December 29th - Calling All Testers!
Now you can play Pirates Online using your web browser! We've created a new site athttp://apps.test.pirates.go.com/pirates/ and need your help testing it out. You can play Pirates in your web browser using Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari. Even though you already have Pirates installed on your computer, you will need to install this new version of Pirates to try it. This may take a few minutes, so please be patient! Please provide us with feedback, bugs or issues you experience during this process here. It's quick and easy to do, just follow the steps below. Thanks for playing!
December 29th - New Years Eve Celebration
Celebrate the coming New Year with Pirates from all over the Caribbean! Gather together with your Guild, Crew and friends to ring in the New Year with noisemakers and a fireworks show that lights up the night sky! Join us on the shores of the main islands of Port Royal, Tortuga and Padres Del Fuego and help bring in the New Year!
To use the noisemaker emote during this celebration, type /noisemaker into Chat.
From the entire Pirates Online Crew, we wish you a peaceful and prosperous New Year!
What: New Years Celebration
When: Thursday, December 31, 2009 through Saturday, January 2, 2010, during nighttime in the game.
Where: Fireworks can be seen from any of the main islands of Port Royal, Tortuga or Padres Del Fuego. They can also be seen at sea, as long as you're close to the shores of the main islands mentioned above.
December 24th - John and Constance Reunite!
Innocent John and Constance Sorrow Reunite...
December 22nd - Scariest Screenshot Contest Winners
There were lots of ghoulish delights and scary surprises in the Caribbean during this past October's Haunted Holidays, everything from the Curse of the Muertos Moon to Jolly Roger's invasions. We asked you to take a screenshot of your scariest encounter and send it to us in the Scariest Screenshot Contest for a chance at a rare Pirates Online collectable. We've reviewed all the entries and here are the 5 Grand Prize Winners with the creepiest, spookiest, scariest screenshot:
Jacob Dark Dragon
Thanks to everyone that entered the contest and congratulations to the winners!
The 5 Grand Prize Winners will receive a Pirates Online Tribal Skull suitable for display with your name and accomplishment! If you are a winner, please make sure your account address information is correct so we can send you your prize!
December 18 - Calling All Testers
Attention all Testers! Players in the game have already been enjoying the invasions on Port Royal and Tortuga, now we're bringing invasions to Padres del Fuego! If you have access to the Test Server, log in now to experience this great new addition to Pirates Online.
Jolly Roger is angered by Pirates that repeatedly repel his forces on Port Royal and Tortuga so Jolly turned his attentions to the town of Padres del Fuego!
Testers, thanks for your help in testing this new feature, we plan to make this feature available to everyone soon. Please note, you may experience bugs and other issues while playing on Test, please help us by reporting any bugs or problems you encounter when playing on Test. We will work to fix these issues as soon as possible. Thank you for playing! Experiencing Game Slowdown? Close ALL programs beside Pirates Online, this includes any IM application or a web browser. Try a 'Quiet' or 'Ideal' server. Try lowering your graphics settings. Want access to the Test Server? We will be sending out more Test Server Invitations to players in good standing soon, sign up for access here.
December 17th - Happy Holidays From Pirates Online
The Pirates Online Crew wishes you the happiest of holidays - and to help lift your spirits, the entire Caribbean has been decked out with jolly decorations like wreathes, holly, stockings (hung with care, of course!) and new this year - Sandmen - the islanders version of a snowman.
We've also added a seasonal emote to the game to help you celebrate through the holidays... just type /noisemaker into Chat - from December 17 and through the New Year you'll be ready to make merry! Enjoy the cooler temperatures, make some noise or grab a photo by some of the decoration spots - enjoy the festivities! Most of all, we wish you the very best Holiday Season ever!
December 15th - Double Experience Weekend
Jolly Roger is turning up the heat with invasions, making all the Pirates of the Caribbean work that much harder to survive. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to gain more experience and level up your weapons in preparation for the battles ahead!
What Pirate couldn't use a little extra Notoriety?
Saturday, December 19 (12PM - 3PM) All Pirates, Basic and Unlimited Access
Sunday, December 20 (12PM - 3PM) Unlimited Access Members only
December 10th - Updates are LIVE!! Jolly Roger Invades Tortuga!!
Release Notes - December 10, 2009
Fixes and Additional Improvements:
Known Issues - December 10, 2009
December 3rd - Experience the Adventure in 3D!
In case you haven't heard, Pirates Online can now be played in 3D! It's fun and easy to set up, for instructions on how to use 3D, or to get a free pair of Pirates 3D glasses, click here. Enjoy a whole new level of pillaging and pirating fun in 3D - try it today!
December 1st - Cave Raids with Pirates Online GMs
November 24th - Brethren FeastJolly Roger's Undead Army invasions have been pushed back for now - so let's have a Victory Feast while we can!
November 20th - Calling all Testers
Pirates Online keeps getting better! And we need your help to test the latest update just released to the Test Server! If you have access to the Test Server log in now! If you don't have access, be patient - we'll be sending out more Test Server Invitations to players in good standing very soon. You can go here to sign-up. Plus, these great NEW FEATURES and other improvements are coming to the Live game very soon:
November 19th - Winner of the Slay a Skeleton Contest Announced!
Neither rain nor fog nor gloom of night could keep these fearless pirates from carrying out their duty to... slay as many of those undead boneheads as possible! Congratulations to the top skelly-slayer, Marc Truefury, we now pronounce you Skeleton Slayer of the Caribbean!
We tip our tri-cornered hats to you!
Marc Truefury: Winner of the Slay a Skeleton Competition
Now Jolly's armies are weakened, maybe we'll have a fighting chance of defeating them in the next wave of invasions! Fight on brave Pirates... here's the rest of those who excelled at skeleton slaying!
November 17th - Now You Can Play Pirates of the Caribbean... in 3D!
November 12th - Slay a Skeleton Competition
Do you have a yearning to defeat lots and lots of those undead boneheads? If so, now's the time. Why? Thinning out Jolly's ranks is one way to slow the invasions and weaken his hold in the Caribbean. So why not make a sport of it?
Help even the odds during the next invasion - defeat as many skeletons as you can!
