic tales of pirates, but depicts it in a very humorous way, which is emphasized with its cartoonish visuals.

Skull & Bones
Skull & Bones

Action 2019

A pirate tactical action game developed by a Shanghai-based studio working under Ubisoft. Skull & Bones takes place during the golden age of piracy on the waters of the Indian Ocean. The player assumes the role of a corsair who commands his ship while gradually building up his reputation and amassing more loot. At the beginning, the player has only a single ship, but as he progresses through the game he obtains an entire fleet of various ships that differ among each other in agility, firing range, and durability. Each ship can be customized with additional parts that change its looks and combat effectiveness. The game takes place in an open world in which the player competes with artificial intelligence and with other players. During the battles it is important to take advantage of water currents, prepare proper tactics, and to cooperate with allies. It is also important to select adequate ship for the type of task the player intends to complete.

Victory at Sea Pacific
Victory at Sea Pacific

Strategy 14 September 2018

Victory at Sea Pacific is a real-time marine strategy developed for PCs. It allows you to play out sea battles that took place in the Pacific during World War II.

Sid Meier's Pirates!
Sid Meier's Pirates!

Adventure 22 November 2004

Sid Meier’s pirates! is a new version of the classic from the 80s. Similarly to the original version, it is a mix of features of action games, adventure games and cRPGs. The game takes place during the age of the pirates in the Caribbean.

Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns
Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns

Strategy December 2018

Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns is an expansion to a strategy game developed by Paradox. This is not a standalone DLC, as it requires the base game to work and it expands the naval aspects of the game by implementing new options for designing and upgrading ships. Moreover, the game introduces new sea routes.

Tempest
Tempest

RPG 22 August 2016

An action RPG with simulation elements and pirates, developed by a Russian developer – Lion’s Shade. In Tempest, we assume the role of a pirate, traveling the seas and oceans in search of fame and fortune. During the gameplay we traverse a game world separated into three vast areas, exploring succeeding seas and continuously building our pirate legacy. On our journey we come across merchant vessels as well as other bloodthirsty corsairs, mysterious cultists and legendary sea monsters. The gameplay focuses on typical pirate activities, such as searching for treasure or sea battles. The game doesn’t include the ability to traverse the land, constantly following the action from the perspective of our ship. Other highlights include perks, acquired during the travels, experience system for the crew, and a wide range of modifications affecting the appearance and the armament of our ship.

Caribbean!
Caribbean!

RPG 20 February 2015

Caribbean! is a sandbox action game utilizing the mechanics and the engine of the popular Mount & Blade series. The game was created by Russian studio Snowbird Games and Turkish company TaleWorlds. The production is set in the so-called golden age of piracy (early 18th century). You play as an adventurer, who travels around the New World in search for fame and riches. The protagonist may end up as a captain of a ship or an admiral of a fleet, which allows you to participate in spectacular sea battles. The game has no plot, but instead gives your complete freedom to explore locations and complete challenges. The visuals of Caribbean! were created with the upgraded engine from Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword.

Assassin's Creed Pirates
Assassin's Creed Pirates

Action 05 December 2013

Abandon Ship
Abandon Ship

Strategy 2019

A sandbox naval strategy game set in golden age of sailing ships. Players assume the role of a captain who leads his crew for far away expeditions. An open world lets them decide which missions to take and how to develop their career. There is a main storyline to discover, in which the players try to foil the plans of a mysterious cult that wants to bring the apocalypse. Abandon Ship offers a system of tactical, real time battles that require usage of various maneuvers and skillful crew management. Players’ character and their crew gain experience, and the ship can also be upgraded. However, it is impossible to recover a sunken ship, meaning that a captain of such a vessel must build his position from scratch, of course if he survives – otherwise the players must start from the beginning. Abandon Ship uses an interesting visual style, resembling oil paintings of the 19th century.

Blood & Gold: Caribbean!
Blood & Gold: Caribbean!

RPG 10 December 2015

A sandbox action RPG title with open world being the upgraded version of 2015’s Caribbean!, made by the Russian studio Snowbird Games in cooperation with Mount & Blade creators. It takes place in 17th century, in the Caribbean Sea, with the players taking on the role of an adventurer, seeking wealth and fortune in the New World. The game lack a classic plotline, focusing instead on complete freedom. We can visit towns and settlements, hire more and more crewmembers, trade and gather equipment, and take on various tasks. The game also features fleet management as well as exciting naval and land battles. Compared to the original, Blood & Gold: Caribbean! introduces many novelties, including improved game mechanics and a multiplayer mode.

