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Distant Shores is the first and thus far only book of the Distant Shores series.

Summary

When you're swept back to the 18th century, you embark on a swashbuckling adventure led by a sexy pirate captain. But will you ever make it home?

Chapters

Chapter 1: Swept Away

When you're swept back to the 18th century, you embark on a swashbuckling adventure led by a sexy pirate captain. But will you ever make it home?

Chapter 2: A Pirate's Life

With everything on the line, will you earn your place on the crew... or wind up in Davy Jones' locker?

Chapter 3: Live By the Sword

You've uncovered mutinous intentions among the crew! Can you save the ship while learning to be a proper pirate?

Chapter 4: Mutiny on the Revenge

Allegiances and lives hang in the balance as an all-out mutiny ravages the ship. Who will survive the betrayal?

Chapter 5: Changing Course

With the mutiny behind you, it's time to do what pirates do best... seek your fortune!

Chapter 6: Without a Net

A skeleton crew can't defeat the Royal Navy. Will you find new recruits in time?

Chapter 7: Stranger Tides

You meet a mysterious stranger while docked for supplies. Will he be a black spot on your life?

Chapter 8: Enemy Mine

The crew is sailing for their lives! Will they be able to outrun the navy? And at what cost?

Chapter 9: Battle Lines

Shipwrecked on a deserted island with the navy on your trail... Will your carefully laid plans be enough to escape?

Chapter 10:

You finally come face to face with your enemy. Will you be able to out-trick him? Or must you stoop to his level to survive?

Gameplay Feature

Captain's Cabin

You have the chance to collect special items, weapons, and crewmembers to add to your Captain's Cabin. Collect them all to get big boosts throughout the story and unlock a special scene at the end of the book.

Gallery

Sneak Peeks

Pre-Book Sneak Peeks & Information

Miscellaneous

Promotional Videos

Spoilers

  • On November 8, 2018, PB has previously confirmed that they have a number of books in different genres and settings in the works! They hinted at having pirate and a survival/zombie books respectively in the works, though they were careful to say they really can't confirm or deny the potential existence of the two types of books mentioned above. [1]
  • On November 30, 2018, it was announced that one of PB's 2019 releases is an untitled nautical drama book, where we will sail the open seas.[2]
  • On January 11, 2019, PB teased that this book could potentially feature pirates during one of their Q & A sessions on Instagram.
  • On March 6, 2019, PB confirmed via their AMA reddit session that we'd have to SEA what they have in store, thus confirming that Passport to Romance is not the Untitled Nautical Book that has been teased for a while now. [3]
  • On July 5, 2019, from their "Summer Reads and Q&A" blogpost, PB hinted that this is one of the brand new books that are in the work, saying "you'll sail the high seas with your pirate crew".[4]
  • On August 2, 2019, PB released the first sneak peek for the book.[5]
    • A second sneak peek was later released and it shows a picture of a parrot.[6]
  • On August 16, 2019, the title of this book was revealed to be Distant Shores from their blogpost, "Three Years of Choices".[7]
    • It also includes a third sneak peek featuring two new characters.
    • It confirmed that the player would get to play as heroine or hero, making Distant Shores a gender of choice story.
    • They described the story as adventure and romance.
  • On September 30, 2019, PB announced that the series would be released "early in 2020".[8]
  • In the December 2019 Livestream, they stated that there will be many awesome love interests and also villains who are part of the British Navy. They also referred to it as historical fun.[9]
  • On January 10, 2020, PB released a sneak peek in the Choices Insiders mail.[10]
  • On February 7, 2020, from the latest newsletter, PB that this book will premiere in Spring.[11]
  • On March 6, 2020, PB revealed in the Choices Insiders e-mail that this book will premiere later this month.[12]
  • The book summary in the update on March 9, 2020, revealed that the book will be set in 18th century and implies time travel.
  • On March 13, 2020, PB released the first teaser.[13]
  • On March 16, 2020, PB released the second teaser.[14]
  • On March 17, 2020, PB released a sneak peek featuring Edward, the Captain.[15]
  • On March 18, 2020, PB released a sneak peek featuring Charlie, the Quartermaster.[16]
    • They also said in a PSA that they will be releasing Distant Shores in early April instead of the end of March due to the 2019–20 COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that's affecting much of the world at this time.
  • On March 19, 2020, PB released a sneak peek featuring Oliver, the Lieutenant.[17]
  • On March 25, 2020, PB released a blogpost about the book.[18]
    • Megan describes it as the story of a modern young hero or heroine who finds him-/herself swept back to the 18th century. While s/he embarks on a swashbuckling adventure, s/he can't help but wonder if s/he'll ever make it back home (or if s/he even wants to).
    • They wanted to take the drama and angst of a time-travel romance and place it with the fun, colorful backdrop of a pirate story.
    • Regarding love interests, we get to choose between the sexy pirate captain, Edward, the bold and beautiful Quartermaster, Charlie...and there may be a Royal Navy officer who captures your heart while trying to capture your crew.
    • When asked what they were most excited for the fans to see, both Megan and Tom said animations and artwork, feeling that it brings the story to the next level.
    • When asked which member of the crew they could be best friends with, the writers feel that all the women in the crew are badass, but feel that Ginny holds a special place in their hearts, describing her as the youngest but fiercist. Tom also has a soft spot for Jonas.
  • On March 25, 2020, PB also released another teaser video and revealed the release date being Friday, April 3rd.[19]
  • On March 27, 2020, PB released a sneak peek featuring the shipmates.[20]
  • On March 30, 2020, PB released a sneak peek featuring the Main Character and outfit options.[21]
  • On April 8, 2020, PB released a sneak peek for Chapter 3.[22]
  • On April 16, 2020, PB released a sneak peek for Chapter 4.[23]
  • On April 22, 2020, PB released a sneak peek for Chapter 5.[24]
  • On May 7, 2020, PB released a sneak peek for Chapter 7.[25]
  • On May 20, 2020, PB released a sneak peek for Chapter 9.[26]

