Everything we know about Windbound – Release date, gameplay, system requirements, platforms, and more

Set sail for survival and adventure.

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Windbound is a survival game developed by 5 Lives Studio and published by Deep Silver. The game features the main character, Kara, finding herself shipwrecked on an uncharted island where she has to explore, adapt, and learn to live off the land. You will need to hunt and survive off the wildlife while building your ideal seacraft to return to your tribe. Here’s everything we know about it.

What is the release date?

Windbound will be available for everyone on Aug. 28. You can pre-order the title right from the game’s website, or from a variety of different online outlets.

What platforms will have Windbound?

You can expect to play Windbound on a variety of different platforms. It will be available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. It’s a single-player game, so there is no need to worry about cross-platform interaction with other players or find the ideal platform to play with your friends. The game will be available on all platforms on the same day.

What’s the gameplay like in Windbound?

Developer 5 Lives Studios released a 20-minute video of the game, breaking down different gameplay features and experiences players will have in Windbound. It’s quite comparable to Zelda: Breath of the Wild, where weapons are available all over the island, but many of them after extended use. You will learn new recipes to make weapons, craft food, discover ancient ruins, and sail around the island’s turbulent waters. There will be smaller islands for players to find with a boat that can be made from different materials.

While exploring these islands, you will have to make new weapons to use the various resources you find. For example, in the video, we see Kara crafting a grass sling and picking up small rocks to use as projectiles against a pack of razorbacks, and when one gets too close she has to rely on her trusty spear to fend it off. After taking down the creature, Kara can interact with the deceased body to acquire additional resources, such as a bone, meat, and furs. These items will be useful in other crafting and cooking recipes. You can expect to be repeating this process often to create more powerful items, taking down more fearsome creatures in Windbound.

What are the system requirements?

Steam lists out all of the system requirements for Windbound on its store page. It should be reasonably straightforward and easy to handle for most players interested in playing the game on most computers using hardware released within the last five years or so.


  • OS: Windows 10/7/8/8.1/Vista (64 bit)
  • Processor: 2.4ghz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4600, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 630, Radeon HD 5670
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 4 GB available storage


  • OS: Windows 10/7/8/8.1/Vista (64 bit)
  • Processor: 2.66Hz Intel Core i7
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5200, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750, Radeon HD 7800
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 4 GB available storage

Will it have multiplayer?

That’s a hard no. The big draw of the game revolves around players foraging their own path to survive and discover secrets all over the secret islands that Kara explores. There will be no additional multiplayer content.