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It turns out the rather great looking exploration and combat game 'Abandon Ship' [Steam, Official Site] will come to Linux. The art style of the game is actually inspired by classic navy oil paintings.

The funny thing is, I got an email from one of our followers notifying me that last year the developer said they would do a Linux version. I posted in the forum to ask for an update, without realizing the very next email in my inbox was the actual developer telling me it's coming! Fun when little things like that happen.

Check out the trailer:
I'm shocked that I had never heard of this game before, because look at how incredible the art is. The gameplay looks pretty decent too from the trailer. How the waves utterly batter the ship, while some poor sailor is trying to put out a fire, the detail looks mesmerising.

The developer told me it will for sure be on Linux, but they aren't sure just yet if that will be at release, or shortly after. It's currently scheduled to release sometime this year, but it sounds like the exact date isn't being given just yet.

You can see the most recent reveal below:

The game itself sounds very interesting. It does feature permanent death, but as long as you keep your captain alive there's hope to continue. You can escape in a lifeboat and attempt a quick escape, so much for the captain going down with the ship eh? Sounds exactly my style!

The world also evolves based on your actions, so what you do in quests can alter the environment. There's a lot to this game that has me excited so I'm going to keep a closer eye on this one for sure.

We do have a few naval games on Linux, but honestly nothing so far has looked as good as this. Safe to say I'm pretty excited to give this one a go! Will you look to pick up a copy when it releases for Linux?
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lovemytux 21 July 2017 at 12:28 pm UTC
And just like that, it's in my wishlist.. This "oil painting art style" is awesome!
pcavalcanti 21 July 2017 at 12:29 pm UTC
This looks awesome!! I will definitely pick it up!!
razing32 21 July 2017 at 12:38 pm UTC
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Honestly the trailer confused me more than anything else.
The world exploration looked like an open world game - i.e go anywhere do anything.
The combat looked like a rail shooter of all things.
Apopas 21 July 2017 at 12:45 pm UTC
Very beautiful!
Expalphalog 21 July 2017 at 1:17 pm UTC
Call me a sucker, but I would buy even a game full of nothing but escort quests in ice levels if it looked as beautiful as this.
TheRiddick 21 July 2017 at 1:20 pm UTC
Nice, will definitely get it once it does hit Linux .
Guest 21 July 2017 at 2:34 pm UTC
razing32Honestly the trailer confused me more than anything else.
The world exploration looked like an open world game - i.e go anywhere do anything.
The combat looked like a rail shooter of all things.

Maybe you should watch the combat gameplay trailer as well.
svartalf 21 July 2017 at 4:34 pm UTC
Linux version? Bet your bottom dollar something that has this kind of visuals and is playable as the description in the video, WILL get bought.
slaapliedje 21 July 2017 at 8:24 pm UTC
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Whoa, this does look awesome.

I have been waiting a LONG time for a modern day version of Broderbund's Broadsides. Absolutely loved that game on the Atari 8-bit. Not sure how the combat on this one is though. That one was (if I recall) real time, but you built up your custom ship with cannons, sales, hull, etc. Kind of like a Car Wars / Autoduel game but with boats. If you weighed yourself down with too many cannons, you couldn't turn as fast, etc.

Then when you fired, you could aim at sails, hull, people.. and you could do boarding parties, where you had to sword fight.

I don't think it really had much beyond that, but loved playing it. I think it'd be phenomenal to come out with a new one.
Purple Library Guy 21 July 2017 at 11:35 pm UTC
Hmmm, combat seems to be pure broadside-to-broadside. No maneuvering to "cross the T", no stern chases wearing down the fleeing foe with your bow chasers (or trying to nail your pursuer's mast with a long nine at the stern), no competition to get windward of the opponent. But broadsides are fun.
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