Islandoom
Islandoom

Strategy 22 September 2017

An online browser MMO game by Polish studio Bloomga S.A. The game allows you to develop your own insular kingdom in a world, where things happen even when you're logged out. Even if your computer is turned off, the resources are still mined for, the shipyards keep building new ships, and the installations are built according to your orders. It also means that in every given moment your island may get attacked by another user, who hopes to steal some of your useful resources. To defend yourself against the invaders, you can attack them yourself, build fortifications, and ally yourself with others through trading and diplomacy. An important feature is the captain character and their special ship, which you can upgrade with the modifications you earn. Both the captain and your whole empire can level up, which allows you to allocate bonuses for them, according to your own development strategy.

Atlantic Fleet
Atlantic Fleet

Strategy 19 May 2015

A continuation of Pacific Fleet, a well-received simulation/strategy game developed by Killerfish Games. This time, we take part in the Battle of the Atlantic, choosing between German Kriegsmarine or Great Britain’s Royal Navy. The action is seen from the third-person perspective, while the battles are divided into movement and attack phases. The players are given more than 60 ships, as well as numerous air units. Atlantic Fleet consists of three single player modes: a dynamic campaign recreating a number of events from the years 1939 – 1945, a fictional campaign with 50 missions for each side of the conflict, as well as a single battle mode with over 30 historical assignments. The players are also treated to a hot-seat multiplayer mode. The game is characteristic for its high-quality 3D graphics that can satisfy mobile and PC users alike.

Blackwake
Blackwake

Action December 2018

A multiplayer-oriented first-person perspective action game developed by an independent developer Mastfire Studios. Blackwake focuses on sea battles, which can be joined by up to 64 players, assuming the roles of the crew members of individual ships. Their job is to man the ship – beginning with loading and operating the cannons, through repairing and patching up the hull, draining the water, and up to delivering supplies and boarding enemy vessels. All crew members choose a captain whose job is to coordinate the team and employ tactics that correspond with the current situation. Interestingly enough, if he isn’t up to the task, the players can dispose of him and choose a new leader through a vote. Blackwake is characteristic for its dynamic weather conditions, and a rich set of modifications that can be applied to individual ships.

Raven's Cry
Raven's Cry

RPG 30 January 2015

Raven's Cry is a pirate-themed action game featuring elements of sailing simulation. The initial developer team, Finnish studio Octane Games, was replaced by Reality Pump during development. The game's protagonist, Christopher Raven, is a man obsessed with a burning desire for bloody revenge on the pirates who murdered his parents many years ago. The dark plot of Raven's Cry is greatly influenced by the player’s choices. The production is a combination of a sandbox action game and a sailing simulator. During the game we get the opportunity to engage in dueling, using both pistols and melee weapons, explore the vast world, and even take command of a ship during spectacular naval battles.

The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt
The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt

Action 04 January 2016

An action game set in the world of pirates. Created by Miroslaw Dymek, a legendary Polish game maker responsible for series such as Earth 21XX or Polanie. The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt lacks a main storyline driving the gameplay. The action takes place in an extensive, open-world environment recreating a large part of the Caribbean. The player controls a captain of a pirate ship, whose aim is to gain fame and riches at sea. The game consists of completing subsequent missions that focus mainly on combat and exploration. The player plunders cargo ships, pirate bases, forts, and harbors. Between the missions, the player can make improvements to their fleet, choosing from sixteen diversified classes of ships, upgraded alongside their progress in the game. In-game sailing features realistic mechanics, making it a great asset to the game - this element was based on the personal experiences of the creator, who is an avid sailor himself. The game has offers extended online features as well, allowing the players to create their own pirate clans.

Her Majesty's Ship
Her Majesty's Ship

Simulation TBA

Her Majesty’s Ship is a simulation game, in which we manage a sailing ship. As an aspiring captain of British Royal Navy, we must perform tasks given by the command, sink countless ships in naval battles, but also take care of every aspect of daily life of our ship. If a crew has no food or, even worse, lacks rum, sailors might rebel and thus instantly end our career.

Naval Action
Naval Action

Simulation TBA

An online sailing simulator developed by the Ukrainian developer, Game-Labs, whose members worked previously on the STALKER and Total War series. The action of the game is set between the sixteenth and the eighteenth century - a period within the so-called Age of Sail. The gameplay focuses on the exploration of the enormous game world, where the players can trade, take assignments, and participate in realistic sea battles. The game features faithfully recreated weapons from the period, including various types of cannons, mortars, and carronades. One of the game's characteristic, and very realistic, features is the ship handling, as the player can control each sail separately and the crew management is also rather complex. The visuals are powered by the Unity engine, which makes the game look better than one could expect. Also, the creators' dedication to recreate the ships as authentic as possible deserves praise.