Much like our popular Strongest Guild Competition, every Pirate must try to defeat as many undead skeletons as they can! It's fun but also, you'll be doing all the Pirates of the Caribbean a service by evening the odds in the next invasion. If you experienced the invasions - you know - there's just too many of them storming the beaches! So start planning today - and may the best Pirate win!
The winner of the competition and final standings will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 19.
November 10th - Calling All Guilds - to Beat Back the Invasion!
Invasions haven't been going as well as we had hoped. What's needed are more strong guilds to help lead the charges - the same guilds whose ranks are filled with hearty, fighting pirates! Now those are pirates to be reckoned with!
Captain Walter encourages you to prepare your guild for battle!
Calling McRaging, The Guardians, The Emerald Sea Gang, Black Bart's Krewe, Hawk's Talons, Fortitude Piratus, Brave Gladiators, Crew Quarters, Phoenix Rizing, Shining Fellowship, Loyal to the End, The Seasfurys, The Savvy, Sinker's Revenge, Ocean Gods, Retribution Iz Near, and Tha Warriors and all the guilds who competed in the Strongest Guild Competition a few months back!
Spread the word, mates! All Guilds are necessary to defeat the menace of Jolly's Undead Army! Get them into the battle before the invasions happen again because, they may have subsided, but the attacks are not over. Now is a good time to sharpen your skills and plot a sound strategy. And the best strategy always includes strong Pirate guilds leading the way. If ALL the guilds don't join in the battle, we may ALL be serving in Jolly's Ranks.
November 5th - Scariest Screenshot Contest - Enter Now
There's still time to enter the Pirates Online Scariest Screenshot Contest! (Many hearty thanks to all pirates who've sent their screenshots in.) If you want to enter the contest do it now, the deadline is November 15th 2009.
Win this creepy skull when you scare us with screenshots of your adventures!
Have you come face to face with Jolly during an invasion? Found your Pirate in a major battle with lots of enemies surrounding you? Seen a ghostly figure? Send your screenshot to us - you could win a Pirates Online Collectable Skull with your achievement and Pirate name engraved on it to proudly display! Don't wait, enter today and remember... the scarier the better!
November 3rd - Gold from a Ghostly Captain
Captain Cromwell haunts areas of Port Royal trying to make good in death what he did wrong in life. To release his spirit from the bonds of earth he must repay gold he stole that was intended to free an innocent man. Read more about Captain Cromwell and John Moses.
Cromwell must repay the gold he stole to free his spirit from the bonds of earth.
Captain Cromwell now roams the earth looking for 'good, worthy Pirates'. If you are one, tell Cromwell when you see him, mention the name of John Moses, or tell him 'I've come for Innocent John.' Cromwell will then give you a secret code that can be redeemed
Example: /CODE TBTWYZLLARRNVLPCKFE22
Please note: When you're given a code, we suggest taking a screenshot (F9) of the code for future reference. Since some characters look similar (for example 5 and S) they may be copied incorrectly if you write the code down. If you write your code down, double-check it to make sure you've written down the code correctly. Codes are for one-time use. Once a code is used it cannot be used again. Codes are not case sensitive.
November 2nd - The Muertos Moon Sets
It struck without warning - the light of the Muertos Moon - and suddenly you were fighting against friends, guild and crewmates. Don't be sorry mates... it was the curse. You couldn't help yourself!
Now that the full moon has gone away, so have Jolly's tricks and terrors... or have they? Since Jolly was forced to retreat so many times, he turned his vengeance to the moon, and cursed all the pirates to fight against once another. That didn't work either, so what will happen next? One thing is for sure... Jolly will return. Count on it. Don't imagine that because you fought him off this time he's given up. Stay ready, and pray for more brave pirates to join the battle.
October 29th - The Curse of the Muertos Moon Returns
The tides are not the only thing affected by the full moon on All Hallows' Eve. Jolly Roger has worked his magic to bring a horrible curse to the Caribbean this Halloween Weekend! Any Pirate on land that is struck by moonlight will be cursed! While those that are at sea or inside are safe, for a time. Read more about the Curse of the
Pirates, note the times the curse will strike and beware the light of the full moon... Jolly Roger's voodoo magic is already working its way through the Caribbean. We've seen many Pirates hypnotized by a strange trance that comes over them without warning! To see if you're affected, open a Chat Window and type: /zombie
October 27th - Ghost Stories of the Caribbean
Ghostly figures have been spotted roaming the Caribbean. Constance Sorrow haunts the swamps of Tortuga, while Old Sooty and Captain Cromwell might show up on Port Royal or a passing Public Ship. These ghosts all have a story. It's up to you to unravel the mystery and help settle their wayward spirits.
Have you encountered a ghost? Report your sightings here!
October 19th - Speedchat Winners Announced!
Thanks to all the Pirates that sent in Speedchat submissions during our Talk Like A Pirate Speedchat Competition. We've reviewed the entries and are proud to congratulate our Talk Like A Pirate Speedchat winners! The five winning phrases below will be added to Speedchat and included in the next game update:
Touch me loot and you get the boot! - Liz Fireburn The horizon be as empty as yer head. - Salty McSeas Treasure be the measure of our pleasure! - Achilles I don't fear death - I attune it. - Francis Daggerwrecker You're a canvas shy of a full sail, aren't ye mate? - Chris Lockflint
October 16th - Prepare to Repel Invaders!
Jolly Roger is taking over the Caribbean and he's starting by invading Port Royal! You can stop him, but you'll need some help. Invasions mark the beginning of a war between Jolly Roger's Undead Army and the Pirates of the Caribbean, so all hands on deck!
October 15th - Face Your Fears - Win a Scary Pirates Online Collectible
Navigating the fierce waters of the Caribbean can be scary. We're sure you've encounter some spine-chilling moments. Share them with us by taking a screen shot of the action. You could win a cool Pirates Online collectible plus, be the envy of Pirates all over the Caribbean. To enter the contest, you will need to have an account and already be logged into the website. Don't have an account? Create one.
The top 5 Grand Prize winners will receive a limited edition Pirates of the Caribbean Online Tribal Skull engraved with their Pirate name and accomplishment. Now tackle those terrifying horrors! Enter the contest today!
