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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:Free
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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.

11th Anniversary of PotBS & New Owners! Posted by olepi on July 19, 2019 @ 12:48PM
And So It All Comes To An End Posted by KieferC on November 16, 2018 @ 2:40PM
Old accounts Posted by KieferC on July 1, 2018 @ 10:49AM
PotBS 2017 Posted by KieferC on February 2, 2018 @ 3:58AM
10 Year Anniversary BSN Sale Posted by KieferC on January 31, 2018 @ 8:15AM
PotBS Item Mall's Prices cut Posted by KieferC on October 29, 2017 @ 9:08PM
PotBS 2016 Posted by Gigashadow25 on October 3, 2017 @ 5:45AM
is there any development ongoing? Posted by KieferC on September 17, 2017 @ 4:22PM
Yes, I was banned Posted by kazamx on August 9, 2015 @ 4:47AM
New In Game Rule Changes Update Posted by KieferC on June 15, 2015 @ 4:17PM

Pirates of the Burning Sea Dev Closing Down, But It May Not Be the End

Pirates of the Burning Sea Dev Closing Down, But It May Not Be the End - Pirates of the Burning Sea News

Portalus Games is the developer of Pirates of the Burning Sea, but has announced that the studio is closing down effective September 30th due to the departure of Hamled, "the only code writer associated with Portalus Games" and without him, no one else has the skills to write new code. As a result, the remaining developer wanted to give the community 30 days notice because they "believe the first possible replacement for Portalus Games as operator should be with the game community itself."

Posted Sep 04, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Registration Opens & New Seasonal Items

Registration Opens & New Seasonal Items - Pirates of the Burning Sea News

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

Leaving SOE for Portalus Games

Leaving SOE for Portalus Games - Pirates of the Burning Sea News

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

Our Official F2P Review

Our Official F2P Review - Pirates of the Burning Sea News

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

A Peek at v2.5

A Peek at v2.5 - Pirates of the Burning Sea News

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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