20,000 Leagues Above The Clouds – Steampunk Sky Pirates in a Studio Ghibli-inspired World

20,000 Leagues Above the Clouds is a great looking new game that sees you captaining a steampunk airship across the skies of a Studion Ghibli-inspired world of floating islands.  Set for release on PC and Mac, it’s a blend of Baldur’s Gate and Sid Meyers Pirates!, but with more airships, and slightly higher consequences of falling overboard.

20000Above_2Throughout the game, you’ll captain your ship across the seven skies, battling other ships and upgrading your own with a selection of steampunk weaponry and equipment.  As you progress through the game, your actions will shape your characters personality; with you becoming either a righteous and charming captain or a scoundrel, feared across the seven seas.


20,000 Leagues Above the Clouds is still a long way off from completion, but it already looks quite stunning; with the world populated by Avatar-style floating islands.  Interspersed across the clouds you will find skyports, where you can dock for supplies and upgrades, and meet friendly – as well as shady – characters who may join you on your journey.  It’s through conversations with these characters that you will learn how the strange world is held together, and how it came to be.

20000Above_920,000 Leagues Above the Clouds is still in development, but you can sign up for the Beta and follow it’s progress through the official website, and as always, we’ll keep you up to date with its progress on IGM.

  • Cool, they aren’t asking for money! It’s refreshing to see a game title that doesn’t want to be in early access for 2 years or doesn’t want to be backed by everyone.

  • Calum Fisher

    Yeah, it’s like a breath of fresh steampunky air :)

  • Noneyabusiness

    Did they contact you with something new that’s cooking up, cos that video is about a year old and I can’t find a site update or blog post or anything like that…

  • Calum Fisher

    Hi, yes, I’ve been in contact with the devs, it’s being covered as Beta sign-ups have started and they have just released a new batch of pretty screenshots which show off the Ghibli influence rather well (more of which can be viewed on their site). The video is old, but it’s included in the post as it gives you some background about the devs and an indication of the gameplay.