October 9th - All Hands! Jolly Roger be Coming Soon!
Rumors about an invasion by Jolly Roger and his undead army just might be true. Join Pirates Online own GMs, the Marceline guild, as we prepare for battle!
Get tips and combat strategies straight from Captain Walter and his crew this weekend!
Look for this skull and torch icon over the heads of Pirates Online GM's and introduce yourself! Only Pirates Online Staff have this icon.
Please note: This is a ROLE PLAYING event. Unless asked to do so by a Pirates Online GM, keep yer weapons stowed during the event. Please be respectful to your fellow pirates - DO NOT participate in disruptive behavior.
October 9th - Strange Days, Haunted Holidays
'Round October Jolly Roger's magic gets even more powerful. As his magic works its way through the Caribbean, everything it touches is affected. His magic has even taken over PiratesOnline.com.
Prepare for strange days ahead Pirates! The month of October is packed with spooky surprises like undead invasions, curses, twisted tales and ghosts. Properly warned
September 30th - New Game Updates on Test
Pirates Online keeps getting better! And we need your help to test a huge update we've just released to the Test Server. If you have access to the Test Server log in now! If you don't have access, be patient - we'll be sending out more Test Server Invitations to players in good standing very soon. Plus, these great new features are coming to the Live game very soon:
Tips for Surviving the Invasion: - Divide and Conquer. Crew up then spread out to defend all the attack points. Jolly's army attacks the town from three locations: 1) The main dock 2) the bridge in the center of town and 3) Port Royal beach (where the shipwright Darby Drydock is located).
We're working to resolve issues that have already been reported, but if you find any issue related to gameplay while on the Test Server please report it here.
September 29th - Casa de Muertos Quest - Wrap Up
Many a brave Pirate took on Captain Rott's challenge and completed the Casa de Muertos Quest - Captain Rott and crew send their thanks. While some pirates were a bit suspicious about the "jobs" they were asked to complete, your desire for gold was stronger. Many, many pirates completed the quest, and now it be too late to
Captain Rott - trustworthy? We think not...
Before heading back out to sea Captain Rott was heard to say, "Pirates from all over the Caribbean helped us prepare Port Royal for his arrival. Our boss is quite pleased." Now that the Casa de Muertos Quest has ended, rumors are spreading throughout the Caribbean - who is this mysterious merchant that hired Captain Rott - and why is he coming to the Caribbean? We'll find out very soon mates - that much is certain.
Did you finish the quest, if you didn't why not? And what do you think will happen now?
September 25th - Live in Los Angeles? We Want Your Opinion!
Pirates Online is conducting a series of in-person group discussions in Los Angeles, California for boys between the ages of 8 to 12. These in-person group discussions will be held on October 27th and October 28th, 2009 and will last approximately 2 hours. Come tell us what you think about your experience playing Pirates Online and receive $100 for your feedback.
September 22nd - Pirates Wanted
Take heed mates. This be the last week for Pirates to complete the Casa de Muertos Quest. As you know, Captain Ezekial Rott and his shady crew from the Casa de Muertos guild are offering large sums of gold to Pirates who help the guild complete a few "jobs." Hurry, the quest ends Sunday, 9/27 - after that date the quest will disappear from your Quest Journal - so complete it now.
Visit Captain Rott and crew on the beach of Port Royal to pick up the Quest.
Find Captain Rott and crew on the beach of Port Royal by shipwright Darby Drydock now until 9/27, but remember mate, Casa de Muertos wants Pirates with some experience for these Quests:
Captain Ezekiel Rott - No level requirement for this Quest Samuel Shaw - An overall Notoriety Level 8 required for this Quest Bill Barrett - An overall Notoriety Level 14 required for this Quest Nathan Gould - An overall Notoriety Level 16 required for this Quest Jeremiah Dedman - An overall Notoriety Level 20 required for this Quest
Were you bold enough to take part in the Casa de Muertos Guild quest? Did you complete the quest and what was the most thrilling challenge?
September 15th - Talk Like a Pirate Week
Avast ya seadogs! Saturday, September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, but we're celebrating all week! Check out what we've got planned for Talk Like A Pirate week, matey:
Got Speedchat? Know a salty (but friendly) Pirate phrase? This is your chance to get that Pirate saying added to the game. Send us your original Pirate phrase (be creative, have fun and keep it clean) and we'll pick the Top 5 best to add to Pirates Online SpeedChat! Get the full details here.
Jolly Roger SoundboardChart a course for laughs when you spoof your friends with these outrageous Jolly Roger soundbites! Jolly Roger's not one to hold his tongue, so watch out! Listen to Jolly Roger.
Talk Like a Pirate to a Pirate GM Event Meet Pirates of the Caribbean Online Game Masters! Captain Walter, leader of the Marceline Guild and his crew of rascals, scoundrels and knaves will be telling tales of voyages past and talking about recent events too! Learn of curses and other news gathered in the Caribbean - while brushing up on yer Pirate speak!
Look for this skull and torch icon over the heads of Pirates Online GM's and introduce yourself! Only Pirates Online staff have this icon.
When: Friday, September 18 from 4PM - 5PM
Please note: This is a ROLE PLAYING event. Unless asked to do so by a Pirates Online GM, please keep yer weapons stowed during the event. Please be respectful to your fellow pirates - DO NOT participate in disruptive behavior.
Are you ready for Talk Like A Pirate Day?
September 15th - Fourth Pirates Film Announced
Dressed as the charming Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp delighted fans when he made a surprise appearance at the D23 Convention last week in Anaheim, California. D23 is the official Disney Fan Club.
Onstage with Depp was Dick Cook, Walt Disney Studios chairman, who helped announce the title and release date of Captain Jack Sparrow's next swashbuckling adventure. Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides will come ashore in the Summer of 2011. The film promises to be another wild joyride for
about a fourth Pirates movie?
September 10th - Compass Points & Other Updates
We hope you're enjoying the latest game updates, exploring the incredible new cave environments and working your way to Level 50! But we've made many improvements to the game and want to explain some of these new features you may have not noticed:
Change your compass settings from the Interface Option
Do you have a tip you'd like to share with the rest of the Pirates Community? Do you have a question or comment about the latest update and new game features? Share it with us here.
