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.
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.