|Pirates Online News Archive||Release Notes|
This Newsletters page will list all email newsletters sent out in the world of Pirates of the Caribbean Online during the year of 2007. But, for the latest information - also check Pirates Online or Pirates Forums!
December Game Insider
You can dive deeper into the Pirates Online experience with the all-new Pirates Online Players Channel. Check out other Pirates' stats, set up or view events for your Guild, access additional leaderboards, or create your own customized Pirate Channel, and more. Here are some of the features available:
DIRECTORY Use the directory to find any Pirate (Notoriety level 2 or higher) or Guild in the game. Disney XD PIRATES After you've found one of your friends, you can view all their stats, as well as the following:
It's been an exciting first month for Pirates Online! Since the game launched, our players have accomplished some amazing things:
Our development team has been hard at work during the last month, putting out regular releases to address issues that you, our players, are telling us about.
Grab your crew and head to the local tavern - and don't forget to bring your luck - you'll need it! Next Friday, December 28, we're kicking off our weekly Blackjack Fridays. Hang out with your Guild, meet other Pirates, sharpen your card-playing skills, and most importantly, have some fun. Here are all the details - we'll see you there!
What: Blackjack Fridays
Come February, you will have the chance to give your Pirate a whole new look. Here are just a few of the customization options coming to Pirates Online:
Stay tuned for further game updates and announcements!
There are many different factors that can contribute to a decrease in game performance. Here is a list of quick-and-easy tips that you can use to help enhance and improve your game-play experience:
Check out the Pirates Online Player Map to see all the different places where people are playing Pirates Online in the U.S.
Since chat is such a big part of your experience in Pirates Online, we wanted to be sure everyone was clear about the different chat options that are available to you, and how to use them. Pirates Online offers three types of chat: Speed Chat, Speed Chat Plus; and Open Chat. For more information, or to review the Pirates of the Caribbean Online Code of Conduct, check out the Game & Chat Policies page on our Web site.
Choosing a name for your Pirate and/or Guild is one of the many important decisions you'll make in Pirates of the Caribbean Online - this is the first impression others have of you, and therefore, should be chosen wisely. Check out our Name Approval Guidelines to help you determine what types of Avatar and Guild names are appropriate.
From December 28 through January 6, the player with the most Blackjack hands won each day will be awarded an 8GB iPod Touch! Visit the Contest Page for complete details.
'A: We'd greatly appreciate any help you can provide to make our chat dictionary more robust. We'd also like to encourage players to send us suggestions for additional phrases that they'd like to see added to the Speed Chat drop-down menu. Any and all of these suggestions can be sent to us by using the Contact Us form.
Before you belly up to the Blackjack table in the Rowdy Rooster or King's Arm, you'll want to make sure your game knowledge and skills are up to par. Here's some important information you'll need if you want to leave the tavern with more booty than you walked in with.
Brushing Up on Your Blackjack Skills
Your Main Objective While Playing Blackjack:
ACE: 1 point or 11 points (whichever you need most)
For players new to Blackjack, here's how the game works:
Want some tips? Read More
November Game Insider
After several years of hard work by our development and publishing teams, we officially launched Pirates Online at 11:30 PM on October 30, 2007. If you haven't already, we invite you to jump into the game and embark on the adventure of a lifetime!pictures from the event as well as included some footage in this month's Video Insider.
See how you stack up against other Pirates! Visit the leaderboards to see the top 25 ranked Pirates in the following categories: Overall Notoriety, Enemies Defeated, Ships Sunk, PVP Wins (Team Battle), PVP Wins (Mayhem), and the Number of Blackjack Hands Won.
Need help? Check out the Player's Guide where you can find information on anything game related, including quests, PVP (Pirate vs. Pirate), adventures on land or sea, chat, parlor games, and more!Click here for complete details on the program.
You can now add the Pirate Translator to your profile on your favorite social networking site. Click the link above to "Grab It."
Thanks for all the feedback you've continued to provide -- it's great to hear what our community has to say, so keep it coming!
This sounds like a case of our DEV's showing off! Stay tuned for fun emotes that may be unlocked by certain quests and notoriety gains.
Read here for more Player Q&A.
Careen: To turn over a ship and clean the barnacles and seaweed from its bottom.
Sink Me!: An expression of surprise -- as in: "Your friend hasn't made a Pirate yet? You've got to be sinking me!"
Flank: The maximum speed of a ship. Faster than "full speed."
Squall: A sudden, violent wind often accompanied by rain. Better put on a coat!
The "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction was originally envisioned as a walk-through attraction.
Online Halloween launch event!
October Game Insider #2
Pre-Order Unlimited Access
Pre-Order Unlimited Access to Pirates of the Caribbean Online and become an official member of an elite crew of founding pirates! With your pre-order you will receive:
- 50% off your first month - that's only $4.95!
Click here for more information or to Pre-Order now.