September 7th - Crew Days Continue
Ye come seekin' adventure and salty old Pirates? Then you've come to the right place. Every Friday and Saturday night Pirates like yourself meet on Port Royal Beach for
Crew Days give you a chance to make new friends while looking for able bodied crewmates to help complete tasks quicker and easier. No matter if you're looking to join a crew or start one, join us every weekend for Crew Days.
What: Crew Days (A player hosted event.)
When: Every Friday & Saturday night, 5PM - 6PM Pacific Time
Where: Port Royal Beach (where Shipwright Darby Drydock is located) in Antiros and Baraba Oceans for Crew Days!
September 3rd - Brave Pirates Wanted
Meet Captain Rott and crew on the beach of Port Royal by shipwright Darby Drydock from 9/4 - 9/27 to help out, but be prepared, Casa de Muertos is looking for Pirates that have some experience for these Quest:
If you do complete these quests, the gold you earn will be well worth it... Are you up to the challenge of completing the Casa de Muertos guild Quest?
September 1st - Exciting New Challenges
Log in now and experience these great new features just added to the game:
All this plus other improvements and bug fixes - experience the adventure now!
August 25th - Introducing Casa de Muertos
A new guild has been spotted roaming the Caribbean. Led by the notorious Pirate Captain Ezekiel Rott,
Keep an eye out for these rascals - word is you'll
What could this guild be up to? Will you accept
August 24th - New Fixes and More Now On Test
Attention Testers! Thanks for helping us test the newest game updates! Just a reminder, we still need your help to test more of these great new features. In addition to many of the bugs you've reported, we've fixed the following issues:
Please remember we're still fixing bugs, but continue to report any problems or issues you encounter with game play when on Test. Pirates, if you don't have access to the Test server, be patient, these great new features, like NEW cave environments, Notoriety level increases and much more are coming to the live game in a few short days.
August 21st - Guild Spotlight
Aye! Thar be no finer collection of rascals, knaves and scoundrels than the bunch of Pirates we known as the Emerald Sea Gang - led by the notorious Level 24 Zalastar this guild has roamed the oceans of the Caribbean since we Pirates first arrived in
A massive guild of over 400 Pirates, including the spicy Pirate Zoltan Pepper, the Emerald Sea Gang recently ranked as one of the top guilds in the Strongest Guilds Competition, with members like Jeanne Stormcutter, Rosa, Anne Sunwalker, Charlotte Goldstealer leading the charge!
Help us give a mighty Pirate "Yo, Ho, Ho!" salute to the Emerald Sea Gang!
August 21st - Level Cap Increasing
Based on player feedback, we're taking your Pirates Online experience to a whole
Higher level enemies! Pirate Notoriety level increases! New cave environments! It's all coming to Pirates Online in a few short weeks!
You'll need more experience to battle more higher level enemies, so soon the Notoriety level will be raised to 50! These and other great new additions are part of the many improvements that continue with Pirates Online - Join the adventure now!
August 21st - Explore a NEW Underworld
Based on player feedback, we redesigned the cave environments to help improve your game performance, plus, make these areas feel more alive. We're also filling these environments with higher level enemies and adding other requested improvements - like raising the level cap!
Beware! Once you enter the caves, you cross over to the underworld of the Caribbean, a place where NEW higher-level enemies like Jolly Roger's minions and mystic sages rule!
August 21st Bigger, Badder, Meaner
Beware ya lily-livered Pirates! Thar be new enemies soon to be roaming the islands in search of you! Baddies like Twisted Stumps, Undead Executioners, Soldier Wasp, Navy Dragoons and Marines and more! To defeat these enemies you'll need a sharp sword and much more experience (plus a brave crew or mate to back you up) - so what are you waiting for? Get in the game and start preparing yourself for battle!
Are you ready for the challenge? How will you face these new foes?
August 20th - New Caves and more on Test
Pirates Online keeps getting better! We've just released a massive game update to our Test server. If you have access to the Test server log in now! If you don't have access, be patient, these great new features are coming to the Live game very soon:
If you are on the Test Server and find an issue, remember to report it here.
August 18th - Tonic Trouble
Pirates beware! Some Pirates are offering to join your crew and help revive you when you're overcome by enemies during a deadly quest or battle - but instead of making good on their offer to help, they turn their back on those Pirates and let them get sent to jail!
Make sure you know the Pirate you set off for adventure with - especially if he's offering to help you in a situation like the one mentioned above! And for you Pirates who are double-crossing these poor souls - Tis be part of the reason we Pirates have such a
What do you think of the Pirates that offer to help others, only to turn their back on them during times of trouble? Have you been in a situation like this? Tell us about it!
August 11th - EITC Black Guard Return!
The Black Guard are offering rewards for information that leads to the capture of the Marceline Guild in an effort to stop these pirates! But don't trust the EITC mate, no matter what they tell - they're up to no good!
August 7th - Mainenance Scheduled for Monday Aug 10th
The Disney Online Family of Products (which includes Pirates Online) will be performing scheduled maintenance from Monday, August 10th at 8PM Pacific Time until Tuesday, August 11th 7AM Pacific Time.
During this time log-in to the Pirates Online website and game will be unavailable, and those in game may lose connectivity.
These are estimated outage times, maintenance may take longer. In the past, this scheduled maintenance has been delayed due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
August 4th - Pirates That Made a Difference
Pirates from all over the islands did their part to help their guild rank in our first ever Strongest Guild Competition! We salute all the Pirates that participated! But remember guild size isn't everything - it's a Pirates individual effort that truly makes a difference. Take a look at the list below, these adventurers went above and beyond the call of duty and helped put their guilds on top!
July 31st - Strongest Guild Competition
After a week of hard fought battles the islands are a safer place - thanks to Pirates from all over the Caribbean! Pirates came out in force to show their strength and skill - and for those guilds that placed in the final top 40, congratulations!
