My son has this game (Alpha) and it looks intriguing. The 3D modelling is cartoon like but the sea graphics are awesome looking. There are several realism aspects to the sailing as well. Sail up to dock, anchor or pull up anchor, tweaking the shape of the sails and more. Not sure about the strategics aspects of the game yet though. Of course being cartoon like the ship models are not faithful to dimensions or paint schemes. Islands look like toy Lego towns. It seems to be geared more toward fun then simulation. The intent is for multi-player where larger ships will need other players as crew. This will add a new level of experience to the pirate gaming community. Due to be released in a few months.
Sea of Thieves