With the likes of Shadow Tactics and Desperados III in their back catalogue, Mimimi Games are looking to more forward in the stealth strategy genre, unveiling Shadow Gambit: The Cursed Crew to the world. The question is, will you be embracing the supernatural powers that are found within?
Don’t get us wrong, but 2022 and 2023 look to be the years of the pirate-themed sailing games. Whilst Skull & Bones was obviously due to be the big draw – delayed again! – there have been a host of other titles working similar grounds. Tortuga – A Pirate’s Tale and Sail Forth being two of the most suitable, but then there have also been Ship Simulator and Ship Graveyard Simulator too.
But now we also have Shadow Gambit: The Cursed Crew from Mimimi Games – a game that gives us players the chance to sail the Lost Caribbean seas, to assemble a cursed pirate crew aboard a ghost ship with a living soul.
It’s due to release on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 and PC (Epic, Steam) later in 2023 as players get the opportunity to embrace supernatural powers to defy the menacing army of the Inquisition; they who stand between you and the mysterious treasure of the legendary Captain Mordechai.
It’s intriguing from the off, but Mimimi are promising to go further with this than any of their other games, moving the stealth strategy genre forward with magic, supernatural elements and more.
In their words, it’ll evolve the features you would normally expect to see, with all of the following ideas…
- We go full fantasy for the first time: In our previous games of this genre, player abilities and other gameplay mechanics were often limited by realistic settings. We have a fantasy setting with magic, talking ghost ships and cursed pirates with supernatural abilities now. This gives us a lot of freedom to design meaningful and crazy new mechanics or change existing ones.
- “Quicksave and quickload” as part of the world and narration: The quicksave and quickload mechanic was always a big part of our games. But this time, the fantasy setting of the game allows us to embed this mechanic into the world and narration of Shadow Gambit: The Cursed Crew. Your ghost ship, The Red Marley, grants you the power to manipulate time. Pause time to consider your strategic choices, queue up multiple character actions or capture a memory of every passing moment, to instantly return to if things go south. The characters will even react to you using this feature. And most importantly, it will play a big part in the main plot and overall narration – but we save this one for later.
- More player freedom in a more dynamic, immersive sandbox: Shadow Gambit: The Cursed Crew provides players with more freedom than ever before and allows for non-linear game progression in a more dynamic sandbox. Your ship acts as HUB, where you can plan your next adventures or just hang out with your crew. You can freely choose which mission to tackle or which island to set foot on next, once you have discovered them. You can select different entry and exit points before going ashore – as each island is a unique, hand-crafted sandbox, Moreover, you can freely select your crew members before embarking on each mission. Utilize their abilities in different ways, be stealthy or more head-on in your play style. Players can really carve their own path through the game while defining their playstyle with their own unique solutions.
For now you’ll do well to check out the trailers announcing Shadow Gambit: The Cursed Crew. You’ve got both a cinematic affair, as well as a first gameplay look.
Give them a watch and hold tight as we bring you further info in regards the release of Shadow Gambit: The Cursed Crew on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 and PC.