Sail and Sacrifice

Gameplay Mechanics

In this single player open-world adventure game, experience the life of an 18th century pirate, making decisions that impact the rich, dynamic world. Explore the islands, amass a crew, sail the seas, 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.

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.

Environment Design

Our professional environment designer, George Hulm, helped us develop beautiful and optimized visual techniques for Archipelago to improve the lighting, nature, and visual effects. Much of our foliage and landscape materials are procedurally placed, so we can use our time to design the important things.

We carefully craft each part of our world to provide a unique and memorable gameplay experience. Each corner of the world should feel interesting to explore with new challenges at every location. The tribe and pirate specific architecture placed around the mountains and shorelines will be filled with life, history, and opportunity.

Narrative Design

Robert Warden, a notorious pirate captain

Jacobo Alonso Burg├ęs, a wealthy Spanish pirate hunter

Kalinago Origins, the natives of the Archipelago


Original Soundtrack

We care about how Sail and Sacrifice sounds. Not only will the ambience be filled with sounds of nature, waves, and cannons, but with a full original soundtrack. Our composer, Robert Mai, composed various styles of music for each tribe and pirate faction, drawing attention to the cultures of each region. Our dynamic soundtrack also seamlessly adjusts music style depending on the pace of gameplay. At different times, feel inspired, haunted, energized, and relaxed.

CAGE Studios took a trip to a music studio Fall 2017 to record pirate shanties, including original shanties as well as some of the classics. These shanties will replace the orchestral music while the player sails the high seas.

Unreal Engine 4

Powerful Technology

We use the Unreal Engine 4 game engine to build Archipelago. Thanks to its high quality graphics, AAA-software, and large community, we are able to create an immersive world for the player to freely roam, battle, and conquer. The terrain, foliage, day/night cycles, and lighting all contribute to the atmosphere of the vast world.

Unreal Engine powers hundreds of games, simulations, films, and visualizations with a large community of developers to assist with any hurdles.

We intend to release our game on PC and Mac and make it available through Steam for digital distribution.

Kickstarter Campaign

Supportive Community

Our wonderful fans on Kickstarter successfully crowdfunded enough to make Sail and Sacrifice (formerly Archipelago: A Pirate's Tale) possible. In just one month, we raised $7000 that has paid for our environment designer, soundtrack composer, and countless other valuable assets needed to bring this game to life.

Our supportive community provides valuable feedback as we release each version to guide us to produce more enjoyable content. We continue to post updates on our Kickstarter page, so check it out if you're eager for more. Enjoy our Kickstarter trailer video here (yes, a lot has improved since then).