Pirates of the Burning Sea is closing down, but the community might be able to save it

    
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Bad news, but maybe also a tiny bit of good news too, for Pirates of the Burning Sea: Over the weekend, Portalus Games announced that it is closing down and that it will no longer be operating the long-running pirate MMORPG as of the end of September.

According to a letter posted to the game’s website, the game’s primary coder is leaving the studio, and no one will remain to maintain the game, ensuring that “the game runs the risk of unexpected and unannounced shut down due to server software failures.” Rather than risk that, Portalus made the announcement now to “allow proper advanced notice.”

And that notice is the silver lining: The company is willing to turn the game over to another company led by the community to keep it going.

“Over the years we have often had community members volunteer to assist with the game only to have to turn them away due to the company’s structure and the legal requirements for compensation that the game could not afford. If a new company were formed as a non-profit corporation representing the game community it would allow for volunteers to contribute to game operation and open the possibility of a much brighter future for the game than can be found with Portalus. To this end we will begin immediately on efforts to organize a new management group. I would encourage those community members interested in joining the effort to form a new company to operate Pirates of the Burning Sea to join the community discussion regarding the subject on the community forum.”

Do your thing, emu people! Save the game!

Source: Official site. Thanks so much, David!
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butterpanda888

I love this game.

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April-Rain

I lasted about an hour before I hit uninstall back when I had station access and played SWG at SOE it may have even been in beta at the time, I do hope the community can get together and can save it though!

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Loopy

I tried this game back in the day just before the Sony DDoS that left their entire platform unplayable for weeks. I reaaaally liked it then. But for some reason, once the services came back online, the game fell off the radar for me. I’ve tried going back to it last year, but it just didn’t grip me any more. We definitely need some proper pirate/seafaring MMOs.

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Jack Pipsam

I remember when it was still an SOE game, that’s really the only time I played it was when it was always tempting me in the old Station Launcher program.

It was very unique, but at the time I was still so much in love with the fantasy of being able to run around on the deck of my own ship in Pirates of the Caribbean Online, that the more simulation focus of PotBS didn’t quite grab me at the time.
Also didn’t help that I made the fatal error of picking the Spanish, which was like the least populated faction in the game.

It was a rather janky game, but it was so unlike anything else I had ever played. Economically driven, pseudo-simulation with some swash-bucking thrown in for good measure.

I really hope that someone will be able to save it in some way, or maybe if they cannot find a dedicated team/studio to take it over, then the next best thing would be that ever-desired dream of letting the community have the code outright. Naturally no account information, but the code.

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IronSalamander8 .

I did try this briefly. Wasn’t bad but wasn’t really gripping either. Regardless I hope the community can save it. I wouldn’t wish what happened to my beloved CoX on anyone.