The Great Whale Road Disembarks On Early Access

Vikings ho! The Great Whale Road [official site] has just launched on Steam Early Access. It’s Sunburned Games’ first project–a seafaring RPG based on Danish legend, in which you help a host of beardy warriors prepare for the impending winter months.

The game employs turn-based tactical mechanics with some cards thrown into the mix. The Great Whale Road is divided into two seasons. The chilly winter months have you hunkered down in your hall sipping mead and preparing for the glorious summer months ahead. Once warm weather arrives, the seafaring portion of the game begins, where you’ll visit neighboring settlements and battle your foes. Each year presents its own mission, on top of all of the hunting, gathering, and pillaging you’ll have to do to keep your own village well fed.

The Great Whale Road is £10.99/14,99€/$14.99 on Steam Early Access.

So far players have access to one settlement, although you’ll be able to choose which warband to lead when the game is in full release. The current version features the Danish, but will eventually also include the Northumbrians, Picts, and the Franks. Sunburned has plans to bring The Great Whale Road to Mac and Linux, too.

The team at Sunburned expect The Great Whale Road will be properly launch in 5-6 months, some time this winter. They plan to keep fans updated throughout the development process via their blog.


  1. Captain Narol says:

    After the moving “The Banner Saga” and before the incoming “Expeditions : Vikings” (from the maker of the excellent “Expeditions : Conquistador”), it seems that playing northmen is getting more and more trendy !

    Anyway this one looks interesting too with the base-building mixed with the RPG/Tactics side, so added to my watch list !

  2. Ur-Quan says:

    Wow this sounds like a game I would enjoy.
    Anyone played it yet/ found some early access reviews?

    • Ur-Quan says:

      Also anyone else getting King of Dragon’s Pass vibes from this?

      • Bernardo says:

        Very much. The management of the settlement and the events are very KoDP, although they aren’t as complex. I really like the mixture of FTL questing, Banner Saga tactical combat and KoDP management. I hope it alle comes together more during EA, though.

    • sunburned says:

      Disclaimer – dev here. There are reviews on Steam. Plus there is a number of preview lets plays on Youtube in various languages. Including series by German strategy/historical game YTs Writing Bull and Steinwallen. You can find written EA (p)reviews on a number of smaller sites like: link to or link to These two are my favourites, Google can show you other ones. ;)

      • Ur-Quan says:

        Thanks alot!
        Normally I’m not a big fan of Early Access, but this looks pretty good already.
        Hope my purchase will help you make the game even better XD.

        • sunburned says:

          Thanks! We still have a lot of work ahead of us. We are happy to already see a community building on the Steam forum, with suggestions and feedback rolling in.

      • cpt_freakout says:

        Thanks for the links! Your game looks very promising!

  3. mitthrawnuruodo says:

    Its very promising. But will take a lot more than 5-6 months to make its a satisfactory experience. The best they can do in 5-6 months would be finalize the first culture’s campaign.