20,000 Leagues Above The Clouds, The Indie Game With Sky Pirates
So have you always dreamed of being a pirate? Perhaps, you wanted to be a sky pirate? Well, small Swedish indie studio That Brain, comprised of Bjorn Albihn, Jonatan Crafoord and Ville Ericsson, are here to fulfill your dreams with their latest project 20,000 Leagues Above The Clouds, or simply 20,000 Above.
The game is set in a steampunk world of floating islands, far up in the sky, where you are the captain of an airship, with a crew who are making a voyage across the limitless “seven skies”. Success is obtained through taking on missions, collecting resources and general piracy, as you would imagine. When you play through the game you’ll encounter various skyports where you can gather supplies and upgrade your ship. The game takes much influence visually from the work of Studio Ghibli, known for such films as My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away. That Brain describe the game as “Baldur’s Gate meets Pirates!” with steampunk airships.
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The cast of characters you will meet along the way will be rather shady, but will present their life stories to you. In the end, an array of characters may join you on your journey. The more people you talk to, the more you learn about the airborne islands and the world around you. The actions you take in this world will to an extent define your own character, meaning you can be a fearsome pirate king or a jovial drunk. That Brain promises that the game will have simple click-to-move controls, with a number of additional abilities for your ship and crew.
The game will be made available for PC and Mac, with tablets like the iPad being considered options later down the line. At the moment, That Brain are focusing on creating a fun singleplayer experience, with multiplayer options being a possibility. In the meantime, if you are interested in supporting That Brain and the game, you can head over to their website, and sign up for the 20, 000 Above beta. The game has no definite release date as of yet.