Thanks to all the guilds that participated in the competition - in many cases it wasn't the size of the guild that put a guild on top, it was the efforts of individual guild members who got out there and truly did their part! Take for example Pirates, like Invincible Warlordof McRaging who defeated a whopping 106,609 enemies during the competition! Our hat is also off to Beth Macstack and Benjamin Warmenace of The Guardians, Molly Bluesilver of Black Bart's Krewe, and Rosa of the Emerald Sea Gang! Outstanding work Pirates, again, THANKS TO ALL THAT PARTICIPATED!
These guilds will be called up to help fight for freedom in future world battles - so guilds, keep your sword and your skills sharp mates! Here now are the final rankings, these are the 40 Strongest Pirate Guilds
July 30th - NEW Game Addition - Now Playable!
Pirates Online keeps getting better - check out the latest game updates:
These and many other improvements - including quest improvements to make adventuring more fun - have just been added to the game! Plus, more great additions are on the way in the months ahead! Log on now and play!
Have you experienced the latest additions? Let us know what you think of them!
July 17th - Calling All Testers - Test Updates
Just released to the Test Server - a new update to Pirates Online! If you have access to the Test Server, log on now and check out these new features and enhancements:
- Revive Option! This new feature allows Pirates the ability to revive other Pirates and keep them from being carted off to jail by the Navy when pirates are knocked "unconscious" during battle.
- Ship Holds have also been expanded - thanks to the hardworking shipwrights, now all ships can carry more cargo!
- Basic members! Now play in full screen from day one!
- Players can now skip the tutorial after creating a Pirate.
These and many other improvements to the game have just been introduced on Test and are coming to the Live servers by the end of the month. Pirates, please give us your feedback regarding the Revive Option as well as any other features you may have tested ... the development team is eagerly awaiting your feedback!
July 17th - Most Enemies Defeated Competition
We're looking for a few good Pirates. No actually we're looking for an entire guild of them. Strong Pirates, with a stout heart, able minds ... who are we kidding, your guild needs to be tough as nails and ready to take on the most ferocious challenge the Caribbean can offer. We need strong guilds to help turn the tide, to help face down Jolly Roger, the EITC and whatever other mayhem may be coming our way -- does your guild have what it takes?
When: July 17, and running until July 26
What: We'll be looking for the guild that have defeated the most enemies, sunk the most ships and beat back the baddest baddies. Of course, larger guilds have an edge -- so if you're not in a strong guild, remember, you can join with smaller guilds or a larger one if you don't think your current guild can get the job done. Your reward, Recognition mate! You'll be featured here on the Pirates website and your guild will become legends in the Caribbean! Plus, you could play a part in future world-changing battles!
PLEASE NOTE: Competing Guild Masters and Guild Officers must not have any account violations for the past 60 days. The guild should also have at least 75% of their members in good standing, with no account violations.
July 17th - Player Spotlight - Pretty Polly
This month we spotlight Pretty Polly. Polly is an very experienced level 40 Pirate that has been sailing in the Caribbean since Pirates first arrived here in the islands.
Pretty Polly is a Founder who helped lead raids on EITC ships in the battle off Padres Del Fuego, but she's also willing to lend a helping hand to Pirate to complete a quest or take on other adventure. We salute Pretty Polly of the McRaging and Founders Guilds!
Got a pirate or guild you think is worthy of the spotlight? Tell us their tale! Include the Pirate's name, level and guild affiliation. To recommend a guild, include the guild name, number of members and make sure to tell us a little about them.
July 14th - Pirates Online Community
For the past several months, the Pirates Online development team has been focused on improving game performance and repairing the foundation of Pirates Online. This was important because before we add anything to Pirates Online, the game must be able to support it. Read more about what we've been working on and why.
What do you think of the improvements to the player experience? Are you ready for new features and content, or do we still need to focus on game performance?
July 14th - Digging For New Treasures
Ship Customization. The Kraken. Loot & Inventory. Pirate Lairs. New Islands. New Quests. We have gotten a lot of good ideas from you, our players. Now which of these are you looking forward to the most?
July 7th - Keep to the Code
More Pirates are joining us in the Caribbean everyday! Just a reminder mates, ALL Pirates are expected to live by the code - the Pirates Online Code of Conduct.
Pirates that don't follow these rules can not only be removed from the game (in some cases permanently) but they also loose the chance for special opportunities, like being selected for the Player Spotlight or a free account upgrade*. Your behavior could also negatively affect your guild if they are being considered for the Guild Spotlight.**
Keep your account in good standing, follow these tips:
Let's make the Caribbean a welcoming place for all Pirates by keeping to the code!
July 2nd - Celebrate Your Pirate Freedom
A recent shipment of goods from Europe has brought with it a surprise - fireworks! In addition to gunpowder, legend claims Pirates from the Far East invented fireworks, which once ignited, shoot into the skies and explode in a cascade of bright lights and sparks.
To celebrate the start of summer in the Caribbean, Pirates will be setting off these fireworks over the main islands. Find a spot on or near the shores of Port Royal, Tortuga, or Padres Del Fuego to watch them and enjoy the show!
'When: 'July 3 (around 6PM) and continuing until July 6, midnight
'Where: 'All Oceans (servers), on or near the shores of Port Royal,
June 22nd - Important Update to Chat Moderation
Starting June 26, 2009, we will add a feature that will detect if players use bad language and will automatically suspend your account if you continue to attempt using foul language. Pirates will be automatically warned two times:
Bad language of any kind is never acceptable in Pirates Online.
On the final warning -- your account will be automatically banned from the Caribbean. The length of time you are removed from the game depends on your account history. If you've had previous violations, you could be banned from the game permanently!
June 19th - 30 Days of Unlimited Access Courtesy of Comcast
Congratulations to the Pirates that have already won
Watch your email - you've still got a chance to win!
UPDATE: This contest is now closed!
June 19th - Guild Spotlight: Black Bart's Krewe
This month we salute Black Bart's Krewe! Led by the notorious LVL 40 Bartholomew Foulsteel, Black Bart's Krewe is a band of nearly 200 rascals and knaves, some of which rank in the top 50 players for overall enemies defeated. A guild of strong Pirates like, Combat Lizzy, Charlotte Firemenace, Molly Bluesilver, and Redfury -- they're not only handy dealing with undead skeletons, but also reach out a hand to help those in need. Many a Pirate's quest (like the liberation of the Black Pearl) has been completed with this guild's help!
