The long-awaited game (for me, at least) from Michael Bell’s pretty new Bellular Studios is now available on PC. The Pale Beyond is published by Fellow Traveller and sees you lead an expedition into the perilous magnetic South.
People who play World of Warcraft will recognise the name Bellular (BellularGaming), as he has been covering the game for years. I haven’t played World of Warcraft since around 2019, and I still watch his videos quite often. The small studio from Northern Ireland grew from that into a respectable unit in its own right.
The game sees you set sail on a ship called The Tempearence and tasked with finding what happened to The Vicscount, the missing ship that disappeared five years ago.
The Pale Beyond is a survival and management game where you manage resources, balancing safety, morale, and crew choices and decisions. If the ship is not looked after, the crew will mutiny.
The Pale Beyond reminds me of several games. In some ways, it reminds me of Failbetter Games and their Fallen London games. It also reminds me of those Garrison missions in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor. Where you send teams to complete map-based tasks such as the Garrison Shipyard naval missions.
The game looks good, and the art style is striking. Maybe it helps that I have always enjoyed the themes around the Victorian era and Artic explorers. Tales from the Canadian Arctic. This game reminds me of those stories about Sir John Franklin and his crew.
The Pale Beyond also has a demo available on Steam, which allows you to get a feel for the game.