Who: You and your fellow rogues (that includes family and friends)
When: Wednesday, October 31 from 3 PM to 6 PM (PT)
When you arrive, be sure to let us know you're a member of the player community -- who knows, maybe you'll find yourself with some extra loot! We hope to see you there!
Go behind the scenes with Kevin McNally (Joshamee Gibbs) as he lends his voice to Pirates of the Caribbean Online! Find out what it's really like to be transformed into a video game character in this month's Video Insider.
For this month's Developer Diary, we decided to hit up our executive producer, Jason, again for an inside look, and some info, as to what's been going on in the second phase of Beta. Check out what he had to say about the state of the game, his feelings on Beta Phase 2 and any other random thoughts he felt inclined to share.
We thought the Halloween season would be a perfect time to create an art pack filled with images that portray the frightening eeriness that is Jolly Roger and his undead crew! Download the art pack here.
Caption This Contest - And the Winners Are ...
"Let's get to the root of our problem shall we mister stump? Keep your branches to yourself and just leaf me alone wood you."
Visit the Contest Page to see a complete list of winners.
We've received some great feedback over the past few months - please, keep it coming! Check out the Player Q&A section of the Web site to find out what your fellow pirates are itchin' to know.
Not yet, but we are planning on expanding the game in the future to be able to customize what types of cannons, broadsides, prows, and sails you have on your ship, as well as other cool ways to make your ship unique. Click here for more Q&A
Shark Bait: Anyone thrown overboard without a life jacket. Don't trust a pirate - if you're thrown overboard without a life jacket, you're about to feed the fish.
Stink Pot: Glass container that is first filled with rotten meat or other putrid items, then with gunpowder, and is then detonated. Basically, it's the pirate version of tear gas...smells so bad, it will make you cry.
Shiver: A wooden splinter. The timbers of a hip splintering during battle gave rise to the infamous pirate phrase, "Shiver me timbers."
Go behind the scenes with Kevin McNally (Joshamee Gibbs) as he lends his voice to Pirates of the Caribbean Online!
October Game Insider #1
|Happy "Talk Like a Pirate Day"!|
Don't forget - September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! This holiday was created back in 1995 by a couple of salty old pirates who decided that, on this day, everyone should do nothing but talk like a pirate.
Don't worry if your pirate speak is feeling a little rusty - we've got you covered. With our new Pirate Translator, you simply type in any phrase you want to "pirate-ize", or choose from a list of useful phrases we've provided, and hit the translate button...you'll be on your way to perfect pirate speak in no time!
Developer Diary: From the Producer's Deck Check out this month's Developer Diary, where our producer, Jason, gives us an update on what's been going on since Phase 1 of the Beta test ended, and provides a glimpse into some of the exciting things the VR Studio has in store for Phase 2! You should also check out this month's new Video Insider, which features an in-depth commentary on the latest game updates, complete with new game play footage.
Visit the Downloads section where you'll find a host of brand new assets, including new screenshots, icons, and wallpapers!
To celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day, we thought it would be a perfect time to kick off the Live Like a Pirate contest! To enter, create a video or send us a photo of how you live (and talk) like a pirate or at least how some pirate traits have invaded your life.
Whether you're constantly reprimanded for bringing your parrot into work, have 'customized' the family car so that it now resembles a fierce galleon, or occasionally throw in an 'Avast' or 'Savvy' into your daily conversations, we want to know and will award the 5 best photos and the 5 best videos with 30GB iPods. Get all the details here!
As your comments and questions keep pouring in, we're doing our best to answer them! We really like hearing from you - so keep them coming! Be sure to continue to check out the Player Q&A section of the Web site for answers to our players' most burning questions!
Are player ships allowed to sink other player ships outside of the PVP playing mode? There are people near Cuba (switching seas) that sink anyone outside their guild. In other games, you can't be sunk unless you go over certain boundaries or reach a certain level - this allows more fair play. Is this how it will be in Pirates Online?
We've received a number of questions similar to this one - so we figured it must be a hot one! If players decide they want to fight each other, they can use the game's Lookout System to get matched up for player vs. player combat and blast away all they like. Otherwise, players will NOT be able to damage each other's ships (through any means, including ramming and cannons) when in the open (non-PVP) area.
I am a level 7 player and I wanted a flintlock pistol, so i bought one. When I went to the "weapons" section to equip it, it was red and said "need pistol training to use" - I figured I would get pistol training later in the game. Later on, I saw a level 5 member using a pistol! I just want to know how I get pistol training so I can use it. Please help me!
Thanks for sending us your question...we hope this helps to clear up some of the confusion! So, before you can even purchase a pistol, you must learn about the Pirate Code and complete pistol training. In order to do this, you must complete the quest in the tutorial that sends you to visit Barbossa on Devil's Anvil. Upon completion of this quest, Barbossa will give you your first pistol - the Flintlock Pistol. Other types of pistols can be purchased in stores, but keep in mind, they have minimum level requirements.
