All Aboard: Pirates of the Burning Sea Sailing toward Release!


For the past few months I’ve had the distinct pleasure of participating in the Closed Beta for a new MMORPG called Pirates of the Burning Sea. Now that the game is going into Open Beta and the NDA has been removed I can finally talk about it in detail.

The game, set in the Caribbean of the 1720’s, allows you to play the role of the captain of a ship for one of four different nations in the area (Britain, Spain, France or Pirate!). As Captain you support your nation’s efforts to capture ports in the Caribbean and win the map. You can also play a highly sophisticated economic game or just have fun fighting the various NPCs sailing around the Caribbean.

During ship combat you have the ability to grapple your enemy and board their ship. Once there you must defeat the enemy captain and his crew to take the ship!

There are dozens of different ship models to choose from as you level your character depending on your profession. (See this Ship Guide for more information). In addition to ships there are user created flags and sails that can be submitted for inclusion into the game.

The game can be a lot of fun and the ship combat is exciting and engaging. I’ve had a blast playing this game in beta and look forward to playing it when it goes live in January. As of this Friday they will be running an open beta through Fileplanet and I encourage anyone who likes the age of sail to try it out.

Jerry Sutton

I am, at heart, a software developer though I am currently managing a small Information Technology department for a mid sized company located in my hometown of Jacksonville, FL. When I am not playing with the latest smart-phone or trying to become inspired to write code I read almost anything I can get my hands on from Pulp Era adventures to biographies of world leaders and everything in between.