Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas is a non-commercial PC game being developed by PiratesAhoy!, and is to become the historical seafaring game to end them all! Fun, realistic gameplay on land and at sea, set during the Age of Sail, will provide extensive free play, exciting scripted storylines and intense multiplayer scenarios.

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Have your say; New logo; Programmers wanted... Read on to find out more!

Posted by Armada_ on Apr 23rd, 2013


Have your say; New logo; Programmers wanted


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Ahoy everyone!

Here is a quick summary of recent events and the situation as it stands, with regards to the PiratesAhoy! community's ambitious indie project, Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas.


We want your input!

Recently, our team has had differing opinions over what kind of content we should include, and how it should be presented in normal gameplay and storylines or quests. So, we decided to publish a short survey for you, our fans, to voice your opinions regarding a few key points of discussion.We would also like to take this opportunity to find out what kind of hardware you have (or will have), to give us an idea of the boundaries we should keep in mind while developing the game.


UPDATE 21/09/2013: The survey is now officially CLOSED.


A huge thanks to everyone who participated in shaping the future of this project. We are extremely grateful. :)



New logo design

After much debating about the art style we want to aim for, we have settled on a new logo which represents a minimalist, contemporary design philosophy. This was first shown off in part by the interface concept art we posted, and has continued to show in our latest concept work. Here's the full logo as it now looks:
Hearts of Oak Logo


Programmers wanted! UDK experience preferable!

At present, only one of our active programmers has experience in writing UnrealScript, and unfortunately he is bogged down with other work, so progress on prototyping various game systems is extremely slow. Therefore, we're stepping up recruitment to ask for more programmers to join our efforts.
We're looking for the following qualities:
- Extensive programming knowledge; experience with UnrealScript preferable
- Able to collaborate with other programmers
- A fair amount of free time to dedicate to the project
- Interest in the Age of Sail preferable
Please remember we can only accept VOLUNTEERS; we cannot offer payment at this time.
If you wish to apply to join the team, please visit our recruitment forum and introduce yourself.
If you're not a programmer, you can still help by spreading the word! If you know someone who might be interested in the project, please do point them in our direction.
It should be noted that we have several talented 3D and 2D artists that are hard at work producing the game's assets; you can see some of our renders and concept art showing off recent work.
We are still recruiting for these posts, so if you have experience with 3D modelling, 2D texture work or user interface design, head on over to our recruitment forum and let us know!

For more information about Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas, and to join our discussions, please visit our forums: Piratesahoy.net

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plyuto518
plyuto518 Apr 23 2013, 8:34pm says:

Cool!

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RoboTyphoon
RoboTyphoon Apr 23 2013, 11:58pm says:

Submitted my survey; it'd be interesting to know how people favored certain things, I hope you publish those results when everything's all said and done.

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Armada_ Author
Armada_ Apr 24 2013, 3:34pm replied:

You can now view the results live via this link: Docs.google.com

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MillyRainbowskittlez
MillyRainbowskittlez Apr 25 2013, 6:32pm replied:

I find that interesting : D
It lets us see pretty much what youll be going for, sort of.
Question though, has this really helped? xD i noticed alot of people put 10 on everything but extreme fantasy xD

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Armada_ Author
Armada_ Apr 25 2013, 7:38pm replied:

Well back on the forums, we had previously been making assumptions of what our fans might want, in comparison to what our various devs want, and there were some areas we couldn't agree on. So we decided to settle things the scientific way. :P

Plus, some of the results are actually surprising. I didn't expect people to be so enthusiastic about realism. (Though the extreme fantasy results don't surprise me)

The hardware question is particularly useful, too. Again, I don't think any of us expected so many people to have very capable PCs!

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MillyRainbowskittlez
MillyRainbowskittlez Apr 29 2013, 6:07pm replied:

Yeah, alot of people seem to like to upgrade their pc just to play the really cool new games, like bioshock infinity for example. Its also a neat feeling to run on super high graphix like its nothing xD

The realism wasnt much of a shock to me, since i played aop2 and potc with their mods set to as real as possible xD

However... I will put this out here.. Ships and Airships, gatling cannons, and steampunk galore ... That would be one hell of a pirates game. Should write that off for another game. xD that would be freakin awesome!

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Pieter_Boelen Creator
Pieter_Boelen Apr 30 2013, 5:18am replied:

"However... I will put this out here.. Ships and Airships, gatling cannons, and steampunk galore ... That would be one hell of a pirates game. Should write that off for another game. xD that would be freakin awesome!"
An Air Pirates game, eh? Could be interesting. Wouldn't be OUR game though.

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Armada_ Author
Armada_ Apr 30 2013, 11:56am replied:

Too right it wouldn't be our game, because it's already been done (airships, at least): Ludocraft.com :P

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Sanguinius
Sanguinius Apr 24 2013, 1:54am says:

Submitted the survey, tho sadly my computer is nowhere near the minimum requirements for the game :(

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MillyRainbowskittlez
MillyRainbowskittlez Apr 25 2013, 6:33pm replied:

What will you need to upgrade? Mine is cpu speed, and video card, which i was already going to be upgrading anyway xD

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Sanguinius
Sanguinius Apr 26 2013, 7:05am replied:

Everything actually...my computer is 8 years old :)

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MillyRainbowskittlez
MillyRainbowskittlez Apr 29 2013, 6:10pm replied:

oh cheese! No wonder xD you need an upgrade anyway xD Even my old pc is old and needs it, and its only 4 years old xD

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Kuznetsovsky
Kuznetsovsky Apr 24 2013, 2:30am says:

This looks worth tracking :p I'm really looking forward to those survey results!

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Pieter_Boelen Creator
Pieter_Boelen Apr 24 2013, 9:34am says:

We'll definitely be analysing the results and post here once we know more. At the moment though, we need as many people to participate as possible.

We're up to 127 completions so far, which isn't bad per se, but I'd like to see a LOT more. Our PotC modpack (http://www.moddb.com/mods/new-horizons/downloads/build-14-beta-23-light) was downloaded over 3000 times!

If anyone can help spread the word on this, please do! And if you've got any suggestions on where else to post this, don't shy away from letting us know. ;-)

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MillyRainbowskittlez
MillyRainbowskittlez Apr 25 2013, 6:34pm replied:

Have you thought of putting up some cheap ads on game sites and other places?

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Pieter_Boelen Creator
Pieter_Boelen Apr 30 2013, 5:19am replied:

We made a decision to leave money out of this altogether.

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LesserAngel
LesserAngel Apr 24 2013, 3:44pm says:

Done with the survey. I'll be sure to tell my brother as well, since he's the one that convinced me to take a look at this in the first place.

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Mikeydmc
Mikeydmc May 31 2013, 9:12pm says:

This looks amazing I can't wait.

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Mikeydmc
Mikeydmc May 31 2013, 9:16pm says:

With the gameplay I think a more realistic or a more arcade option would be cool.

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frigate1805
frigate1805 Jun 5 2013, 10:02pm says:

Any idea on when the first release of this may be? I'm so excited!!

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Armada_ Author
Armada_ Jun 6 2013, 11:28am replied:

If everything goes well, we might have a very basic demo available sometime during the Summer, but we can't make any promises yet.

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