Russian game developers HeroCraft that made games like Majesty and Zombie Derby have announced a new pirate-themed RPG named Tempest, which is in development now and has a scheduled release in Q4 this year for iOS.
Tempest will be a free-to-play RPG that cast players into the role of pirates seeking to conquer the high seas for treasure. While spice trading is one way to amass wealth, it is faster and more interesting for pirates to defeat opponents and loot their cargos.
Tempest features the established concepts in pirate-themed RPGs including ship customization and intense multiplayer battles. And the co-op and competitive battles are the real meat of the gameplay. It will have players engaging in head-to-head ship-to-ship battles against various enemies. Based on the ship type and equipment loaded, players as captains can fight the war with certain tactics.
Meanwhile, ship customization is another important element in the game. Players will be able to select from a wide collection of parts like sails and flags and weapons to build the ideal warship. Part of the options is purely cosmetic, while the most of them offer a layer of strategies to the war. According to the developers, there are even magical artifacts players can equip and use to summon ancient sea creatures to aid them in battle. The Kraken is also a possible enemy, as implied in the game’s development trailer.
Tempest has a scheduled release in Quarter 4 of 2014 and is coming later to Android and PC as well.