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  • Maelstrom

Grim fantasy combined with thunderous naval combat in a vibrant, monster-saturated world! Captain an Orc, Dwarf or Human warship and sail the turbulent Abyssal Ocean to play online multiplayer, in free-for-all or fleet based matches.

The goal is to: Plunder as much gold as possible while outwitting and outgunning all others and be the last ship sailing.

  • Be ruthless! Sink other players ships, take their loot and collect their bounty!
  • Be greedy! Maps are littered with floating treasure chests and ships loaded with gold.
  • Be cunning! As the match progresses hungry sea monsters become more aggressive and encroach the safe waters ships can sail in. Ships sailing in 'Dead Waters' for too long end up as monster chow!
  • Be unsinkable! At the end of a match ships can be upgraded and customized with captains, cannons, armor, mates and more!


Cannons are the heart of combat in Maelstrom. Cannonballs are physics controlled, with a significant firing arc and hang time, meaning prediction and good aim are necessary to deal damage effectively. On the receiving end, players with good reactions and anticipation coupled with a nimble ship can dodge incoming fire.


Enemy ships can be rammed, grappled and boarded! A clever captain at sea will become a wealthy captain on land.

Skillfully maneuver yourself through the swelling sea and prepare your ship for ramming. The faster the ship is moving the more devastating the collision will be on impact!

Looking for a friendlier approach? Hold both ships in place while crews fight it out. Grapples will be cut eventually, so boarding actions only last a short time. If one crew manages to kill all of the opposing crew, they will set fire to the enemy ship, sending it to the depths!


Each ship has armor on all four sides. The armor sections serve as additional defense toward damage to that side and must be destroyed before the ship's hull can be damaged. Maneuvering to keep your armor between you and your enemy is vital to staying afloat - and seeking the enemy's damaged sides will make you much more lethal in combat!
Every cannon has access to three kinds of ammunition and can swap during combat to suit the situation. Ammo is unlimited.

  • Iron shot blasts chunks out of ship armor and hull.
  • Chain shot is used to shred enemy sails and cripple a ship’s speed.
  • Grapeshot slaughters enemy crew and makes ships easier to board.


Like the ocean they reside in, sea monsters are titanic forces of nature. They stalk unwary captains and can devour a ship whole. Like this Murkwater Thrasher.

Each ship in Maelstrom is a characterwith a colorful history and unique weaponry as well as strengths and weaknesses such as speed, firepower, crew, and toughness. There are many unique ships available for players to unlock and explore.


Ashborne has incredibly punishing broadsides and wields spell-infused incendiary ammo, unique to her, which ignites enemy ships!


The well designed ships of mankind's Phoenix Empire are the fastest afloat. Each ship is armed with a large number of the most modern cannons available, giving them unmatched range and broadside firepower.

  • Great speed
  • Powerful broadsides
  • Great range


The shark-driven ships of the orcs are incredibly maneuverable, and have a large number of forward-facing cannons making them deadly on the pursuit. The orcs themselves are ferocious fighters, unmatched in combat during boarding actions.

  • Lethal boarding
  • Great ramming
  • Formidable agility


Dwarves disdain brittle wood and flimsy sail, instead forging steel armored steamships. Dwarven ships can withstand far more punishment than the ships of other races and are armed with massive giant cannons on all sides. Though not the most nimble, all Dwarf ships can switch gears and sail in reverse.

  • Tough armor
  • Omnidirectional cannons
  • Ships can reverse

No additional purchases are needed to enjoy the game to the fullest extent. In other words there are no loot boxes, microtransactions, or anything of the sort. Future content will be added in optional DLC packs or released to the community free of charge. Our goal is to keep the game healthy and the community satisfied.

We promise to get Maelstrom into your hands in a fully playable and fun state and to keep the game healthy; to provide transparency and insight into decisions made about Maelstrom at all levels both vast and granular. To listen and react to what the players want.. Most importantly, to honor the faith and trust you've placed in us by purchasing the game. Sink ya soon!

General Undertow can now appear as a bot AI blinded by Blinding Fog will hold fire Goblin Raider and Armor Galleon now drops their boon immediately upon death instead of with a random delay of up to 1s. Windcatcher Skiff already did this. When quitting Gauntlet mode early, score screen will now display Using Greavus' ability should not traps yourself Grinner and Morte's Critical Damage Resistance now calculates correctly Grinner's Critical Chance now calculates correctly Ledd's Ramming Resistanc...


- Corrected an issue where the Quest screen would not show the latest progress in some cases - Improved hit detection on Barrier of Bone's projectile - Corrected an issue where Fame points were not properly given for the 2000-2499 bracket - Corrected some names of mates


- Increased chest rewards by 33% and adjusted the weighting to favor loyalty items more - All Chests now have a chance to drop Gunpowder - Corrected an issue with Merridan's Harrowing Arrival dealing more damage than intended - Bone Wall's projectile damage no longer ignores Armor - Corrected an issue with Anvil's Seeker protocol where the seeking accelerated to an extreme speed - Ledd's Reflection Array now reflects cannon damage to the attacker (instead of all damage) - Siphon ability now prop...


Undertow was birthed from the befouled soil of a cursed cemetery. Angry spirits that haunt the ship coalesce into poltergeists & lash out at anything nearby; tormented souls incapable of rest while at sea. Siphon: Cannon damage dealt by Undead ships repair their armor slightly Soul Tempest: When sinking a ship, gain a slow moving ghost that sails around the ship. If the ghost collides with an enemy, they take damage. Cursed Cannons: When this ship deals cannon damage, the enemy cannons of the qu...


Made the following adjustments in an attempt to reduce overall difficulty at the low end, particularly for solo runs. The specific adjustments made should not have much impact difficulty at the higher difficulty choices with larger groups. Reduced the difficulty increase based on completed encounters Slightly reduced the difficulty increase based on the number of players Slightly increased the difficulty increased based on the Power Rating of players Corrected an issue with Dwarf in Distress spa...





  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or later
  • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 2.5 GHz or faster
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 470 GTX or AMD Radeon 6870 HD series card or higher
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 7 GB available space
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