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Pirates of the Burning Sea Patch a Step in the Right Direction?

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the no-one-checking-their-rear-view-mirrors-just-yet dept.

Role Playing (Games) 41

The director of development for the disappointing "Pirates of the Burning Sea" recently sat down to share a few of the tidbits in the upcoming patch that is promising a host of improvements. "There were a number of changes in 1.4, but the buccaneer was definitely the big one, because with a new class you have to do new missions, career appearance items, and that sort of thing. That's all taken a lot of effort from a lot of the team. In addition to that, we have set up a lot of trial account restrictions so we can better control the abuse of trial and buddy accounts by gold spammers. We have implemented a number of things, on the back end, to help with customer support. That's an ongoing theme, because as we see more support requests, we provide more tools to make the GMs lives easier."

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Breaking news (2, Funny)

chalkyj (927554) | more than 5 years ago | (#23466856)

MMO releases patch that adds some features. In other news, things still fall downwards.

Re:Breaking news (3, Funny)

peragrin (659227) | more than 5 years ago | (#23467008)

If a game issues an update, but no one installs it does it still make a sound?

Re:Breaking news (1)

CogDissident (951207) | more than 5 years ago | (#23474374)

Even their own forums are full of posts like "save POTBS!" and "slow-death of the burning sea" and so on.

I should know, I was a primary founder of the largest alliance on any of their servers. Almost everyone has left, or is currently leaving this game.

The developers are good at doing patches and such, and generally are the least corrupt and unfair GMs I've ever seen, so I find it unlikely that they paid for this slashvertisement.

!news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23466870)

Posting anonymously for obvious reasons.

Will anyone explain to me why in the world a patch for an obscure game (I had never even heard of it before reading this "article") that doesn't add anything ,that hasn't been done before, has graced the frontpage of /.?

Re:!news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23466954)

Politics, man. Politics.

Re:!news (4, Funny)

Fast Thick Pants (1081517) | more than 5 years ago | (#23467040)

Because it's easy to misread the headline as an awkward anti-pirate joke?

Q: What do call a Patch of Burning Sea Pirates?

A: A Step in the Right Direction!

Re:!news (1)

PFI_Optix (936301) | more than 5 years ago | (#23473894)

Did the Pirates of the Burning Sea patch a step in the right direction? And how does one patch a step? Why is the Sea Patch burning? Maybe they misspelled "see" as "sea". Pirates of the Burning see patch...but wait, how could a pirate see his own patch? Is that patch a lie? Does it hide a perfectly good eye? An eye which sees the patch?

Re:!news (2, Funny)

SBacks (1286786) | more than 5 years ago | (#23467548)

Ah, this is good news. I had no idea what the hell this game was and was worried I am no longer "with it". I'm glad to know this is just some crappy unpopular game I can comfortably ignore.

Butt Pirates With Burning Pee (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23466882)

Never heard of a single person playing this game.

NO ONE CARES (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23466950)

NO ONE CARES

Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23466958)

I remember a big-name gaming site (IGN maybe?) offering beta keys to this game a little while back. Apparently since then it's launched and released some patches and no one cares about it.

This would be news... (2, Insightful)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 5 years ago | (#23466996)

If Slashdot were a POTBS fansite. Wake me up when subscription rates toilet and they sell out to SOE, who puts the game on life support. I mean, Christ. City of Heroes/Villains is adding two new branching classes, a huge number of new combinations for existing class types, and adding anti-spam functions, but where's its top-billed thread?

No. The only way that POTBS is newsworthy, is if they got off their asses and added ninjas and robots to the mix.

Re:This would be news... (3, Funny)

XanC (644172) | more than 5 years ago | (#23467104)

The only way that POTBS is newsworthy, is if they got off their asses and added ninjas and robots to the mix.
And blackjack and hookers. In fact, forget the pirates, ninjas, and robots.

Re:This would be news... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23467642)

... and the blackjack.

Re:This would be news... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23469406)

Ahh, screw the whole thing...

I know it's stylish to bash Sony around here . . . (1)

Prefader (1072814) | more than 5 years ago | (#23467324)

. . . but did anyone not know this game was gonna suck?
It all makes me think of the lead-up to the "Coupon: The Movie" skit on Mr. Show. [unoriginal.com] (Scroll down to the "Greenlight Gang" section). I can totally see that exact same meeting happening in some Sony conference room.

Wasn't Sony. (1)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 5 years ago | (#23474914)

Sony did not produce POTBS. It was produced independently from Flying Lab Software who then approached Sony for help with the platform.

