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Pirates of the Burning Sea to go free-to-play

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Pirates of the Burning Sea, which just recently released its first expansion, Power & Prestige, has announced that its next major update will make the game free-to-play.

The new model will let players play for free, with a chance to purchase premium content, perks, or a subscription plan (The Captain’s Club) which will grant access to additional premium content.

The latest expansion to Pirates of the Burning Sea raised the level cap, added a new Port Governance system for territory control, and added and revamped new fighting schools and many of the game’s systems to improve performance, graphics, and overall gameplay.

Pirates of the Burning Sea joins other games published by Sony Online Entertainment that have gone free to play including EverQuest 2: Extended, Free Realms, and Clone Wars Adventures.

Many formerly subscription based games by other publishers have also been converted to f2p recently including The Lord of the Rings Online.

Pirates of the Burning Sea Gameplay Screenshot

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Flying Lab Software Launches Pirates of the Burning SeaTM: Power & PrestigeTM

Free-To-Play Expected Fall 2010

Seattle, WA (September 16, 2010) Flying Lab Software has released Power & Prestige, the eagerly anticipated first expansion to its critically acclaimed MMORPG Pirates of the Burning Sea™. Flying Lab Software is also announcing that its next major update, expected in the Fall of 2010, will take Pirates of the Burning Sea free-to-play with the ability to purchase premium content and various in-game items such as missions, clothes, pets and more. Players will also have the option to purchase a subscription plan known as the Captain’s Club, which is expected to include access to certain premium content, account upgrades and discounts.

“Since we launched Pirates of the Burning Sea™ in January 2008, players have been battling on the high seas to control the Caribbean. With Power & Prestige’s Port Governance, we’ve added a whole new level of immersion to the struggle for power,” said Russell Williams, CEO of Flying Lab Software. “Players also have access to a wealth of new content, and have a whole new fighting school to master. We’re also excited to make Pirates of the Burning Sea even more accessible by making it free-to-play in the near future so that even more players can enjoy the amazing ship battles, in-depth missions, and the rich Caribbean setting.”

Power & Prestige expands upon the game’s real-time Port Conquest system, allowing players to not only capture ports on behalf of their parent nations, but to also become a Port Governor with great economic and strategic influence. It also contains over 60 new missions, a new “Brawling” fighting school, and much more.

Power & Prestige is available to Pirates of the Burning Sea subscribers for no extra charge as an automatic download. New players can play the expansion by visiting www.burningsea.com/try .

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