Trivia

  • This is one of the books that reuses the main character's female faces of Open Heart, the others being: Sunkissed, Bachelorette Party, Platinum, Baby Bump and Mother of the Year. The main character's male faces are from Blades of Light and Shadow.
  • This book uses the same mechanic as Mother of the Year, in which a heart shows up next to romantic dialogue options or actions.
  • In Chapter 2, your character can break the fourth wall by making a reference to the game itself while playing two lies and a truth, saying you've read stories where you control the ending.
  • Chapter 8 shares the same title as the 1985 science fiction movie Enemy Mine.
  • In Chapter 9, depending on choices, Edward will reveal that he's from Grovershire and a female MC will compare herself to Anne Bonny.

Click here for the walkthrough of this book: Distant Shores Choices.

References

  1. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1060379714441768965
  2. http://www.pixelberrystudios.com/blog/2018/11/30/pixelberry-updates-answers-and-more
  3. https://www.reddit.com/r/Choices/comments/ay2jth/were_the_writers_for_choices_stories_you_play_ask/ehy1ylz
  4. https://www.pixelberrystudios.com/blog/2019/7/5/summer-reads-and-qampa
  5. https://www.pixelberrystudios.com/blog/2019/8/2/saving-the-date
  6. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1157448349378699265
  7. https://www.pixelberrystudios.com/blog/2019/8/16/three-years-of-choices
  8. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1178813060850405376?s=20
  9. https://www.reddit.com/r/Choices/comments/e73mjg/all_info_from_livestream_in_a_nutshell/
  10. https://mailchi.mp/61343d131e35/the-royal-heir-and-summer-love-12101489?e=3562e4a523
  11. https://mailchi.mp/e38a31669b2c/the-royal-heir-and-summer-love-12150729?e=87a8aee2ef
  12. https://mailchi.mp/03ed0decc7cc/the-royal-heir-and-summer-love-12219958
  13. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1238258487697838082
  14. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1239676894380843008
  15. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1240051849006387200
  16. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1240426003886989314
  17. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1240754971131469824
  18. https://www.pixelberrystudios.com/blog/2020/3/25/distant-shores
  19. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1242925516308353025
  20. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1243636442120761346
  21. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1244752035834204170
  22. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1247995678887940096
  23. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1250931007555088386
  24. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1253081294680076300
  25. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1258456738430365702
  26. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1263197956477509632
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