Abandon Ship foolishly sails to the Spider Islands

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More like the islands of Nope

I don’t care how nice a pirate you might be, there are some concepts which can be simply dangerous, and crusing to the Spider Islands is one in every of them. Unfortunately, they’re the subsequent port of name for nautical FTL-alike Abandon Ship, together with two extra new, horrible-sounding locales; Cannibal’s Lurk and Peril’s Cauldron. Fireblade Software’s early entry game of fantastical ship-management and poor life selections continues to be steadily rising, though it doesn’t seem that the game is leaving early entry any time quickly. You can see the full patch notes for the update here, or the quick model with trailer under.

This is among the greatest updates the game has seen because it entered early entry, and will give gamers much more freedom in the place they journey. The titular Spider Islands make my pores and skin crawl, and I wouldn’t even name myself an arachnophobe. As the builders describe them, “blanket web permeates the skies, obscuring visibility, while thick strands connect the islands together”. Why are you even there? WHY? During fights right here, spiders of a number of varieties (together with exploding acid ones) will soar aboard your ship, apparently carried by the wind. At least there’s some spider-themed loot to earn, like a spider egg launching cannon, so you possibly can inflict eight-legged hell upon your foes.

The different two zones don’t sound that a lot better, to be sincere. Cannibal’s Lurk is… contentious, that includes that the majority questionable of pirate tropes; masked man-eating tribal of us. Apparently it’s not fairly so clear-cut, and there’s a quest arc there the place you possibly can determine to both facet with the locals (peckish as they could be) or encroaching settlers, trying to find misplaced cities of gold. Honestly, it’s not a lot of a alternative – eat the wealthy, after which take their gold. It’s win/win for a pirate, and free meals!

Peril’s Cauldron is the least-awful sounding of the three new areas, apparently a big area with a collection of maps to discover. It’s a grab-bag of piratical enjoyable. The Sea Of Serpents is patrolled, unsurprisingly, however snake-loving sailors, who might provide you with items (together with a snake-themed deck gun that shoots venom), or assault you. Presumably as a result of one in every of your crew appears to be like like a mongoose. Beyond that, there’s a quest to unlock Ghost Mortars (ghost explosions!) as a weapon, and even altering your ship’s look by capturing enemy vessels intact. The extra cursed the higher, particularly for those who’re headed to the Spider Islands.

You can learn the full patch notes here. Abandon Ship continues to be in early entry, and will but be for a while to return. It’s out there on Steam here for £15/€20/$20.