There was once a man from Nantucket/Who hunted whales in a bucket/He got together a crew/Because that’s what you do/And ended up giving the beast the flu — er, I tried, okay? Don’t judge me. Nantucket [official site] is a name you may recognize from our PC Games Of 2015: Those Wot Could Conceivably Be Good. It’s about Ishmael and Moby Dick and the golden era of American Whaling and and — check out the first gameplay trailer while I catch my breath.
Currently in pre-alpha, Nantucket will, if all goes well, have you meandering through the seven seas in pursuit of fame, fortune, and dead whale bits. You’ll have the opportunity to be the captain you want to be, which seems to translate to levelling your character up and putting together a shipshape crew. Given that this is a game about whaling, it looks like you’ll also be discovering new whaling areas, lowering your whaleboats, and fighting “them” for precious blubber. (Who is the mysterious ‘them?’ No clue. We’ll let you know when we find out, though.)
Before anyone goes up in arms over the game, developers Picaresque Studio have made it rather amply clear that Nantucket was born out of a love for history and great literature, as opposed to a fondness for whaling. The game is currently on Steam Greenlight, where it is slowly accumulating eyeballs and curious comments. Nantucket will most likely pop into the waters of actual release sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.