Lost Pirates of the Caribbean: What's An Online Pirate to Do?

Now that Pirates of the Caribbean has announced it's shutting down in September, where can an unemployed pirate go?

After sailing the briny Caribbean for some six years, Disney announced this past week that Pirates of the Caribbean Online would be shutting down on September 20th. Pirates, along with Toontown and Pixie Hollow, was part of Disney's Virtual World MMO games.

Now, like many other buccaneers, I find myself facing being laid off. So, what does an Amazon pirate do now?

It's not easy, mates, to simply put down the cutlass, drop anchor, and put all those years of plunder and pillage behind you. We pirates don't exactly integrate well. After all, many of the lads won't wear shirts to work. A lot of us don't wear shoes. Bathing is sometimes considered optional. Then, there's the issue of drinking on the job and anger management to consider.

But, there must be other opportunities for real go-getters in the world of cutthroat business practices. After all, we're experts in the hostile takeover. We are good at settling disputes, acquisition of goods, evasive navigation and even legal matters.

Pirates Arrrr A Social Lot

There are definitely a lot of pirate-themed games out there. The mobile app stores are filled and over-flowing with them. There are many other games based on everything from One Piece and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies to various adventure games and even the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Black Flag.

But, part of the pirate experience is being part of a crew and interacting with your mates before, during, and after you plunder the high seas. Sure, you can go solo to fight the Knights Templar or build a Lego ship, but what we're talking about here is MMOs.

That means the ability to board a ship, travel the waves, fight the good fight and have a swig of rum with those around you.


Once it was official that Disney was dropping anchor, social media become the place for out-of-work pirates to discuss their options. A number of names were dropped in hopes that everyone could once again share their swashbuckling fun.

  • Florensia - A fantasy MMO with sailing elements. Might be a bit too anime for some folks' taste.                               
  • Pirate 101 - The kids game from the Wizard 101 folks. Not very challenging, and Saccharin cute. Might give one a cavity.
  • Pirates of the Burning Sea - The long-time MMO pirate standard though some have said they weren't the biggest fans of the sailing mechanics.
  • Uncharted Waters Online - The Japanese classic which has continued to evolve over the years.
  • Voyage Century - Another long-time, but not well-known, RPG.

I know there may be a few others, so feel free to drop their names in the comments.

Non-Piratey Options                               

In addition to classic nautical-themed games, a number of fellow buccaneers have been considering other popular MMORPGs, including some of the more popular fantasy games, even if you can't own a ship or sail the briny in them.

  • World of Warcraft - The 800lbs MMO gorilla in the room, and a number of old salts already play it. So, it would likely be an easy transition. 
  • Guild Wars 2 - This gorgeous game's a very detailed RPG and allows for great customization, but it is also very demanding on the GPU. Many pirates may have to upgrade their rigs to play it.Arrr! Jabba made Luke walk the plank!
  • Lord of the Rings Online - Another beautifully rendered RPG from an epic and well-known world. And you get horses!
  • Star Wars The Old Republic - The free-to-play space saga has a familiar setting that may make for easy gatherings, though the game's system for acquiring, customizing, and flying starships is quite restricted. Have to say that this picture makes me think Jabba the Hutt has a little pirate in him.

I'll Be Your Huckleberry

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. So, to help me fellow pirates figure out their options, I will be demo'ing and trying out the free-to-play options for any game listed above that I haven't already tried or now play.

It's a dangerous mission, fraught with download times, lag, character creation fatigue, and getting my noob legs under me - but this Amazon pirate ne'er shied away from a proper challenge.

Soon, I hope to report back my finding out there beyond the horizon.


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
  • Aeryonna
    I am still so upset about Pirates being taken down. It sucks so bad and I can't find anything to fill that emptiness inside me. Lol. I was just wondering if you found something similar yet?
  • Kasey_9854
    If you're still looking for a replacement for potco then you might want to check out the minecraft version. It's a whole lot like the original game, right now it's still in beta so everything doesn't work just yet but there's plenty to do in the game. It is free to play but you will need to purchase minecraft Here's the link. http://www.potcomc.us/
  • Capt. Eliza Creststeel
    - Keep me one good eye out for the various POTCO reboots.
  • kris_5054
    the thing is they replaced the game with pirates101 which to be honest is a childs game. they also used the exra funds to upgrade clun penguin leaving us teens who enjoyed potco to grow to dispise Disney, my children will most likely never know Disney. potco was my childhood!
  • Tyler Epley
    i know this hasnt been active in while. but ive found myself longing for PotCO that is no longer there...i was wondering if you have any more suggestions or if what you currently play now
  • Melissa5fan
    If you like the Walking Dead show then I found this game to be cool have not played it but love to hopefully soon ,game plays somewhat like POTCO . It's called 7 Days To Die from the Game site Steam , http://store.steampowered.com/ .
    Here is a youtube video of game check it out http://youtu.be/vxnYQCdUD34 . Game is not free but it is a one time payment not like POTCO who wanted you to pay 9.95 a month . If you ever seen the game Mindcraft or Survivalcraft this game has that feel to it but with Zombies . You are very much able I believe so , to play with others I would think game would be more fun that way this game is still very new came out Dec 2013 . There is another game at same website called Rust that is also cool . So hope I helped a little .
  • Mike_5047
    There is a new pirate mmo coming out called Wind of Luck which is eerily similar to PoTCO. I'm just not sure if it has the same crew-based fighting as we know and love. It looks very promising, though. www.windofluck.com
  • kelly west
    why did they have to close pirates online?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • tiberias worthington
    Archeage coming soon has pretty much all the piraty elements we lost when POTCO closed and more. Players crew the ship, sail, man cannons, unfurl sails, raise the anchor and possibly more.

    The game also looks like it has horses, lots of crafting and interesting pvp system.

    Can't wait for it to open later this year. Will give me a chance to catch up with life before i start another MMO
  • stephen cain
    You should try building a pirate ship with your son. After loosing potco i have enjoyed sailing the seas of minecraft. We are still trying to develop a real pirate game around minecraft but it seems possible to do.
  • Matthew_7427
    You can be a space pirate in EVE online. Very open world, do what you want, etc.
  • Capt. Eliza Creststeel
    - some pirates I know do play Eve, but the RPG elements are what I think kept us sailing for so long.
  • Ellen Gilson-Silva (EH)
    Remember I suggested Raven's Cry, not available until Oct.
  • Capt. Eliza Creststeel
    - Raven's Cry does not appear to be an MMO.
  • GameSkinny Staff
    You might want to look into the upcoming MMO WildStar. It might not be piratey, but it does have a really cool housing system that you can share with your mates and it has the WarPlot system, which might be an appealing alternative to pirate-ship fighting. It seems like it might have the kind of stuff you're interested in so I'd definitely check it out!
  • Capt. Eliza Creststeel
    - I will add that to me list.
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    You might also consider the single player options too... I know Sid Meier's Pirates! looked pretty tempting!
  • Capt. Eliza Creststeel
    - like Assassin's Creed, Sid Meier's game isn't an MMO. Though there's nothing wrong with either. Players from Disney's game are looking to continue socializing with the same folks they used to.
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    Sorry, repost. This site keeps trolling me. :(
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    Hi Stephanie, can you describe the process that's double posting comments? We want to fix it! Thanks :)

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