Lost Pirates of the Caribbean: The Search for a New Pirate MMO

Round 1 of the Amazon's attempts to find a new piratey home is met with mixed results.

The Horizon Draws CloserLast week, it was announced by Disney Interactive Media that all of their Virtual World games (Toontown, Pirates of the Caribbean Online and Pixie Hollow) would be closing on Sept. 19th. Already, many petition sites have popped up to plead with Disney to reconsider or offer other options. However, petitions regarding these games have been sent before, with little or no reaction at all. var adunit_index = 4000; if ((adunit_index != 1000 & adunit_index != 1001) || (adunit_index == 1000 && device_category != 'MOBILE') || (adunit_index == 1001 && device_category == 'MOBILE')) { if (active_ad_units_pw[adunit_index] != undefined) { console.log('Dyn Unit Legacy PW', active_ad_units_pw[adunit_index], adunit_index); googletag.cmd.push(function(){ var adunit_index = 4000; if (typeof(pubwise) != 'undefined' & pubwise.enabled === true) { console.log('Dyn PW'); pubwise.que.push(function(){ pubwise.renderAd('div-sjr-4000'); }); } else { console.log('Dyn Direct'); googletag.display('div-sjr-4000'); googletag.pubads().refresh([gptadslots['div-sjr-4000']]); } //googletag.pubads().refresh([gptadslots['div-sjr-4000']]); }); } } Also during that time, players from those games are looking for places to go. As a long-time pirate, I too am seeing a buccaneer breadline in my future.So, like any other out-of-work mate, I looked in the Job Ads and found a list of places to try. This is the first round of try-outs. Pirates of the Burning Seas Pirates 101 Voyage Century Uncharted Waters These Waters Be ShallowThough pirates are a popular subject and a great number of games are out there about them, finding something on par to Disney's Pirates Online for the thousands of players to move to is very much a task.After all, to match the same experience a game would have to have: a 3-D MMORPG design Quests and PvP Quick learning curve Both Land and Sea Adventures Strong Social Atmosphere Understand that Disney's original game was already dated by the time it premiered in October 2007, but its strongest features weren't about high-end graphics.So, how did this first round of candidates do?Little New Under the Pirate SunOne thing that Pirates of the Burning Sea, Uncharted Online, and Voyage Century have in common with Pirates Online: They are all at least 6 years old or even older. So, all three of these candidates have little NEW to offer.Pirate 101 is at least newer, but it is also in a class by itself because it directly aimed at very young children.It's too simplistic and the land-based combat system is board-game strategic.Plus, it's overly cute. Can we all agree there? It's candidacy was originally only listed because it was a pirate-themed game, otherwise it's potential really ends there.Onward, Into the PastSo now, I will focus next on the other three pirates MMOs.I will admit right here, publicly, that I could NOT deal with Uncharted Waters Online for more than about 10-15 minutes before I walked away.First, it does qualify as a 3D MMO. Barely. But, it reminded me of a 1990's adventure game in appearance.Just for comparison sake, the picture on the bottom is from a 1990's Sierra-Online game, Gabriel Knight. Please understand, Pirates of the Caribbean Online was never cutting edge, but to move forward I believe we need to move FORWARD.And to put the nail in the coffin as far as Uncharted Waters Online for me, the tutorial was painful to sit through. So painful, that I didn't finish it. Your sailor (not really pirates in this game) gets to go to school! Sound like fun? They even give a school uniform (see the goofy slouch hat look above). Pirates aren't uniform-wearing types.Uncharted Online is not really a pirate game. It's a sailing, exploring and strategy game but it's over thought in several areas and too simplified in others. Don't forget to buy provision and hire people, since you'll be sailing alone.And to save time, Voyage Century actually kept crashing just trying to install. My PC is running Windows 7 with a cable modem and their installer continued to lock up, or worse caused major headaches for my computer. If I can't install your game, I can't review it.Close, But No BandanaOf the Pirates MMO candidates, that leaves Pirates of the Burning Sea (PotBS). There was a lot more of a familiar feeling here at least.Character creation was easy. Actually, TOO easy. While the garb options are wonderful, the customization of your pirate's face and body is somewhat limited. Which explains why everyone is roughly the same height and body type.But, to the heart of it. PotBS still has a lot of what we former Disney pirates are looking for. 3D movement, multi-player interaction, and quests. There are a lot quests to be had, thank goodness.The character customization is quick and easy, and there is a skill system including trainers in the various ports to help you improve or re-learn abilities. The basic learn curve was pretty quick and you could be underway without being sidetracked for too long.I was disappointed in the sailing system. Not that the more complicated moving and combat system was an issue. Getting around in your ship having to use the wind, tide etc. was a nice step up. But, part of what made Pirates Online so enjoyable was crewing up with mates and jumping aboard single a ship with several others. Here, you have to each launch your own.Beyond The SeaIn Part 3, I intend on dropping anchor and stepping off the deck to look at MMOs that are not nautically themed, but could be potential homes for us wayward pirates.Including: Guild Wars 2 Star Wars: The Old Republic Lord of the Rings Online

