The ocean offers a form of escape that no other environment on Earth can provide. Whether it’s freedom from the constraints of daily life, some much needed relaxation, or a trip into international waters to escape the laws of society (I don’t know if that’s actually a thing). Seasteader aims to channel those freedoms. Seasteader is a sandbox city building and management strategy game where you are responsible for building a community at sea, freed from the shackles of bureaucracy and tyranny. That is unless you wish to impose strict control over your community. How much freedom you want to give the people is completely in your hands.
The setting of Seasteader is the vast open ocean. You’ll set up production chains to sell goods to the global market while looking after the needs of all the citizens of your floating metropolis. There is no set way to win the game. You can work with production chains and prioritise needs in whichever order you desire, for a unique playthrough every time.
Seasteader is currently campaigning via Kickstarter where the developer Cosy Goat is seeking £10,000. Contributing £15 will get you a copy of the game for PC, Mac or Linux. You can also vote for Seasteader on Steam Greenlight right here.
Cosy Goat is a two-member team based in Devon, England. They have been working on Seasteader for two years and have an estimated release of May 2017. You can find out more and support the Kickstarter here.
Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane