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Windward brings pirates and the high seas to life

Windward, the action-packed sandbox game set on the high seas, will be coming to Windows, Mac and Linux on May 12.  Windward places gamers at the helm of a ship sailing the seas of a large procedurally-generated world. The title’s open ended gameplay offers players a range of options, from engaging in high-adrenaline combat as a pirate in cooperative multiplayer to exploring uncharted lands.

“After more than four years of development, and plenty of blood, sweat and tears, I am thrilled to say Windward has an official launch date,” said Michael Lyashenko, founder, Tasharen Entertainment. “Every PC gamer can find something to love about the open world and endless possibilities of Windward, no matter what genres they love.”

Windward-568x320I had the chance to play Windward and must say that the game is easy and fun. Having grown up playing Sid Meyers Pirates I already had an idea of what I wanted to see and Windward did not fail to live up to my expectations. The game play is very similar to Pirates but a little bit simplified. The world is huge and so long as you stay in Zones that are level appropriate, the game play moves along quickly developing into a story. You take missions to hunt down pirates, deliver goods, find places, and even help with colonization of this wonderful world. The fog of war can be overcome with items and you can customize your character and ship as time moves on. The game has some beautiful graphics and is quite addictive. I imagine that this game will be one that I shall play often in the coming months. I have yet to break into the high level areas and want to see what else the game has to offer. I can only imagine things like ships of the line and battles that will be brutal and extraordinary.

Gamers who want to earn their sea legs can dive into Tasharen Entertainment‘s Windward on May 12th, 2015 for Windows, Mac and Linux.  In this action-packed sandbox game, set on the high seas, players captain a ship sailing the open waters of a beautiful, large procedurally-generated world.   Windward is currently available in Early Access.

Windward offers a plethora of gameplay possibilities.  Gamers who prefer a more relaxing adventure can explore the unmapped crystal blue oceans filled with detailed marine life, resolve conflict through diplomacy or make their mark as a master merchant.

Players looking to get their adrenaline pumping in high-stakes combat can join a crew of scurvy scallywags online and plunder together as pirates, ally with an in-game faction that protects an area or go rogue and send NPCs to Davy Jones’ Locker in an immersive single player experience.

Specialization is key to survival and gaining an edge over the competition.  With more than 100 talents, players can focus on three separate skill trees.
  • Defense – the ideal class for large ships.  Skills include the ability to turn faster, converting the vessel into a powerful turret on the open oceans, dealing more damage when standing still and increasing damage absorption as their health goes down.
  • Offense – great for quick ships.  Offense enables increased agility, reducing the opponent’s armor and greatly improving the damage done by allies.
  • Support – the perfect team member.  The crew of support vessels specialize in repairing ships quickly and providing benefits to other nearby allies – like putting out fires, repairing other ships to a greater extent than their own crews can and forcing enemies to get closer before they can attack.
 


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