Contributor

Amazon, Pirate and Gator 'Rassler who terrorizes the seas aboard her frigate The Crimson Widow in the original Pirates Online and now in The Legend of Pirates Onlines (www.TLOPO.com). Also an administrator of the Pirates Online Wiki (https://piratesonline.fandom.com/wiki/). Have swung a hammer in Guild Wars 2, slung a S.A.W. in Defiance and winged across the galaxy in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Published Sep. 5th 2013
  • Nekrolama
    All I am going to say is Good riddance to Potco. Enough said. Left the game a week before it had announced it would close, and never once looked back. And I am damn glad I did it. Waste of my time all those years when I could have played a much better, and much more active game rather then grind XXXXXX ship for blah blah. Now. I actually get to do what I want to do, and not feel like a single player game.
  • Traitor of the undead
    also that it may not take too long to come out. alpha test starts 2015 so i am thinking it would come out in 2017 2018 hopefully
  • Traitor of the undead
    actually there is a new version of potco. it is pirates online rewritten. it is not fully out yet. and you need of something that is called a alpha key to sign up which you have to get by drawing. and to enter you have to sign up when they have one. I am not sure when it is coming out to public i have asked but no answer but do look it up and please post the date when it comes out to everyone if you can find out.
  • Vince._9575
    Alright. So. I used to play potco as well.. Then I found an Interesting MMO Tera online. Its pretty intresting.. Takes a minture to get ued to the ontrol and how to play. but once your used to it. It is Great! Its the same as Potco in many ways. To fight.. right click and left click and there are skills That go from 1 to 10 on the keyboard. You can Ride a mount. at level 12. you go to an Area called Lumbertown You get a free horse to ride around.. and of course its FREE TO PLAY. Its very interesting. And the good thing i that they didnt have in POTCO is A messaging system. Like email.. Send emails to other players. To see how there doing while there offline.. or they send u one if ur offline u can read it when u get online. and they have a bank storing They. and Guilds. Etc. Its easy to play and its Fun. Ap level is 60. I have a level 26,36,45,46. Its is a very interesting game. but the thing u need is patience while downloading. It takes Hours apon hours to download.. Took me 9 hours to download. but if u have that patience.. then it ill be well worth it. I promise you that! there Are dungeons. and pvp battlegrounds For those pvpers out there! tera is a Good game. Should give it a try. it will efinatly take up your time! I can promise you that! And just like pirates. there is exploring and the worlds are so much bigger You can Dress your Character To the way you like.. ((at a certain Level of course.. but its easy to level.)) And the people are friendly.. Theres Area chat and Global hat and local chat and Whisper. and guild.. and Just liek Pirates You can PARTY UP ((crew)) tera.enmasse.com/
  • Bess Shoregrim
    I tried playing Pirates of the Burning Seas and it had potential. But the graphics gave me motion sickness and a headache. I am so lost without POTCO.

    Trying other games has gotten too depressing because I am having so much trouble finding something that is an MMO and isn't way too overly complicated like most games are these days. The only thing that sparks hope is the future POTCO Rewritten, but that could take years to come out.
  • GNL Deathwing
    greetings after reading your article on the closing of disneys pirates online I have been into the mmo world for 6 years starting with world of warcraft eventualy moving on to star wars the old republic and various other free to play mmos as well upon reading this I would like to suggest that you might possibly look into the elder scrolls online witch will be coming out spring of 2014 while it isn't anything like pirates of the carribean it might be a game worth trying as well as looking into in my previous experience with elder scrolls games in general there were npcs in the single player variants that were in fact pirates granted they did not have the guns a pirate typicaly has but there was pirates perhaps it might be the game you can find your home on elder scrolls online when this mmo variant of the elder scrolls games comes out
  • Capt. Eliza Creststeel
    Contributor
    - actually GNL, I just picked up my Elder Scrolls Beta invite (*girlish squeal*). It looks amazing!

    Guild Wars 2 has been where many pirates now haunt as well. But many are playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, Pirates of the Black Sea and Lord of the Rings cuz they are all free to play.

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