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Posted: Feb 4th 2010 11:14AM ed anger said

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hmm, from 11 original servers down to 2. ouch.

Posted: Feb 4th 2010 11:32AM TheJackman said

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Lucky for the Pirates of the Burning Sea, Sony will not shot it down they will just let it bleed...

Posted: Feb 4th 2010 11:50AM (Unverified) said

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How is that bad for the players Jack?

Not consolidating is a bad thing. Shutting down the game is a bad thing. Just mention Tabula Rasa here.

Can't win with MMO forum community, everything is bad.

And we wonder why our genre is all over the place.
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Posted: Feb 4th 2010 12:32PM GenericPerson said

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I don't think Jack is telling anyone that shutting down servers is bad as much as he is telling you that Sony is going to run this into the ground much like they've done with all their previous games.

I feel horrible for Flying Labs because they have some really good ideas, sure hope they get to introduce them.
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Posted: Feb 4th 2010 1:30PM TheJackman said

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Dave is right! Thats what I was trying to say.
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Posted: Feb 4th 2010 2:42PM Sonoran said

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Sony has nothing to say about the direction of development in this game. Sony is only under contract to include this in their "Station" suite of games.

FlyingLabs and their venture partners own the rights to the game and the run the business. They make the devel decisions. So for better or for worse the game will be what FlyingLabs makes of it.
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Posted: Feb 4th 2010 11:45AM Sonoran said

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It's an interesting story... as far as I can tell Flying Labs is in heavy development on this game. They have an ambitious plan to introduce Port Governance and several other features. The players that are still in the game are absolutely loyal, they like the setting, timeframe, the fact that the game's not *as* fantasy-based as other MMO's (which includes SciFi) and the ship PvP.

I don't think they've experienced any significant loss of players lately, it's just that after the big rush at launch (and a bungled attempt to address ganks) they settled into a stable population that's too small to provide enough players for as many servers as they had up.

I played this game for about 9 months and have been out of it for about a year. I think I'll transfer my characters and maybe take advantage of the free play they're offering old accounts. Every once in a while I miss playing PotBS

Posted: Feb 4th 2010 12:31PM Luk said

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What free play are you talking about, Sonoran?
I wish i had some to move my toons from the old account too.
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Posted: Feb 4th 2010 2:42PM Sonoran said

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Yes, veteran players with a station account (even if no games are active on your account) are being offered free play time. Also you can just log in at www.burningsea.com now with your Sony Station credentials and transfer your characters, I just did and I don't have an active game account. Here's part of the email I received:

What if my Pirates of the Burning Sea subscription isn't currently active?
Between February 5, 2010 at 12:01 AM PST and March 5, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST, accounts of former players that were closed between January 22, 2008 and January 15, 2010 will be reactivated for up to twenty-nine (29) days of free play*, which will allow you to transfer your characters to the Roberts or Antigua server and try out new features that we have implemented since you last set sail.

Important Dates
2/2/2010 05:00AM Patch 1.22 Goes live
2/5/2010 12:01AM Character transfers open.
3/5/2010 12:01AM Blackbeard, Defiant and Rackham servers are closed.
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Posted: Feb 4th 2010 12:40PM oxlar said

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I knew there wouldn't be much of a market for this game when it was first announced. No big surprise here.

Posted: Feb 4th 2010 1:16PM (Unverified) said

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They are giving 29 free days for veterans who might want to check the game...

Posted: Feb 5th 2010 1:33AM Dread said

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Umm..Sony never harmed this game at all, FLS with their incredibly stupid and botched decisions are holey and soley to blame for the decline and fall of what was a great game in BETA turned into a steaming pile of crap that no one wants to play any more.

PotBS is the poster child for Dev Teams of how NOT to run an MMO.

PotBS was a great concept, beautiful game to play, well thought out, great community etc....then come the botched (from an Aussie perspective) launch the Devs went to water and started making stupid dev decisions that were the opposite of what the players were calling for. Hell, I got a years free subscription and never bothered to login again after a month.The game today is a pale lackluster imitation of what was once a great game that will be remembered sadly.

Posted: Feb 8th 2010 3:30PM (Unverified) said

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I say:
- Drop the onland side of the game and concentrate on the fun naval battle, crew improvment, port take-over, ocean discoveries, etc.

- Drop the subscription model for a free-to-play one. Ain't gonna pay 15$ a month for a game I would only play once in a while but I would definitely pay some bucks here and there to improve my experience as I see fit.

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