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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 News

Latest Headlines for 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.

    Reported on Nov 20, 2013
  • 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.

    Reported on Dec 18, 2012
  • 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!

    Reported on Jul 26, 2012
  • 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.

    Reported on Apr 11, 2011
  • 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!

    Reported on Feb 22, 2011
  • 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!

    Reported on Feb 06, 2011
  • 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.

    Reported on Jan 19, 2011
  • 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.

    Reported on Dec 22, 2010
  • 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.

    Reported on Nov 30, 2010
  • 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!

    Reported on Nov 23, 2010
  • The F2P Game Plan

    Flying Lab recently announced that Pirates of the Burning Sea would be going free-to-play with the arrival of the next major patch cycle. The announcement generated a lot of questions and the team has taken time to answer some of them, though a lot of detail is still missing. It's a start and includes questions about what F2P means for the game, for individuals and what "Treasure Aisle" might encompass.

    Reported on Sep 21, 2010
  • Going Free to Play

    Following on the heels of the Everquest II and Lord of the Rings Online conversions from subscription to free to play, Flying Lab has announced that Pirates of the Burning Sea will be going free to play with the next update later this fall. The announcement was made on the official developer blog and came as a big surprise to subscribers and followers of the game.

    Reported on Sep 16, 2010
  • Power & Prestige Arrives Today

    Flying Lab has announced that the much anticipated Pirates of the Burning Sea expansion will arrive later today. Called "Power & Prestige", the expansion is bring lots of welcome changes including ship overhauls, new content and quests.

    Reported on Sep 15, 2010
  • Expansion Delayed

    Flying Lab has announced that the Power and Prestige expansion for Pirates of the Burning Sea has been delayed to early September. The reason for the delay is the cryptically stated "logistical issues beyond our control".

    Reported on Aug 25, 2010
  • Expansion Arriving in August

    Sony Online Entertainment and Flying Lab have announced that the free Power & Prestige expansion for Pirates of the Burning Sea will officially launch on August 24, 2010. Power & Prestige is currently in open beta on the public test server and will remain so until launch day.

    Reported on Jul 26, 2010
  • Power & Prestige Open Beta

    Flying Lab Software has announced that the expansion for Pirates of the Burning Sea has entered its open beta phase of development. Current players and those using a 14-day free trial are eligible to play Power & Prestige on the public test server.

    Reported on Jul 09, 2010
  • "Power & Prestige" Goes Live this August

    We reported back in April that Flying Lab Software had announced this Summer as a launch window for the upcoming "Power & Prestige" update for Pirates of the Burning Sea, but today we've got a more firm date for you.

    Reported on Jun 23, 2010
  • Power & Prestige Expansion This Summer, Beta Signups Begin

    Flying Lab Software has announced that the upcoming Power & Prestige expansion will be setting sail this summer.

    Reported on Apr 15, 2010
  • Re-Review's Bill Murphy reports on his travels across the ocean blue in this re-review of Flying Lab Software's swashbucklin' MMOG.

    Reported on Mar 11, 2010
  • Looking at the Early Game

    In preparation for his full blown review,'s Bill Murphy takes a look at, and gives us his impressions of, the early game for Flying Lab Software's Pirates of the Burning Sea.

    Reported on Mar 05, 2010
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