|Titanic: Honor and Glory|
|Developer(s)||Vintage Digital Revival|
|Publisher(s)||Vintage Digital Revival|
|Engine||Unreal Engine 4|
|Release||TBA (demo 401 available from December 2021)|
Titanic: Honor and Glory is a video game currently under development (since 2012) by Vintage Digital Revival. The game is to feature a thorough digital recreation of the RMS Titanic, as well as a model of the city of Southampton in 1912.
Currently (January 2023) it has a demo publicly and freely downloadable and the project is supported by donations via Patreon, Stripe or PayPal.
Prior to the departure of Tom Lynskey from the project, the game's story was to focus on a fictional 23-year-old American Oxford University graduate named Owen Robert Morgan. After being mistaken for an international criminal, he must board the RMS Titanic in an effort to clear his name and to find the real culprits. Once the player boarded the ship, the player would have needed to perform certain tasks of a real crewman and secure a cabin of his own, and when the Titanic would hit the iceberg, the player was planned to have had two hours and forty minutes to solve the mystery. These plans were scrapped in favor of a different direction for the game.
For the upcoming alpha, the game is expected to include a tour mode, log entries, and collectibles.
Development of the game began in November 2012, after the cancellation of the Titanic: Lost in the Darkness mod for Crysis 2. On December 25, 2012, the first preview of the game was released, showing a fly through of the Grand Staircase and using CryEngine 3 to develop the game, which would later be switched over to Unreal Engine 4.
The first preview of the game in Unreal Engine 4 was uploaded to YouTube in March 2015, showing an early sinking animation of the D-Deck Reception in real-time. In April later that year, a playable demo was released, which featured select areas of the ship including the D-Deck Reception, Scotland Road, and the Turkish Bath. In July, a podcast was held to provide updates on the project. During the podcast, several preview screenshots of the current state of the Grand Staircase were released. That same day, the official forums were launched. By the next day, however, the forums had been taken down.
For the project's research, the developers tracked down obscure artifacts or preserved pieces of Titanic's sister ship Olympic in order to ensure proper recreations. In November 2015, game producers Thomas Lynskey and Matthew DeWinkeleer went on an 11-day research trip to England. Highlights of the trip included visiting the Grapes Pub in Southampton, which is to be depicted in the game, and measuring the wooden paneling of the RMS Olympic's original first class lounge, which serves as the dining room of the White Swan Hotel in Alnwick.
The developers uploaded a real-time animation video on April 14, 2016, showing the sinking of the Titanic to their official YouTube channel to coincide with the 104th anniversary of the tragedy. That same evening, a live podcast was held in which the team commented on the video as they and the listeners watched it together. The video received coverage on many news websites. It received an overall positive reception from historians and the public alike.
Developers announced their partnership with "5518 Studios", a video game art-house, in July 2019, to develop the NPCs for the game.
A sister project entitled Britannic: Patroness of the Mediterranean was released to Steam on June 19th, 2020. In addition to having support for virtual reality headsets, the game includes Britannic in both her civilian and hospital ship livery.
In a livestream from the THG team, a free-to-play Alpha version of Titanic: Honor and Glory was announced. A release date is yet to be announced.
In December 2021, the development team released a new demo, the 401 (v. 1.4.2) that is publicly and freely downloadable. It included most first class facilities and corridors, as well as crew spaces from the wheelhouse to the post office and mail room. In January 2022 a new version was released, which added second and third class spaces. About 30 per cent of Titanic can be explored in this version. An updated version (1.5), which has yet to be released, will include more spaces and offers about 50 per cent of Titanic to explore.
All systems require a GPU with DirectX12 support and 25 GB of free hard disk space available (optimal: 25 GB of space on NVMe SSD).