Their mission is simple: "To help inexperienced and experienced players work more effectively together through the teaching of teamwork and fair play." A fine mission, keep up the good work Krewe!
June 15th - Father's Day Quest Returns!
Complete the Quest and you'll earn a x2 Reputation reward that is available for a limited time! Start the adventure by visiting Captain Jack Sparrow in the Rowdy Rooster (who will send you to Giladoga!).
June 15th - Calling All Testers!
Bad language of any kind is never acceptable in Pirates Online. We have added a feature that will detect if players use bad language and will automatically suspend your account if you continue to attempt using foul langauge .
It works like this: If you use foul language in chat, you get a warning. If you insist on using bad language, you get one more warning. After that -- your account will be automatically banned from the Caribbean. The length of time you are removed from the game depends on your account history. If you?ve had previous violations, you could be banned from the game permanently!
This feature will be on the Test Servers to start and will eventually be introduced to the Live servers shortly thereafter.
June 11th - Go Incognito as a StowawayLearn how to be a Stowaway.
June 5th - Win 30 Days of Unlimited access
Throughout the month of June, our friends at Comcast are giving you a chance to win 30 days of Unlimited Access to Pirates Online! With Unlimited Access, you can fully customize your Pirate, captain bigger and better ships, and access all the Caribbean has to offer! To enter, just register your account for the chance to win. Make sure to please provide a working e-mail address so that we can let you know if you've won. Hurry though, 10,000 winners will be randomly selected throughout the month of June -- time is running out!
UPDATE: this contest is now closed.
June 2nd - New Features and Updates Now Live
We've released new features and improvements to Pirates of the Caribbean, log in now. This is a perfect chance to begin your life as a Pirate as we've expanded and changed many early game experiences. Enjoy!
Additional Improvements & Bug Fixes:
June 2nd - Important Account and Customer Support Changes
For security reasons, we have removed the ability to tab between Linked Accounts on the Pirate selection screen. Please sign in with each account's unique login and password for the account you want to play. Please remember that your chat settings are set in the account, to change these settings log in and select "Manage Account" from the menu.
Service Hours Change
Please note we've updated our customer support hours. All times are Pacific Standard Time (Los Angeles).
M-F 8AM - 6PM
May 28th - Pirates Unite!
We appreciate the Pirates that answered the call - among them buccaneers like Connor McFury, Kat O'Scarlett, Captain Ron, Richard Robbin, Eric Badbatten who led crews and mates like Richard O'Ginty, James Ingram, Hector Sunmenace and Rachel Bluecastle who helped crew their ships.
Join us again this (and every) Friday and Saturday night from 5 - 6 PM Pacific Time (Los Angeles) for Crew Days! It's not only a great opportunity to form a crew or complete a Quest, but you might also make a friend.
When: 5:00-6:00 PM Pacific Time (Los Angeles), every Friday & Saturday night
Where: Port Royal Beach (where Shipwright Darby Drydock is located) on Antiros and Baraba Oceans
NOTE: During the event, please be respectful to your fellow pirates - DO NOT participate in disruptive behavior and STOW YER WEAPONS.
May 19th - The Black Guard Cometh
It's been rumored the EITC Black Guard are interrogating Pirates for information about the whereabouts of Captain Walter and the Marceline Guild. Be warned Pirates, these devils are also offering rewards for the Marceline Guild's capture - don't trust them mates! Instead continue to take the fight to the EITC on both land and sea!
Have you seen or been interrogated by the Black Guard? Report your encounter here.
When: Fri. May 22, 11 AM - 1 PM
Sat. May 23, 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Sun. May 24, 11 AM - 1 PM, 2 - 3 PM
Mon. May 25, 11 AM - 1 PM, 2 - 3 PM
Where: Port Royal, A & B named servers
NOTE: All times Pacific Standard (Los Angeles). This is a ROLE PLAYING event. Unless asked to do so by a Pirates Online GM, keep yer weapons stowed and during the event please be respectful to your fellow pirates - DO NOT participate in disruptive behavior.
May 18th - Game Update - New on the Test Server
Based on your feedback we continue to make Pirates Online even better! Our latest updates introduce a number of improvements that not only make the existing gameplay more enjoyable but support future enhancements.
If you have Test Server access, we encourage you to log on now and explore these new features. If you don't have access to Test, here's a look at what's coming:
Early Player Experience
Bug Fixes & Other Improvements
We continue to make various bug fixes and tweaks to Pirates based on your feedback, this latest updates such as:
May 18th - Calling All Testers!
Check your email! We've just sent out a whole new batch of invitations to the Test Server. The Test Server is where we test new features and game updates before they're released to the general public. If you are a Tester, log on to the Test Server and confirm your access -- we've released a new game update today.
As with all updates, there may be bugs or issues. If you see any problems, report them to us. Please remember to include very detailed steps on how to reproduce the issue you experienced including where you were, screenshots of the issue and what settings you were running in. This information can prove vital to our developers in solving the problems you report. We are working quickly to fix these issues.
May 18th - Introducing Crew Days
Did you know when you're in a crew you get special bonuses and can level your Pirate up faster? It's true! Crewmates can also help you complete Quests quicker and perform other hard-to-finish tasks with ease.
Whether you're looking to join a crew or start one, we want you to join us weekly for Crew Days. You'll meet Pirates from all walks of life (maybe even a GM or two), ready to crew and set off for adventure!
Don't want to wait? Join a Crew now by boarding a Public Ship!
NOTE: During the event, please be respectful to your fellow pirates - DO NOT participate in disruptive behavior and STOW YER WEAPONS.
May 15th - Shipwrights to Offer New Ship Names
A few months back we gave Pirates a chance to submit your own ship names for addition to the Ship Naming Menu. You really stepped up to the challenge, responding with thousands of great names!
We were looking for unique and creative names that worked with our current list of ship names. Names like Malicious Squirrel, Student Driver and Silent Buttdeadly -- offered us a good chuckle -- didn't get selected, for obvious reasons. Copyrighted names were also not acceptable.
