The gameplay will be similar in style to Akella's Storm Engine-based games that we are known for modifying, but we intend to take it further and offer more freedom, immersion and authenticity. The player will assume the role of a captain and have full command of their crew, being able to delegate tasks and give orders in the heat of battle. Dynamic hand-to-hand combat will make boarding enemy ships and capturing forts a fast paced, hectic experience. Whether you want to enlist in a navy, lead an honest merchant life, or resort to piracy, Hearts of Oak will offer many hours of gameplay.
Using the power of Unity, and the knowledge and talent of our artists, the game will deliver stunning visuals worthy of tomorrow's PC hardware. You'll be able to explore a vast open world filled with highly detailed locations, ships and characters.
We are a team of volunteers, and due to the scale of this project, the game will take many months to develop. We will be releasing tech demos, alpha and beta versions over the coming months, but please be patient and have faith in our dev team. This is our dream game concept, and we are determined to make it a reality!
We're looking for talented, enthusiastic people to help us make this game a reality.
For a list of our current vacancies, and for information on how to join the team, visit our Development Roles page.
Please note that we are NOT offering payment!
If you are unable to join our team, you can still help by spreading the word! If you know anyone with the skills we need, please do point them in our direction.
Now that we've settled into a fairly regular release schedule for Hearts of Oak, player feedback is becoming more and more important. To keep up with the frequent releases, we need more people to thoroughly test the game.
As such, we're looking to set up a dedicated QA team to aid in the development process. If you'd like to help the team but you're not a skilled programmer or artist, this is an ideal way to get involved!
Check out the following FAQ for all the details on how to join the team and what will be expected of you.
To join our QA team, all you need is:
Prior experience as a QA tester is not required.
We will expect each tester to fulfil these responsibilities:
Of course! As a QA tester, you'll be eligible for the following:
The game will be free to everyone, so yes, you'll get a free copy too!
No. As with the rest of the team, we don't offer payment, so we're looking for volunteers only.
We don't currently enforce a strict NDA policy, but we may ask you not to share specific details if there's a good reason for it. Additionally, we ask you not to redistribute internal builds of the game until we officially release them to the public.
The same rules apply to you as the rest of the team, so be sure to read our Team Policies for the key points to bear in mind.
Please head over to our Recruitment forum to introduce yourself and apply to be a QA tester.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
As always, we greatly appreciate your help! Stay tuned for more updates on new releases soon.
Don't know what the Hearts of Oak project is? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
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