Re:Wasn't Sony. (1)

Prefader (1072814) | more than 5 years ago | (#23475060)

Ahh, I see. I spotted that "station.sony.com" at the end of one of the websites and immediately thought to myself, "well, there's the problem."

Disappointment. (2, Interesting)

Fallingcow (213461) | more than 5 years ago | (#23467370)

Am I the only one who was super-excited upon seeing a screenshot or video of this game, only to be crushed moments later by the discovery that it was another damned MMO?

Sid Meier's Pirates! was cool, but the single-player pirate experience could be done much better. Stupid MMO, getting my hopes up for all of 5 seconds.

Re:Disappointment. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23467456)

I was interested in seeing this game as well. In fact, so much I purchased it and played it...for about 2 months.

Same MMO crap as before. Quest, grind, kill stuff...Ship to ship combat was kinda fun. The only people I saw online were the gold spammers.....

Re:Disappointment. (1)

Mike Buddha (10734) | more than 5 years ago | (#23477978)

Am I the only one who was super-excited upon seeing a screenshot or video of this game, only to be crushed moments later by the discovery that it was another damned MMO?
Oh, cruel fate, why do you mock me? You tempt me with screenshot gems, then flog me with the scourge of human interaction! Oh woe is me!

Wrong on reverse reading. (1)

wagr (1070120) | more than 5 years ago | (#23467636)

Sorry, I initially read this as a patch to "Step in the Right Direction" by the "Pirates of the Burning Sea." As in, Pirates changed the Right Direction.

Then I realized I was wrong and read further to see what it was all about.

Then I read some comments and decided I was closer the first time.

Trial accounts? (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 5 years ago | (#23467686)

What trial accounts? The only trial I ever found was on the Australian servers only. I'm shopping for a new MMO and am installing all the trials I can find.

Does anyone know what they're talking about? Because, I wouldn't mind giving this one a few hours...

Huh? (0)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 5 years ago | (#23467910)

"Pirates of the Burning Sea Patch?" What is a "sea patch," why is it burning, and how do pirates fit into this?

Considering the target audience, I'll assume this has something to do with an MMO expansion, probably WoW. But neither the title nor the article summary mentions that. What if I just started talking about the latest "Wings of the Goddess patch?" What, never heard of WotG?

Re:Huh? (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 5 years ago | (#23468004)

As a matter of fact, I have. And I don't even play FF11. However, your complaint is a bit odd, because "Pirates of the Burning Sea" is the name of the game. I'm not sure how that's any worse than saying "Final Fantasy XI" or "City of Heroes".

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23469298)

FF11 is still running so long after WoW was released? That's more newsworthy than this.

Re:Huh? (1)

the_fat_kid (1094399) | more than 5 years ago | (#23468512)

You kids get off of my lawn!

Re:Huh? (1)

Zencyde (850968) | more than 5 years ago | (#23469932)

Let's play the UID comparison game... oh hey, look at that!

Played it, has potential, but sucks (2, Informative)

Shihar (153932) | more than 5 years ago | (#23469854)

Pirates of the Burning Sea reminds me a lot of Eve. It has a massive amount of potential. You can almost see how awesome the game could have been. You can almost grasp the edges of an interesting economy and combat system. You can almost see wide spread coordination and politics... but in the end, the honest truth is that the economy is crap, the combat tedious, and the politics barren. It has a great deal of potential, but it doesn't live up to any of it.

It seems that this patch add the missing substance that it lacks.

Re:Played it, has potential, but sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23471248)

Eve sucked, sorry but it did. I've played SWG for most of the past five years, and maybe that puts me in the mood for something different. Don't know, but I agree with the comments of Joe in the highlighted article, that says that overall they are attracting an older crowd who are more deliberate in their play style. Now as long as they don't do an SWG on us and try to totally change the game to appease the console kiddies, we might just be able to see this being a great game. Won't appeal to everyone, but that doesn't make it any less great. It just makes it a niche market...

Next patch will add... (1)

Rastignac (1014569) | more than 5 years ago | (#23472240)

...sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads, attacking pirates' boats.
It could really enhance this game, isn't it ?

what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23472680)

i didn't even know it had been released already.

Well I knew Pirates of burning sea would suck ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23475988)

but what is a little interesting to me is that no one has looked at Bounty Bay online. Free to play, only some mild grinding but lots of killing you can do. What I think we all are really waiting for is something like Tabula Rasa that doesn't have such a retarded control scheme and better FPS capabilities then Hell Gate London. I think we need to make House of the Dead an FPSMMO with full VR capabilities. Maybe a free version of planetside instead of the sorta free crap we get from Sony. I'd love to find a decent game with full RPGFPS systems in place, hell I want Starcraft Ghost Online, that be fairly interesting.
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