The Legend of Pirates Online (TLOPO) is an ongoing fan-made recreation of Disney's now-closed MMO, Pirates of the Caribbean Online (POTCO).
The Legend of Pirates Online is a free-to-play fan-made recreation of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Online (2007-2013). We are a massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) built for players of all ages. Live the life of a Pirate battling fierce enemies, plundering ships on the vast High Seas, and defend the Caribbean from the nefarious Undead Pirate, Jolly Roger!
Pirates Online was a one-of-a-kind online game. No other game of its kind has ever captured the vibe that is Pirates. This is where our journey begins; here just like many of you, as players of the original game. And on September 19th, 2013, the final voyage set sail. In an instant, a large piece of our identity as individuals were lost.
In our years playing, we had a large sentimental value built up in this game. Years of friendships with our online comrades, now gone forever. Soon after the closure of the game, a group of us began to form together around this crazy idea: "Is it somehow possible to keep Pirates Online open?"
At the time, we knew next to nothing about how to even program a computer - let alone how to run an online game; most of us were naive high school students who had never touched a line of code. Nevertheless, we had a dream and we intended to follow it. We began to teach ourselves how to program computers and started assembling a larger crew to assist in the effort, pushing forward in our progress day by day, week by week, year by year.
After two years of development effort, on September 11th, 2015, we launched a Closed Alpha version of The Legend of Pirates Online. This version of the game released with a very limited amount of features and required players to register with "Alpha Keys". Players were only able to create a pirate, chat, make friends, run around, enter interiors, and see NPCs. As alpha progressed, we released more minor features, such as Blackjack, Fishing, Poker, Potions, and Ship Repair.
On June 19th, 2016 we launched a Semi-Open Alpha version of the game. This launch contained the PlayTime and Queue system, allowing players to either choose a time slot to play the game on the website or wait in the queue on login and enter when a slot became available. The Alpha test period of the game ended on September 19th, 2016.
Following the end of Alpha, we began to rebuild our server infrastructure to be able to scale to support many more players; and after about three months of private development, we launched Semi-Open Beta on December 9th, 2016. This release brought back many of the core features of the game, Barbers, Enemies, Flagships, Guilds, Looting, and Questing.
Soon after launching Beta, we began to realize flaws in the way we had rewrote the game, which would make it almost impossible to support the codebase long-term. In response to this, we split our programming team into two sub-dev teams: A team continuing to provide updates for the current live version so we wouldn't bore players in the meantime; and a team rewriting the entire game from scratch for a second time.
After the rewrite team reached a critical milestone point in their development, we consolidated the two sub-dev teams and closed down Phase 1 of Beta to prioritize our efforts on completing the rewrite.
On May 21st, 2017, after two and a half months of private development time, we launched Phase 2 of Semi-Open Beta; this contained the aforementioned rewrite of the client and server.
On September 19th, 2017, we launched Open Beta. Our player registration counts began to increase exponentially, and we have since grown to over a quarter of a million registered pirates!
Since our release of Open Beta, we have released multiple game expansions, such as Hollowed Woods and Forsaken Shallows; as well as hundreds of performance optimizations, quality of life improvements, higher quality textures, new clothing and outfits, new tattoos, new jewelry, new shopkeepers, a new lobby system that replaces the matchmaker, and significant graphical improvements!
We are now working on the next expansion for The Legend of Pirates Online. An adventurous prospective that improves upon the game in every way. We have new Story Quests being written and new Lobby Game Modes on the horizon!
We have been proud to serve you and can't wait to see where this journey takes us next.
~ The Crew @ The Legend of Pirates Online
The Legend of Pirates Online is not associated with The Walt Disney Company and/or Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (or the affiliates of either party).
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