Gunpowder Games have officially commenced their Steam Early Access launch of Maelstrom, a competitive naval action game with a dark fantasy theme bringing a unique spin on the battle royale genre.

Customize one of nine distinct ships, pick a captain and crew, then set sail in search of battle and plunder! Only one ship will survive and remain afloat by the end of a match – will it be yours? Be careful… monsters lurk in these waters and you don’t want to end up as fish food!

Maelstrom is available now for $17.99, a 10 percent launch discount off of the base $19.99 price tag.  Early Access is planned to conclude and transition to full launch sometime later this year and with it will come a number of new features and improvements.