GC 2008: Captain Blood First Look

1C is bringing high-seas adventure to your Xbox 360, and we've got an updated look.

If you enjoyed Sid Meier's Pirates but are looking for something a bit more action-oriented, 1C's upcoming Captain Blood might be for you. The SeaWolf-developed action game will follow the exploits of the famous seafarer and soldier Captain Blood (himself based on the novels of Rafael Sabatini, published in the 1920s and 1930s). 1C gave us a brief demo of this attractive-looking game today at the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany.

Our first thought when watching Captain Blood in action was "God of War on the high seas." After all, the Captain Blood in the video game is not the coiffed dandy from the books, but a heavily muscled, ponytail-sporting brute who looks like he's more at home in a bar fight than rigging a topsail. The developers behind the game make no apologies for its hack-and-slash nature, and they cite THQ's recent action adventure game Conan as an influence.

The influence is obvious from the get-go, with plenty of fighting shown off during the demo. What sets Captain Blood apart in combat is the appearance of his partner, Jeremy Pitt. Shorter and lankier than the captain, Pitt is an agile fighter who's quicker on the draw but doesn't pack as mean a punch as the main character. In the demo, Pitt was controlled by the AI, but we do know that at certain times you'll switch between controlling Captain Blood and Pitt. Though cooperative play seems like a natural for this game, with a player each as the Captain and his sidekick, developers told us that the multiplayer options are still being considered.

Our demo of Captain Blood was shorter than expected, thanks to an untimely crash in the preview code that was being used. However, it does seem that the game will include sea-combat missions in which you'll be able to take the wheel of your ship and battle it out against your enemies, earning new upgrades for your ship with each victory.

Despite an artificially short demo, we saw enough of Captain Blood to intrigue us for more. We look forward to getting our hands on the game ahead of its release sometime in 2009. Look for more on the game in the coming months.

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14 comments
McLarty
McLarty

I do hope this game is a success. It does look a bit much on the button bashing side of combat. but you never no....

Djdiddles77
Djdiddles77

Sounds like an awesome idea (not many pirate games) but we'll have to see where they take it!! Would love to see it co-op!

robmephisto
robmephisto

It's a wait and see, this one. Potentially very awesome, but will have to see what the developer does with it. Will get bonus points if it has co-op.

ronnoc10
ronnoc10

Ha Ha, crash in the preview. I will likely get the game tho.

kevo25
kevo25

sounds interesting

Kynan1988
Kynan1988

i think it looks alot like something lionhead studios would make the graphics especially which isn't a bad thing

ddlkll
ddlkll

This preview don't make you want the game...I makes you want it less. I'm not sure about this...looks like it could be fun but really boring as well.

Alex_09
Alex_09

Alright, even though I love Conan, Im still unsure about this, but I wanted it to be violent and gruesome and it seems that it will be.

Lord_Daemon
Lord_Daemon

Although I am rather intrigued and excited at the prospect of an action-oriented pirate game, I must admit I'm somewhat disappointed at the apparent lack of female pirate sexiness.

Indulge
Indulge

Wow I watched the gameplay footage... total god of war clone.