Yarr! It’s time to set sail on the high seas again, you old scallywag! Mop the decks and man the cannons, as you look to your captain for direction in the upcoming battle. Because Crooked Waters is finally coming to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive players in Early Access this week, after months of waiting for this game to hit our shores. Craft Game Studio was set to release this title back in April but the online game was unfortunately delayed without explanation. However, it seems they’re now ready to set sail on Crooked Waters this week.
Crooked Waters lets you team up with three other pirates – ahem, seafaring adventurers – in 4 v 4 PVP multiplayer duels on the seas. Starting out, you’ll find yourself in the tavern lobby, where you can meet up with or find your fellow crewmates and plan your strategy for the naval battles to come.
Right now, there’s no option for solo play in Crooked Waters, though that might change in the future. “At the moment there is no single player game mode, however we recognize this as an issue and keep this in mind while developing the game. For example we keep match times as short as possible and you don’t need a full team to start a match. We are looking at the possibilities for solo gameplay. This might take form in tutorials/practice modes or even PVE,” the Craft Game Studio website says.
So for now, you will have to keep up a cheery demeanor and play nice with your fellow pirates. At least, that is, until you join up with another crew and face the old ones in battle. Cooperation will be very important in Crooked Waters as each member of the crew will have a role to fulfill. There’s the “helmsman” (meaning the captain naturally), the scout atop the lookout, the cannoneers, and someone has to adjust those sails too of course. Which means if you want to become the most feared pirate in Crooked Waters then you’re going to have to make sure your team works together to get that ship going in the right direction and keep it in tip-top fighting shape.
Check out the gameplay trailer below:
The studio has also added a variety of locomotion options in order to get players going. These include smooth or ‘free’ locomotion, arm swinging, and snap turning. For those with big enough spaces, the game will also support full room-scale so you can walk around your ship like a real pirate should. There’s also a climbing mechanic for those of the crew who need to adjust the sails for optimal wind and the lookout who needs to make sure that there aren’t any nasty surprises on the horizon.
Crooked Waters is set to release in Early Access for both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on Steam on July 13th. Windows Mixed Reality support has not been made official yet but it looks like that might change in the future.