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Tortuga – A Pirate’s Tale announces January 2023 launch

Kalypso Media has revealed the release date for strategy game Tortuga - A Pirate's Tale.
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Tortuga – A Pirate’s Tale, the upcoming turn-based strategy game from developer Gaming Minds Studios, has officially revealed that it will release digitally on January 19th, 2023. It will be available on both generations of Xbox and PlayStation consoles, as well as the Epic Games Store. Today’s announcement included a trailer, so here’s the full tweet from publisher Kalypso Media:

Tortuga – A Pirate’s Tale should be an interesting indie for fans of classic tabletop games, where there are already plenty of pirate simulators. Gaming Minds Studios is a small team, and likely best known for the Port Royale series.

Tortuga feels like a simple continuation of those games, with the same art design and similar strategy mechanics. It doesn’t necessarily look like any true gameplay elaboration has been made for Tortuga, which is likely banking on the title’s reference to the hit Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

Still, there are some promising mechanics for those who are fans of this setting. There are traditional gameplay cycles like raiding, upgrading, and naval battles. But acknowledging and participating with your crew will be a fun little system.

And even though the graphics probably won’t turn any heads, it’s surprising to find that Tortuga will launch on next-gen consoles. That could make it one of the few turn-based strategy games for next-gen players, and opens it up to lots of features that could improve the game compared to Port Royale.

Publisher Kalypso Media is best known for their Tropico management sim series, but have already spent lots of time collaborating with Gaming Minds Studios. So, it’s hard to expect anything particularly fresh. But there’s certainly an audience for this genre, style, and cozy tone. The devs also released a new trailer today about ship customization:

You can read more about Tortuga – A Pirate’s Tale, Kalypso Media, and other upcoming indie games by checking out the rest of our news section!

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