Do what you want ‘cause a pirate is free!

Yar Har Fiddely-Dee! Pirates of the Burning Sea is on course to join its fellows in Free-to-playness.

We’re preparing to change the business model of Pirates of the Burning Sea from subscription to free-to-play (hence forth to be known as F2P). This is the culmination of a decision that was made back at the end of last year, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to announce it. It’s not a decision we’ve taken lightly, and we’ve put in a lot of planning and work to make this a seamless transition. We’re very excited about this direction for a number of reasons – Rusty’s Devlog

The exact manner that this is going to happen has yet to be revealed. I assume that it’s going to involve some sort of item shop, and quite likely other perks.

How this is going to work in a Realm vs Realm game eludes me though. PvP MMOs try as hard as they can to enable a level playing field, and I don’t see how that can be compatible with having multiple tiers of membership, or useful items for sale. I’m sure this has been considered by FLS, and things will become clearer nearer the launch. I’ll be interested to see what game-balance sacrifices have to be made in order to assure PotBS’s financial future.

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