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Pirates of the Burning Sea

Pirates of the Burning Sea is an MMORPG set in the Caribbean during the 1700s that features swashbuckling, tactical ship combat, and a player-driven economy. Choose from four allied factions and take on your foes both at land and sea with a variety of class-specific abilities.

Publisher: Portalus Games, Gamearena, Sony Online Entertainment
Playerbase: Medium
PvP: Port Battles / Open Sea Combat
Release Date: January 22, 2008
Pros: +Realistic naval combat. +Swashbuckling battles. +Four factions. +Varied content.
Cons: -Steep learning curve. -Lacking character animations. -Repetitive gameplay.

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Pirates of the Burning Sea Overview

Pirates of the Burning Sea is a free-to-play MMORPG where players captain their own ship as a variety of classes that include: Freetraders, Naval Officers, and Cutthroats. Choose one of three factions that represent a European nation, or choose to become a pirate ready to plunder other ships on the open seas. Character avatars are highly customizable and can take part in the game's swashbuckling combat that pits fighting styles against each other on the decks of boarded ships and on land. The game's naval combat includes over 150+ historical ships that show realistic damage as they encounter enemies and offer full tactical control, giving players command over the ships' heading, speed, special abilities, and attacks. In line with the game's strong historical pirate theme each class acquires new ships in distinct ways: naval officers receive better ships as rewards for military commendations, pirates claim ships after defeating them in combat, and freetraders claim ship rewards with civilian pennants.

Pirates of the Burning Sea Key Features:

  • Five Playable Classes – choose from five careers: Naval Officer, Privateer, Freetrader, Buccaneer, or Cutthroat.
  • Four Player Factions – ally with one of the three European nations: England, France, or Spain, or opt to be a pirate.
  • Intense Ship Combat – take to the high seas and engage in tactical ship combat that includes over 150 different historical ships.
  • Swashbuckling – participate in direct character combat using four fighting styles that include Florentine, Fencing, Dirty Fighting, and Brawling.
  • PvP and PvE Modes – enter an allied port to begin a PvP Port Battle or stick to economy and trading in a game that supports many different playstyles.

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System Requirements

Pirates of the Burning Sea System Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

Operating System: Windows XP / Vista
CPU: Pentium IV 1.5 GHz
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 or equivalent
RAM: 512 MB
Hard Disk Space: 4 GB

Recommended Requirements:

Operating System: Windows XP / Vista
CPU: Core Duo 2.0 GHz or better
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better
RAM: 1024 MB
Hard Disk Space: 4 GB


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Additional Info

Pirates of the Burning Sea Additional Information

Developer: Flying Lab Software, Portalus Games
Publisher: Portalus Games, Gamearena, Sony Online Entertainment

Open Beta Date: December 14, 2005 to January 1, 2008
Pre-Release Date: January 07, 2008

Release Date: January 22, 2008

Development History / Background:

Pirates of the Burning Sea was developed by Flying Lab Software and published initially by Sony Online Entertainment. The game's development began in 2002; its developers realized the size and potential of the game and nearly doubled their staff, putting other projects on hold by December 14, 2005 when the game's open beta began. Open beta ran until January 01, 2008, and the game's pre-release started shortly thereafter on January 07, 2008. Pirates of the Burning Sea was initially subscription-based. Its early adopters gained pre-release access before the retail release date of January 22, 2008. By April, 2008, the developers offered one-time server transfers to reduce the amount of servers available and increase individual populations, closing seven servers overall by November, 2008. On March 05, 2010, the servers were further reduced, with only the servers Roberts and Antigua remaining. The game changed its subscription model shortly thereafter, moving to a multi-tiered freemium model on November 22, 2010.

In December 2012, Sony Online Entertainment announced that Pirates of the Burning Sea was being shut down, which led a small group of the original developers from Flying Lab Software to pick the game up and host it themselves under a newly formed studio, Portalus Games. Portalus has run the game since February 2013 and continues to update the game.