Blackreef Pirates is a single player third-person P-RPG (Pirate Role Playing Goodness) developed by indie studio Subvert Games, focusing on a great storyline, deep tactical combat and lots of islands to discover and explore in a lively and fascinating fantasy universe.

Gather a crew to lead, develop your characters and set sail in a world where your choices really matter.

Current features

  • Unique and memorable non player characters that remember you and your actions.
  • Complex yet immediate dialogue and interaction system.
  • Fight alone or with your entire party for more tactical combat with a combination of melee, ranged and vodoo attacks.
  • Optional combat AI: select a combat style for your companions or give them direct choose.
  • Plenty of loot to use or equip.
  • Extensive ability tree
  • Arena mini-game with duels and tournaments.
  • Cloud savegames: play from desktop or mobile

Planned features

  • Trade
  • Resource harvesting
  • Craft
  • Naval battles

Supported platforms

  • PC, Mac, Linux with keyboard&mouse and console controller
  • iPad, Android tablets with touch controls.

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2 years ago News 2 comments


Another step in my "world conquest" plan: after Italy and Germany, it's the time for UK! I moved in Leeds and after one week I'm already in love with the city. I really want to thank the strong wind, rain and snow for making one the most awful and unpleasant trip of my life. Aside from that, I'm still alive and ready to start working on games again...but what is really happened in the last months?

What happened to Blackreef?!

Let's start with Blackreef Pirates: you know, it's my main project and I started it almost 2 years ago and from day one I worked non stop on it, including most weekends. It's a huge project and too many times I've been close to burnout so I decided to take a needed break from it. That was the right time to explore new ideas and develop some quick game prototypes in a more relaxed and stress-free way. One of these prototypes quickly emerged as fun and Marco (the main artist of Blackreef Pirates) jumped too on this new little project.

A new project?

Today it's been 5 months since the start of this (still unnamed) project and we're really proud to show you a little teaser screenshot of it.

Unnamed project preview!

Yes, before you ask, it's a platformer game heavily inspired by Super Meat Boy and Portal with a very arcade feel. We had a lot of fun building a game that is 100% gameplay and because we already received some feedback from friends and close collaborators, why not letting you try the game before is completed?

It's closed beta time!

This new project is not finished yet, but we're looking forward to a closed beta release before the end of February. If you're interested in taking an active part in this beta testing just create yourself an account in the forum and send us an email at including your forum username and a short description about you.

Note: There are only 100 beta slots available in a "first come, first served" way, so don't wait if you're interested :)

Is it Blackreef Project dead?

Far from it! :D

With this new Unnamed Project nearing completion I started working again on Blackreef code and, I must admit, it's even better with some new tricks I learned during the development of the side-project. Working on a different project also helped me realise what is really missing in Blackreef: GAMEPLAY! We have all the systems in place, a really good way to explore the world and interact with NPC but we made some serious mistakes: the combat system is lacking depth and we need a faster way to create all the art assets and the story.

Oh, it's tea time! I'll keep you posted about our Unnamed and Blackreef projects next week ;-)

Gaming on Linux?!

Gaming on Linux?!

3 years ago News 3 comments

Blackreef Pirates on Linux platform too?! Yes please! :D

[Blackreef Pirates] Quick update and...Ludum Dare!

[Blackreef Pirates] Quick update and...Ludum Dare!

3 years ago News 1 comment

Ludum Dare 24 is coming! Let's prepare for the first time to this epic indie battle :)

[Blackreef Pirates] Dialogues, objects and guns

[Blackreef Pirates] Dialogues, objects and guns

3 years ago News 6 comments

Update #62: this time we talk about dialogue system changes, interaction with objects and gun weapon handling during combat. Enjoy :)

[Blackreef Pirates] Fort city video showcase

[Blackreef Pirates] Fort city video showcase

3 years ago News 4 comments

Here's a new video showcasing the fort city progress

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Reusistic Mar 2 2013 says:

This looks really good! Keep up the development! :)

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Dotdroid Feb 5 2013 says:

Loving the new updates still looking good Cominu

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Remedius Jan 26 2013 says:

I hope this game is not dead... there is no news for months. =/

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cominu Creator
cominu Feb 1 2013 replied:

And we're back :D

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Remedius Feb 2 2013 replied:

Cool ! :D Thank you, and good luck for the development. Do not be discouraged !

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DeductionKing Aug 19 2012 says:

Wow i want this! Is this also on Android it says it but i want to make sure?

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cominu Creator
cominu Aug 19 2012 replied:

The game is already working on android tablets too, so yes! :)

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skeletonlord Aug 7 2012 says:


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L()KI Jul 20 2012 says:

Unity pro ey, with fancy real time shadows and what not. Looking good man.

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TheOtherBrothers Jul 19 2012 says:

Have had my eye on your little pirate project since the beginning Cominu! You've made some amazing progress and it's really looking awesome.

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