Scuttle: to sink a ship - good if you're the sinker, bad if you're the sinkee.
Dive deeper into land-based combat and get a first-hand view into the latest changes
to the game.
August Game Insider
July Game Insider
March Game Insider
Pirates of the Caribbean Online is approaching its launch date and has already been previewed by several top gaming sites! Check out their reviews here.
The combat system within Pirates of the Caribbean Online has many different layers and dimensions - enough to satisfy even the most seasoned MMO player. From high-seas ship-to-ship cannon battles and PVP arenas to epic Boss Battles - from the second you step foot in the Caribbean, you're bound to be met with a series of combat challenges. This latest newsletter is dedicated to giving future players a crash course in the game's enemies, as well as the different forms of combat: land and sea.
Check out a few of the long-awaited Screenshots featuring your favorite Pirates film characters, including Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann.
Click here to view the latest Video Insider, which showcases combat within the game and follows the Pirates of the Caribbean Online development team to a fast-paced fencing tournament in San Francisco. Learn how the combat system is structured and check out our crew's combat abilities!
We've updated the Crew Bio page to include a few additional team members. Take a look at their interviews and check back soon for more!
Check out the latest entries in our series of Developer Diaries -- each focusing on a different aspect of the game's development process, specifically combat.
Building & Outfitting Ships:
Land & Sea Battle:
As your e-mails keep pouring in, we'll continue responding to them in the Community Q & A section of the site. Send in questions or comments on anything from avatar customization to ship features to storylines. This is your chance to talk directly to the makers of Pirates of the Caribbean Online! Read a sampling of what your peers are asking about!
February Game Insider
Shhh - We're giving away the secret a little early... On March 18, Pirates will invade select cities across the country, and you could be among the select few with a ticket for this exclusive event. Be the first in the world to experience the trailer premiere for "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and celebrate with other lucky fans. Click here to visit Disney.com starting Friday, March 9 to have a chance to win!
From the moment you set foot on the islands of the Caribbean, players will encounter and ultimately learn the mystical powers of voodoo. This supernatural force is woven throughout the game's storyline and gameplay, from the ability to summon swarms of wasps on your enemies to the healing powers of the Voodoo Doll that you carry. Read on to discover how voodoo is used in Pirates of the Caribbean Online and learn more about its ancient background! Read More
Take a look at the newest Video Insider on voodoo and the supernatural forces within Pirates of the Caribbean Online. You'll see how voodoo is used as a weapon within the game and also get a glimpse inside a real voodoo practitioner's shop in New Orleans
We've updated the Crew Bio page to include a few additional team members. Take a look at their interviews and check back soon for more!
Delve into the latest Developer Diaries -- each focusing on a different aspect of the game's development process:
Voodoo Learn the ins and outs of an untraditional pirate weapon - voodoo! Voodoo powers can be used in-game to both defeat enemies in combat and heal yourself or other players. Taught by the mystical Tia Dalma, Voodoo is one skill that every pirate can practice - starting with the ability to teleport to other islands!
Click here to view the full Developer Diary series, including the most recent releases.
As your e-mails keep pouring in, we'll continue responding to them in the Community Q&A section of the site. Send in questions or comments on anything from avatar customization to ship features to storylines. This is your chance to talk directly to the makers of Pirates of the Caribbean Online! Read a sampling of what your peers are asking about.
January Game Insider
Pirates of the Caribbean is an epic adventure set against the backdrop of history. It is a world where the real coexists with the unreal and where the conflict between what is primal and what is civilized is raging out of control. Read More
Pirates of the Caribbean Online may not have launched yet, but you can still enjoy a piece of the adventure today. Download the Desktop Galleon and complete a series of fast-paced, ship-to-ship cannon battles, collect gold, and unlock hidden treasure. If luck's on your side, the more you play, the more handsomely you'll be rewarded in-game.
Watch the latest Video Insider to see how the VR Studio brings the game characters to life. First, see how the artists and animators build characters like Elizabeth Swann and incorporate their unique physical features and traits. You'll also see a preview of the "Create-a-Pirate" system, used to build your own in-game pirate avatar.
We've updated the Crew Bio page to include a few more tricksters and pirate rogues. Take a look at their interviews and check back next month for more!
Check out the latest updates to our Developer Diaries, each focusing on a different aspect of the game's development process:
Pirates Mythology Read up on how the history and mythology of the Pirates franchise are integrated into the game, whether the storyline, different game environments, or film characters.
Click here to view the full Developer Diary series, including the latest two releases.
As your e-mails keep pouring in, we'll continue responding to them in the Community Q&A section of the site. Send in questions or comments on anything from the types of weapons available to ship features to storylines. This is your chance to talk directly to the makers of Pirates of the Caribbean Online! Read a sampling of what your peers are asking about.