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Amass a crew, explore the islands, and uncover the secrets of The Archipelago.
Amass a crew, explore the islands, and uncover the secrets of The Archipelago.
Amass a crew, explore the islands, and uncover the secrets of The Archipelago.
113 backers pledged $7,000 to help bring this project to life.

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Archipelago: A Pirate's Tale

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Archipelago: A Pirate's Tale

In this single player open-world adventure game, experience the life of an 18th century pirate and make decisions that will impact our rich and dynamic world! Explore the islands, uncover the feuds between captains and natives, amass a crew, and make a name for yourself in The Archipelago. You will be the captain of your own pirate fantasy.

Make decisions that shape the world and the way people behave. Become friends or foes with extremely dynamic characters and factions scattered across the many islands. Be a captain to be feared or loved by taking prisoners or having captives walk the plank.

Fight battles on land and at sea. Fire your cannons, use a harpoon to reel in the enemy ship, and board it for loot and a bigger crew. Lead skirmishes by mastering your dodge and parry skills in an intuitive combat system. Opponents will have varied weapons, attack styles, and patterns to keep players on their toes at all times.

Manage your ship and crew alongside your chosen first mate. Decide the share for each of your crew members, have them follow you into battle, and deal with those that disobey orders. Respect your crew or risk them starting a mutiny.

Upgrade your arsenal with different weapon types for you and your crew that transform the flow of combat. Improve your ship to travel faster, fire more cannons, and hold a bigger crew.

Uncover secrets of The Archipelago through its narrative-driven gameplay. Learn about the ancient beliefs and traditions behind The Archipelago and the rivalry between pirate captains.

Visit the FAQ section to get more details on the game's mechanics.

Unreal Engine 4

Unreal Engine 4 is the game engine we are using to build Archipelago. Thanks to its powerful graphics capabilities and world-building features we are able to create an immersive world for the player to roam freely, battle, and conquer. We intend to release our game on PC and Mac through Steam for digital distribution.

 

Our World

We're creating a world with its own unique history, civilizations and conflicts. This single player experience will be filled to the brim with backstory to bring context to the feuds between pirates, privateers, and natives. Explore the islands and converse with characters to delve deeper into the cultures and deities spread across The Archipelago.

Our extensive backstory covers the history of the Kalinago tribes, how pirates came to inhabit the land, and fantastical mysteries for the player to uncover. Here's a taste of the Kalinago history:

Hundreds of years ago, many Kalinago were lost at sea while fleeing from the Spanish. They shipwrecked in The Archipelago where they began to prosper thanks to Arkanaguno, the volcano god, who provided them with soil.

A century later, glaciers formed and the prosperity of the islands was ravaged by frost. Many natives began worshipping Solwe, the sun god, in place of Arkanaguno, believing he was angered by their abandonment of him for the volcano god. Thus, the Kalinago religion fractured into two separate sects.

Once the glaciers melted, ocean storms began to regularly destroy the prosperous ecosystem. Once again, theistic debate arose over the origin of these acts, and some Kalinago began to deify Buwanu, the moon god.

While the shamans of each sect disagree on which god should be worshipped by the Kalinago, they all share one universal truth: that life is cyclical. The circle of life remains an essential aspect of each of these three faiths.

***All Co-Producers and Pirate Fandoms will also receive the Exclusive Kickstarter Content in their final game copies. Co-Producers will also get the Soundtrack of Archipelago***

Duckfoot Pistol, part of the Exclusive Kickstarter DLC
Duckfoot Pistol, part of the Exclusive Kickstarter DLC

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Timeline

We expect the final version of the game to be completed for digital distribution to all of our game copy backers by April 2018, but if you pitch in a little extra, you will get access to earlier versions of the game! The final copy will have a full storyline along with all of the gameplay, graphics, and goal features that you help us include.

The Alpha is the first public release of our game, provided to anyone claiming the Quartermaster reward or higher. It is expected to be released in November 2017, featuring a portion of the narrative and world available for exploration with all of the gameplay mechanics in place.

The Beta, provided to anyone claiming the First Mate reward or higher, is expected to be released in January 2018. The Beta will include more of the storyline, along with the entire world to explore, only missing the final features and story conclusion.

Our Alpha and Beta backers can help us improve the game by providing constructive feedback and suggestions.

Goals and Features

We are dedicated to building the best experience possible for our community, but can only guarantee features based on goals that are met.

Below, we have prepared a list of features we intend to deliver as a result of the goals we reach. These features can change based on supporter feedback, so be sure to leave a comment with what you're most excited for!

Cost Distribution

We want to clarify that any money we raise from the Kickstarter will go directly into making this project happen. We depend on your support to make this game the best it can be!

The bulk of the funding will go towards development and asset creation to bring you the features listed above. Below is a breakdown of how we'll use the funds:

Contact

With your help, we plan to bring you an incredibly immersive pirate adventure. Feel free to leave your feedback, questions, and suggestions in the comments! Click here to check out our website and click the image below to visit our Facebook page. Thanks for your time and support!

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Risks and challenges

While this is CAGE Studios' first official release, we have been making games for our entire lives and have logistically prepared for any setbacks that may occur during the game's development. We are confident that we can deliver on all features within our budget, and if any delays occur, we will be transparent and prompt with our communication.

Most of our gameplay mechanics and world design are already completed, but we need your help to realize all of the final additions that will make it a truly spectacular, polished, and fun experience.

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    Captain's Crew

    Get copies of the final game for yourself and three friends! Plus one copy of the beta and alpha when they are available.

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    Pirate Fandom

    Get in direct contact with the creators via Skype to chat about the game and keep up to date on developement progress!
    Also, get copies of the final game with exclusive Kickstarter content (Duckfoot Pistol, Customized Sail Color) for yourself and three friends! Plus one copy of the beta and alpha when they are available.

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    Co-Producer

    As co-producer, you can get as involved as you'd like! Meet online with the developers, design a character in the game, and have your name in the credits. Plus get everything listed in the Captain's Crew reward.

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Funding period

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