Dread Nautical by Zen Studios Releases Next Month on Consoles and PC

Dread Nautical by Zen Studios Releases Next Month on Consoles and PC

Originally released for Apple devices, Zen Studios' Dread Nautical is coming to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC April 29.

Zen Studios announced Dread Nautical releases for Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Epic Games Store on April 29.

Set on the seemingly luxurious cruise liner Hope, Dread Nautical is a horror-themed strategy RPG that pits you against the supernatural. Featuring roguelike elements, you will choose one of four characters to explore the randomly generated ship to survive. You’ll also meet other survivors as you explore the mysterious ship, some of which may join your party depending on your interaction with them. You will have to plan everything accordingly, including attacks and skill upgrades, in order to escape.

Much of this can be seen in the trailer above. Featuring a stylish, cartoony art style, the strategic gameplay and “eerie” atmosphere is in full display. It also shows sequences where you’ll talk with other survivors and explore the ship for loot.

You may recognize Zen Studios from its work with Zen Pinball. However, the developer/publisher is looking to expand into different genres with games like Dread Nautical, Oprencia: The Stolen Sun, and CastleStorm II. Mel Kirk, Vice President of Publishing at Zen Studios, gave a brief statement in the Dread Nautical press release about this new direction.

“The release of Dread Nautical to consoles and PC speaks to Zen Studios’ pursuit of developing a broad range of well-polished games to redefine our studio as more than just Pinball Wizards. We’re proud of everything we’ve brought to the pinball space, but are ready to take on new challenges in the broader gaming space”, says Kirk. “More importantly, we are incredibly excited to allow our dev teams the freedom to create games they want to play, including titles in the turn-based RPG genre like Operencia: The Stolen Sun and CastleStorm II.”

As mentioned, Dread Nautical will launch on April 29 for Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Epic Games Store. It is available now on iOS, Apple TV, and Mac devices.