Today we would like to present you a project that will let fans of Sea Dogs play absolutely new and modern game, the goal of which is to continue the legendary series about pirates.
The idea of developing this project came up after talking with Yuri Ursus Rogach, a person who, since Pirates of the Caribbean, was actively involved in development of those games and was an art director of suspended Sea Dogs 4.
When I asked him whether he believes in the sequel of Sea Dogs – he said the probability is no more than 3%. And here are the reasons:
- Niche of the product and lack of fan base;
- The need of making 3 games in one – RPG, sailboats and map mode;
- Bankruptcy of the series creators;
- The necessity of big investments with no guarantee of profit;
- Lack of proactive development team.
After the interview we solved each problem separately and concluded that there is a way, not how Akella tried to complete development of Sea Dogs 4 or how Black Sun tried to make their own Black Mark.
All project participants agreed that: “good game should be developed for long and expensively”. Nobody wants to sponsor such a project. We think that there is another way.
We decided to break this task down into 3 components: land, sea and open world, and without doing everything at the same time, implementing everything sequentially.
Players should wait a game for years, looking at art and fake trailers. That’s why today we present a project that will be available to players in 2021, the team of which is doing all possible to continue the legendary pirate series. This project will be called Corsairs Legacy.
- In 2021 we will release the first game, which will take the best out of RPG and will let people play with a new engine, modern graphics and updated mechanics.
- In 2022 we will release the second game, which will consist of land mode RPG and ship battles.
- In 2023 we will release the third game with open world.
We’re not opening a crowdfunding campaign for funding the development and we don’t search for investors that would drop us bags of money to create a big and great project. We will be developing the game out of our own pocket, using money from our current projects. Our budget is very limited and we plan to rationally prioritize our tasks and goals.
We’re not making dozens of arts or fake trailers, every dollar will be put into development of the game. We plan to communicate with press, fans, and once in 2 weeks we will post development progress on the official Corsairs Legacy YouTube channel. You should definitely subscribe and turn on notifications, so you won’t miss any news about the project.
We won’t necessarily make AAA game. I hope the first game will be at least a quality AA, but we will develop this project and release it to Steam by the end of 2021, and we will continue to improve it with the help of the community. We made a page on Steam, so you can learn about it and add the game to your wishlist.
After the release, our team will be working with feedback from players, releasing one patch each month with improvements and bug fixes.
We announced as soon as we gathered the full team, implemented all base mechanics of RPG and got good graphics for the alpha version of the game.
Now you can see what we achieved to this day. To the left is the latest patched version of Sea Dogs: To Each His Own, to the right - Corsairs Legacy.
New game is being developed in Unity engine. A lot of improvements are ahead, but we can already see the difference.
During the past six months I talked to a lot of famous developers of Sea Dogs series, mod developers, developers of other projects related to the game. We gained experience, learned features of the series, strong and weak aspects, to take into consideration for our Corsairs. On our Russian YouTube channel you can find the full collection of videos and interviews about the Sea Dogs series (they will also be available on the official Corsairs Legacy YouTube channel in English voice over) , and we will be making more videos about our favorite game in the future. While analyzing a similar project, we stumbled upon Under Black Flag. At the beginning of this year the team joined our project. Now we are developing Corsairs Legacy together.
For now, given the need to compromise, we decided to sacrifice uniqueness of characters and we bought some 3D models.
Currently we have 32 of them. If there are people among fans who are willing to help the project with 3D modelling unique characters – let us know using the form on the game's official website. If there are people who have professional experience in gamedev and would like to contribute to the project – contact us. If you draw well – you have a chance to see your art on the loading screen in the game.
Today we’re opening official website for the game: CorsairsLegacy.com
For the fans of games about pirates, we made a small surprise – a Battleship game on the site with multiplayer and singleplayer campaign, the goal is to capture archipelago and to found pirate republic.
Today we launched Telegram bot, using which you can register on the site, and conveniently get all info about development of the game.
Also, using this bot you can apply for beta testing.
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In the separate video is a game teaser, and within the next few days we will post a new video about comparison between Sea Dogs and Corsairs Legacy graphics. In a week, we will post another video about battleship, and in two weeks – our first devlog.
We will keep posting interesting content from the Sea Dogs world and other pirate games.
A video version of this devlog is available on YouTube by link.