Ultimate Games S.A has revealed Essex: The Whale Hunter, their whaling simulator inspired by Moby Dick.
According to the creators, the new title will offer a high seas adventure filled with emotions and realism. The game will take place in the 19th century, on the island of Nantucket and the Atlantic Ocean. The release date is set for 2023 with the title landing on Nintendo Switch, PS4/5, Xbox One/Series X, and PC.
The game is being developed by Polish studio 3T Games and will be published by Ultimate Games S.A.
Essex: The Whale Hunter will be a single-player focused whaling simulator that will allow players to embark on an adventure in the open waters of the Atlantic. Playing as a whaling ship captain, the gameplay will feature various elements related to whale hunting.
The new project is the latest of few games which center on American literature like Moby Dick, with the creators explaining that their goal is to combine the fascinating world depicted in the novel by Herman Melville with attractive and varied gameplay.
“In Essex: The Whale Hunter, players will embark on a unique journey through a world that no longer exists. The bulk of the action will take place on the Atlantic, but we will also visit the island of Nantucket, which could be described as the Wall Street of 19th-century whaling. Herman Melville’s masterpiece serves as our main inspiration during development, and we’re striving to properly capture the unique nature of this multi-dimensional novel” – said Rafał Jelonek, CEO at 3T Games.
Players will have to face many challenges and start with the very basics, such as recruiting the optimal crew. Proper maintenance of the ship is set to play a crucial role. While the game will focus on the search and hunt for whales, it will also include economic elements and allow you to trade gathered resources. Creators have emphasized more details will be revealed at a later time.
You can check out the reveal trailer below: