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Portalus Games | Official Site
MMORPG | Setting:Historical | Status:Final  (rel 01/22/08)  | Pub:Portalus Games
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Download | Retail Price:Free | Pay Type:Hybrid | Monthly Fee:$14.99
System Req: PC | ESRB:TOut of date info? Let us know!

Pirates of the Burning Sea

Pirates of the Burning Sea is an MMORPG from Portalus Games in which players captain their own ship as a pirate, adventurer (a sort of privateer/merchant hybrid) or naval officer, with avatars being highly customizable. The game focuses on real time PvE and PvP combat, with players controlling their ships' heading, speed, special abilities and attacks. In addition to impromptu encounters, it is also possible to conquer enemy ports and take on missions, some of which follow an ongoing story as your character develops. The game is free-to-play with premium content and optional subscriptions available.


  • Three Nations | Start your adventure as a representative of England, France, or Spain, or choose to be a pirate instead.
  • Five Careers | Choose from the five careers of Naval Officer, Privateer, Freetrader, Buccaneer, and Cutthroat.
  • Ship Combat | Take to the high seas with one of 150+ historical ships and participate in tactical ship combat.
  • Swashbuckling | Engage in land combat with the four styles of Fencing, Florentine, Dirty Fighting, and Brawling.
  • Port Control | Fight for control of over 80 Caribbean ports.
  • Elections and Economy | Get elected as Port Governor or participate in the game's player-driven economy.
  • Custom Flags and Sails | Create your own flags and sail patterns in Pirates of the Burning Sea.

Registration Opens & New Seasonal Items

Portalus Games, the company that took over development of Pirates of the Burning Sea, has announced that registrations for the game are now open and that the official site is being 'rebuilt' but without a firm date when it will be finished. In addition, the team has announced that, with registrations open, they are in the process of developing seasonal items for the game.

Posted Nov 20, 2013 by Suzie Ford
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Leaving SOE for Portalus Games

Sony Online Entertainment has announced that Pirates of the Burning Sea will be leaving its stable of MMOs on January 31st. PotBS will be developed and republished by Portalus Games, a new company made up of former Flying Lab Software employees. Characters will be carried over if a Portalus account is linked to the currently existing SOE account.

Posted Dec 18, 2012 by Suzie Ford
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Our Official F2P Review

We're revisiting Flying Lab Software's seafaring MMO, Pirates of the Burning Sea, in our latest official review. Has the game improved since switching over to the free-to-play model? Read on to find out!

Posted Jul 26, 2012 by Michael Bitton
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A Peek at v2.5

Pirates of the Burning Sea Producer Michelle "Misha" Williams has posted a look at the game's v2.5 patch which is anticipated to hit the test bed later this week. In addition to bug fixes and 'tuning', there will be new additions to the in-game store (Treasure Aisle), new taxes and social features.

Posted Apr 11, 2011 by Suzie Ford
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Mardi Gras Event Arrives

Mardi Gras has officially arrived in Pirates of the Burning Sea. While the real world equivalent doesn't arrive until March 8th, PotBS players will have the opportunity to participate in the event and even score themselves a peacock pet as a reward. The full patch notes that include the Mardi Gras event have been released on the official site for those who like to know all the details!

Posted Feb 22, 2011 by Suzie Ford
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Producing Free to Play

Misha over with Pirates of the Burning Sea has rewritten a new DevBlog on the process of taking the game F2P. Check out the article for more information!

Posted Feb 06, 2011 by Drew Wood
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Anniversary Update to Deploy

Pirates of the Burning Sea will be updated today to v2.2.83.0, aka the Anniversary Update. The update will prepare servers for the third anniversary celebration scheduled to begin on January 22nd. New content has been added, San Juan, Spain's capital city, has been updated, and new pets have been added to Treasure Aisle. In addition, bug fixes, enhancements and improvements have been included for deployment when the patch goes live later today.

Posted Jan 19, 2011 by Suzie Ford
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Junkanoo Event Arrives

Pirates of the Burning Sea devs have announced that the annual Junkanoo Event has arrived on all servers. The event will be broken into two parts: Part One: Defend your Nation on the Open Sea and Fun and Games of Junkanoo. Devs have posted overviews of each event along with the schedule.

Posted Dec 22, 2010 by Suzie Ford
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Now Officially Free To Play

Pirates of the Burning Sea is now officially free to play. All servers are back on line and players can check it out for free as of today, Tuesday, November 30th. Players can also choose to subscribe for $14.99 per month or purchase premium content through the in-game store.

Posted Nov 30, 2010 by Suzie Ford
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F2P To Go Live on 11-29

Flying Lab and the Pirates of the Burning Sea team have delayed the free-to-play iteration of the game slightly and it is set to go live on Monday, November 29, 2010. Servers will be brought down between 4-9 a.m. PST that day though times are subject to change. When servers restart, POTBS will be free to play!

Posted Nov 23, 2010 by Suzie Ford
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