Serious game developer VSTEP and PC-based strategy game publisher Paradox Interactive have recently announced the next installment in their popular Ship Simulator series. Almost three years in development, Ship Simulator Extremes allows players to become virtual ship captains who tackle realistic missions on the high seas.
A notable feature in the new game lets users take part in ecological missions by captaining the Rainbow Warrior III—a vessel that is being custom built for Greenpeace International. Taking things a step further, VSTEP and Greenpeace have teamed up to offer one lucky player the chance to sail aboard the real Rainbow Warrior III on one of the vessel’s maiden trips when she launches in October 2011. Simply purchase the Ship Simulator Extremes – donation edition and you are automatically entered in the contest.
In addition to hunting down whalers, captains in Ship Simulator Extremes can experience intense situations that include facing severe storms or saving people from an oil rig explosion. A wide array of vessels are available to pilot from Coast Guard interceptors to luxury cruise liners.
Ship Simulator Extremes is scheduled for released on August 24, 2010.