SOE to stop publishing Pirates of the Burning Sea

MMORPG to "leave the SOE family of games" January 31; Portalus Games planning to re-launch title in the future.

Free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game Pirates of the Burning Sea will soon be set out to new waters. Sony Online Entertainment and developer Flying Lab Software made the decision to drop the MMORPG "after much review and consideration." This will take effect January 31, 2013.

Though SOE will no longer publish Pirates of the Burning Sea, the game will live on. A startup called Portalus Games, made up of former Flying Lab developers, is planning to re-launch the game through its own platform in the "near future."

The game's Roberts and Antigua servers will continue to operate following the game's re-launch, though players will need to register a Portalus Games account by January 31 if they wish to have access to their existing characters. Players' SOE data and personal information will not be transferred in the process, Sony said.

For more on the Pirates of the Burning Sea transfer process, check out the Portalus Games website.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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tgwolf
tgwolf

Awwwwwwwww...one less deplorable pirate-chotic game to worry about...

nurnberg
nurnberg

I wish that SOE stopped with all that micro-transaction garbage.

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

This is the best piracy mmorpg on the internet, period. I'm glad they're not letting it die. It's one of those games that I've found myself revisiting on occasion simply because it's so unique. My only problem with it was that I didn't feel like taking on random ships at sea gave you much experience. Much of the game came down to powerleveling or "fleeting" to gain levels. But it's no fun to just sit there watching as a high level partner decimates ships. So on occasion I'll just sign in and fight a few random battles because it's fun.

shakensparco
shakensparco

I didn't know this was a game? Is this Pirates of the Caribbean Online with a  different name?

rileypoole1234
rileypoole1234

This game was a lot of fun. Can't wait to play it again.

SolidTy
SolidTy

It's always a shame to see games die off. That's one thing I dislike about MMOs, that the experience can't be preserved for future gaming generations. They will be able to read about this MMO game and that MMO game back in the day, but they won't be able to experience many of them, if any.

 

Contrast that to older games, and they can still play those games.

greendude123
greendude123

Hopefully Portalus Games will finally give this game the love it has deserved.

psdsoldier25
psdsoldier25

Definitely a dark day damn sad to see this one go....

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

 @shakensparco Nah, Pirates of the Caribbean Online is a hunk of junk compared to Pirates of the Burning Sea. The ships look better, the water looks better, the ship to ship combat is better. Just the overall graphics and gameplay are better in Pirates of the Burning Sea. Pirates of the Caribbean Online was just a cheap cash-in.

Saketume
Saketume

 @SolidTy It's true. I think more of myself though. Sometimes I like to play games I did when I was younger. With MMOs that is simply not possible.

 

As for new generations trying old games. They'll never get the same feeling anyway. Games are a product of their time. The visuals age so fast. Try to explain to a kid of today why we thought "Sword of Sodan" was impressive graphically. Or the first 3D "Unreal"

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sMJq_Xxnjc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op-tys_98Ek

blueness
blueness

 @SolidTy I do agree with you in many ways, but would also add that titles, especially say MMORPGs, like EQ, really do change alot. For example a player coming along to EQ today would enjoy an experience so far removed from that of EQ in 1999.

 

In that respect the experience really isn't preserved.

jazilla
jazilla

 @psdsoldier25 lol you didnt even read the article. a different publisher is keeping it going.