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We're happy to announce that today we're sailing out of Early Access today, July 6th. While we still plan on making improvements to the game and adding new things, we think it's time to bring in a few more mates.

In celebration of our Full Release Launch we're going to have a series of blue grey tournaments and competitions. These festivities will culminate in the opening of the first large island, Melanaster, for blockade on July 14th. We suggest you start recruiting mates and making plans in Parley.

To go with our celebration, we're making the following update to Dark Seas:
  • Final preparation for today's Dark Seas release.
  • Brigand Kings that have been scuttled will not attack islands that were previously blockaded by a Brigand King in the past 5 weeks.
  • Shoppes that have been shut down by the governor will now be destroyed after 14 days, rather than 30.
  • Adding a slider to the Voyage Configuration panel that allows reducing the number of swabbies that should be hired.
  • Bugfix for a situation where Brigand King expeditions could create a target vessel weak enough to trigger the Black Ship.

Along with the changes above, there have been quite a few changes during early access including the new War Galleon ship type and rewards for PvP. You can see all the changes here.

A hearty thanks for everyone who has sailed the Early Access seas and provided feedback. We've made a lot of changes based off of that feedback and hope to continue to do so in the future.

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Q: When is this happening?

Q: What can we do to help support the game in these critical stages?
A: I'm glad you asked! As you know, we're an incredibly small team these days. While we will be doing some advertising, word of mouth and positive reviews are extremely appreciated.
  • Continue to post your suggestions in our forums. That really is helpful and your suggestions are being read. In fact, many of the changes you've been seeing are a direct result of discussions we read in the Game Design forum.
  • Be sure you give our game a positive rating and recommend it to your friends. This is especially important with a game on Steam.
  • Be sure you like/subscribe/follow our Facebook and Twitter posts and channels. Thumbs up and share the trailer video.
  • Follow our Steam Developer Page.
  • Share posts or articles you see announcing Dark Seas.
  • Ask anyone who likes games to download the game next weekend and give it a shot. Seriously, with Steam it really does help to get warm bodies in there.
  • Most importantly, get in the game and play! Harrr!

Q: Are there going to be other island openings after Melanaster on the 14th?
A: Yes. We're currently planning to open other this summer. We will open them as competition demands and as we see how some changes affect blockades.
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