We picked 38 names. These new names have been added to our latest game update and will be available very soon from any Shipwright.
Thanks to all the Pirates that submitted names, including the following Pirates, whose names
Thomas Warmonk, Sir Henry Esq, Li Heartloather, Ashton Seawalker, Molly Ironscarlett, Joseph Cannonshot, Richard, Bald Kane Johnson, Liz, William Blastshot, Bartholomew Calicobones, William Ironeagle, Roger Firekidd, Angel Bladefury, James Hookcrash, Captain Rob, Presley Love, Tracy Goodshot, Santiago, Dustin, Irate Pirate, Johnny Cannoneagle, Solomon Ironhawk, Sasuke, Elizabeth Seahawk, Victoria Morgan, Jack Smithbuckle, Maria Fireheart, Edgar McMorgan and Hector Gunhawk.
These new names will be available soon.
May 15th - Keep to the Code Mates!
Recently the EITC have been seen interrogating Pirates! We're glad to see that Pirates from all over the Caribbean are getting into the story -- some of you have even sided with the EITC as spies!
Role-playing is great, but in any situation, always be respectful to your fellow Pirates! Harassing or threatening Pirates that don't want to role-play is not only rude, but could get you removed from the game. If you want to confront other Pirates and role play as an agent of the EITC, take the action into PVP and respect Pirates that decline your offer. Read the Pirates Code of Conduct - avoid actions that could cause your account to
May 5th - Mother's Day Tattoos
April 29th - Guild Spotlight
April 24th - Calling All Testers!
Several members of our Test Community have been unable to log into Pirates of the Caribbean Online Test Servers -- if you experienced a problem logging in, you'll be happy to know we've fixed the issue and your access has been restored.
If you don't currently have access to our Test Server and are interested in getting access, please sign up for a Test Account. If you meet the requirements (you must have an Unlimited Access subscription), we'll send you an email with further instructions in early May when we'll be preparing new updates for the game to play on Test.
Thanks for your patience as we worked to fix this!
April 21st - Supernatural Secrets!
The Voodoo Doll is given to you by Tia Dalma. You must collect magic artifacts to empower the item. Read more about Voodoo.
Tell us about your Voodoo Doll - have you given your doll a name? Is it your weapon of choice? How did you level it up? When and how do you use it? Do that Voodoo that you do!
April 17th - EVENT - Rewards for All in April
Get ready to level up your Pirate with a Double Reputation Weekend! For a limited time, Pirates with Unlimited Access will get double reputation points when they log in and play. Not Unlimited?Then upgrade your account and take advantage of this exciting opportunity to raise your notoriety.
April 17th - State of the Caribbean
April 17th - EITC Stands Down
Don't back down now Pirates, continue to take the fight directly to the EITC -- our freedom as Pirates depends on it!
Will you continue the fight?
April 17th - Caribbean Spies
Beware Pirates, remember the promises of the EITC are hollow and any agreement with these devils will end badly! Properly warned ye be!
Have you been interrogated by the EITC or asked to spy for the Company? Report your encounter here...
April 17th - EITC Tax Man
Hereby be notified that the East India Trading Company will soon levy a tax on all Pirates of the Caribbean to make up for recent loses of EITC ships and fleets patrolling off Padres Del Fuego. Furthermore, the Company decries that all Pirates involved in the attacks on these EITC ships will be brought up on charges. If convicted of these charges, the Pirate charged and therefore held as guilty against the Company and his majesty's service, will be condemned for their crimes.
April 17th - Basic Access Accounts
April 8th - Keep To The Code
Aye, Pirates we be, but we still must live by the code, and by code we mean the Pirates Online Code of Conduct.
These simple ground rules help protect all Pirates. With the code in mind, here are a few tips to keep your account in good standing:
Read the Code of Conduct - protect yourself and your account.
April 8th - Padres Del Fuego and Other Updates!
Join other Pirates right now as they explore the entirely NEW Padres Del Fuego! The island was redesigned to address performance issues many of our players were having. In addition to the island redesign, we also added other improvements:
April 3rd - Padres Del Fuego and Other Updares on Test!
We've just placed an updated build of the game on our Test Server and we're calling all testers to test it out! The update includes a re-designed Padres Del Fuego as well as other game improvements based on recent feedback we've received.
This is a new update, as of April 2, 2009! We've fixed many bugs you've previously reported but we need your help to test these new improvements. If you've already seen this new update on the Test Server, we'd like to take a moment to thank you and remind you to please send us your feedback. If you haven't, and you have Test Server access, please log on, check it out and tell us what you think.
We continue to improve Pirates Online everyday! Thanks for playing.
April 1st - Prepare to Swab the Deck!
We're excited to introduce a brand-new weapon -- the Cannon Swab! It may look like a giant cotton swab but this harmless looking weapon is deceivingly powerful! In addition to helping you clean your ship (you've heard of "swabbing the deck"), the Cannon Swab can be used to significantly slow down your cannon attacks and reduce waxy buildup. To acquire the Cannon Swab you must first finish the Cannonball Quest Run. Using the Cannon Swab will earn you a Cannon Loading Skill. Here's how it works:
To use your Cannon Swab at sea, follow this simple 6 step process:
To attack Navy Guards and other NPCs using the Cannon Swab, set the weapon in attack position and begin swabbing!
Other great uses for the Cannon Swab:
March 30th - Downloading Pirates of the Caribbean Online
We've added two very helpful links that will help you download or re-install Pirates of the Caribbean Online. Click here for the PC version or click here for the Mac version. You can always find these download links to the game in the Help Section.
March 27th - New Updates on Test - Send Us Your Feedback
March 27th - EVENT - Rowdy Rooster Celebration
Successful attacks on EITC fleets have given Pirates a reason to celebrate!
March 26th - The Battle Continues!
Taking the fight directly to the EITC, this past weekend GMs and Founders led crews in raids on EITC ships off the island of Padres Del Fuego. Our thanks to Dracon, Grace Goldeagle, Lawrence Swordhawk, Achilles, Pretty Polly and other Founders who led crews to go after EITC ships.
