Zen Studios continues its biggest year in company history with the announcement of Dread Nautical, exclusively available through Apple Arcade when the service launches in fall 2019.Dread Nautical is a tactical turn-based RPG with roguelike elements that combines immersive strategic gameplay with a cartoonish and eerie tone.
In Dread Nautical, supernatural forces have overwhelmed a cruise liner known as the Hope with mysterious malevolent monstrosities set to wipe out anything in their path. After players have chosen to play as one of four unique characters, they’ll use intuitive touchscreen controls to traverse the 20 randomly generated decks of the ship, seeking food and other supplies.
Giving us major Ghost Ship and Poseidon vibes, Dread Nautical will have players encounter 13 other colorful survivors who will react to the player based on how they’re interacted with. Will they help you fight? Will they run? You’ll have to play to find out. If they do choose to come with you, properly planning which companions to bring, how they attack, and what to upgrade are the keys to escaping this “vacation” alive.
“Earlier this year, Operencia: The Stolen Sun spoke to Zen Studios’ commitment to creating top-tier indie titles with the polish of triple-A releases, just as the Pinball FX series has for over a decade—and this momentum is only growing with Dread Nautical,” says Mel Kirk, Vice President of Publishing. “At the same time, we’re incredibly excited to be one of the first games released for Apple Arcade. Apple has truly honored us with this opportunity, and we take it as a great compliment to the game’s quality that it is among the first wave of new titles for the service.”
Dread Nautical is playable across all Apple Arcade compatible devices including iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV, including offline play.