What a year it has been for PotBS. With Closed beta starting up, then Open Beta starting in December. And now with Open Beta closing shop tomorrow, we all rush in to play one last time for free, or do we?
Tens of thousands of players have been playing the Pirates of the Burning Sea Open Beta and having a blast. We've made frequent patches to address issues with both lag and gameplay, and thanks to all your feedback, we've made really rapid progress on the final polish pass for the game's launch on January 22nd.
We've been planning to end the Open Beta this Sunday the 23rd. But we've heard from so many players who want to play over the holidays that we've changed our minds.
The Pirates of the Burning Sea Open Beta will now run until the morning of January 1st, 2008! That gives everyone one more week to play the game, see what we're doing, and check out the very latest improvements and changes.
If you haven't played the Open Beta yet, you can get an access key and a client download at no charge from any of the sites at this link.
Open Beta Item Reward!
We also want to thank all of our Open Beta players for their hard work (and good times!). So everyone who creates a character in the Open Beta and who buys a pre-order box or digital download qualifies to receive a key code they can redeem at launch for an exclusive flag and sail design only available to Open Beta players. Forevermore, you can fly the Open Beta flag and show everyone you were there before we set sail. All you need to do is make a character in the Open Beta and buy the preorder, and at launch we will add a page here on our website where you can receive your key code.
You can order the preorder box online from Amazon.com, GameStop.com, BestBuy.com, and GoGamer.com, or you can get a digital download from Station Store and Direct2Drive by clicking this link.
Remember that ordering the preorder (box or download) means you can start playing on January 7th, a full fifteen days ahead of launch.
End of Beta Events!
Of course, what's the end of an Open Beta without an end-of-an-Open-Beta event? We have a big one planned, and while it gets started this coming week it will climax on Sunday, December 30th. Look for details about this event. It's going to be EPIC.
And finally, when it's all over, we hope you'll join us in the Caribbean of 1720 on New Year's Eve. We'll have special in-game items for the celebration and you can join your hosts CEO Russell Williams, Producer John Scott Tynes, and Content Lead Jess Lebow as we ring in the new year, pirate style! We'll be doing countdowns timed for both the EU and North America, so come celebrate with your Open Beta captains one last time before we set sail for launch.
We're already looking past launch. Our art and content teams are working now on the first free content update, coming in March. This includes a stunning new capital city for France, new missions, new repeatable group instances, and much more.
We hope you'll give us a try, check out our progress, and consider joining us on the live servers in January. We've spent five years making a great game and we can't wait for everyone to play it!
Enjoy, won't you?