March 26th - EVENT - Founders and GMs Recruiting Crews
This Friday, March 27 join GMs from the Marceline Guild and Founders from all over the Caribbean in a show of force as we assemble crews to take the fight directly to the EITC!
Meet Xavier "The Henchman" Hench. He gets the job done, no matter what the task. As the first mate of Captain Walter and a proud member of the Marceline guild, Xavier is quick witted and always eager to help his crewmates.
March 19th - PiratesOnline.com Gets Extreme Makeover
Based on your feedback, we've improved the website to make it easier to find information about the game and discuss it with other players.
March 19th - EVENT - Founders and GMs Recruit Crews
This weekend, join GMs from the Marceline Guild and Founders from all over the Caribbean in a show of force as we assemble crews to take the fight directly to the EITC!
When: 11AM - 2PM, Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22
Where: On the beaches of Devil's Anvil (C named Oceans/servers)
March 17th - Green Seas - Irish Items
Thanks to Pirates like Shamus O' Malley and Captain Walter of the Marceline guild, we're happy to report the EITC won't be shipping any green dyes or inks to Europe this spring. In fact, the Caribbean's resources are staying in the islands as several shipments of EITC cargo were recently raided and barrels of dye and ink were "commandeered" for the Caribbean shop keepers.
March 13th - Where in the Caribbean is Shamus O' Malley?Looking for Shamus O' Malley? Remember, Shamus doesn't like large crowds, look for him off the beaten path or in shops, or lonely beaches. When you do find Shamus, greet him and then whisper the secret phrase. Have a pen and paper handy, Shamus will whisper you a code that can be redeemed in-game for gold! Be quick - Shamus looks to spread his fortune with many Pirates (only on St. Patrick's Day) and will be off before you know it!
March 13th - Spring Blooms, Seas Turn Green
We welcome spring to the Caribbean and with it a mysterious green algae that blooms in the waters surrounding the islands. Legend has it that algae bloom is an omen of things to come - that green seas attract large sea creatures, like whales and giant squids.
March 9th - Send Us a Sea Shanty and Sing Along!
To keep Pirates from tiring of the same old routine, a captain or deckmaster will lead a crew in a "call and response" song - or sea shanty. The tradition comes from Europe where Irish, British and French sailors sing songs to excite their crews. Sea shanties help coordinate work on deck and keep crews entertained during long voyages.
(Chorus) The tide be with us! And just in time!
Pull the rope! Haul the line!
(Chorus) Captain bringin' us home just fine!
March 3rd - Tortuga Tours
Tour the Town, See the Sights!
March 2nd - Several Known Issues to be Addressed!
We have an upcoming patch to Pirates Online that will fix several issues. Here are the release notes for the publish that will happen in the next few days:
February 25th - NEW Tortuga and Other Updates - Now Live!
Based on your comments, we continue to make changes to Pirates Online, with more on the way! What do you think of the NEW Tortuga? Have you had a chance to tour the new town? How about the other updates? Tell us what you think!
February 25th - Update to Player Profile - Introducing Player Friends
The Player Friend feature, currently in Beta, is a new feature that gives you the ability to communicate with any Disney Online Guest! Pirates Online is the first to carry this feature and more products will be joining us to make Player Friends an exciting addition that will allow you to see Player Friends when he/she logs in to any Disney site such as Disney.com!
February 20th - Mardi Gras
Join us this weekend, and the days leading up to Fat Tuesday (Feb. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 from 12PM - 3PM PST) for Mardi Gras!
February 19th - Pirate P.I.'s - Investigating Rumors
February 17th - Maintenance on our Oceans servers
We are performing maintenance on our Oceans (servers). To do this we must temporarily reduce the number of Oceans available. The Oceans will return when maintenance is completed. Please see below for the affected Oceans.
February 13th - Ship Naming Contest
January 30th - Known Issues
We hope you had a chance to check out the new Port Royal! We made a lot of changes and we know there are some issues in the recent release, and we are working to resolve them. For instance, we know that the text describing emotes is not showing up in chat. We are currently working on a fix.
January 30th - Changes to the Player Profile
We've enhanced and simplified the way to interact with pirates in the game. Below are some changes we have made.
January 30th - New Game Enhancements and More
Based on your comments, we've made massive changes to Pirates Online and more are on the way! What do you think of the new Port Royal, the new Tutorial, improved menus and other changes?
January 27th - New Pirates Online Preview!
Here's a sneak peek at what we're working on for the new Pirates Online website. This is one of the concepts that we're exploring to update the site and feature more community events.
January 27th - New Updates on Test - Send Us Your Feedback
We've just put a new build on the Test Server, if you've played it we'd like to take a moment to thank you and remind you to send us your feedback! If you haven't, and you have Test Server access, log on now and check it out.
January 23rd - Feats of Strength - First Weekend Competitors
Thanks to all the Pirates that signed up for the Feats of Strength Competition. The response has been overwhelming! THANK YOU! Many, many Pirates are set to compete. Thanks for your patience as we worked to complete the schedule!
January 17th - Feats of Strength Prize Redemption
January 15th - Feats of Strength Overview
All contestants should read these rules and familiarize yourself with the event challenges before the event.
January 14th - New Port Royal on Test
Something's going on in the Caribbean. Specifically Port Royal, where in the coming days, the town will be changed by a cataclysmic event - and what will rise from the rubble will be a completely NEW Port Royal. What do you think of the images of the new town?
January 13th - Feats of Strength Contest Sign Up
Due to the overwhelming amount of submissions we've received, we're now closing the sign-up. Thanks for signing up!
January 9th - Live the Pirate's Life Contest
Due to popular demand, we've decided to extend the Contest deadline to February 15, 2009 and allow you buccaneers the opportunity to send us more great videos of how you live like a Pirate!
January 8th - Pirate New Year's Resolutions
In 2009, the Pirates Online Crew is cutting back on the bacon and the drinking. (Does coffee count as drinking?) We're building a ton of new features and exercising our Pirates. (Captain Walter seems to be getting a little soft around the middle and needs to level up that cutlass!) What are you doing to get in shape - what arrrr your Pirate's New Years Resolutions?