The PiratesAhoy! Community, makers of the popular mods Pirates of the Caribbean: New Horizons and Age of Pirates 2: Gentlemen of Fortune, presents...
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Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas is a non-commercial PC game that 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.
Our goal is to allow anyone interested in the era to be able to live their dream!

The gameplay will be similar in style to Akella's Storm Engine-based games that we are known for modifying, but we intend to take it further and offer more freedom, immersion and authenticity. The player will assume the role of a captain and have full command of their crew, being able to delegate tasks and give orders in the heat of battle. Dynamic hand-to-hand combat will make boarding enemy ships and capturing forts a fast paced, hectic experience. Whether you want to enlist in a navy, lead an honest merchant life, or resort to piracy, Hearts of Oak will offer many hours of gameplay.

Using the power of CryEngine, and the knowledge and talent of our artists, the game will deliver stunning visuals worthy of tomorrow's PC hardware. You'll be able to explore a vast open world filled with highly detailed locations, ships and characters.

We are a team of volunteers, and due to the scale of this project, the game will take many months to develop. We will be releasing tech demos, alpha and beta versions over the coming months, but please be patient and have faith in our dev team. This is our dream game concept, and we are determined to make it a reality!

Help Wanted!

We're looking for talented, enthusiastic people to help us make this game a reality.
For a list of our current vacancies, and for information on how to join the team, visit our Development Roles page.
Please note that we are NOT offering payment!

If you are unable to join our team, you can still help by spreading the word! If you know anyone with the skills we need, please do point them in our direction.

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6 comments by Armada_ on Sep 2nd, 2014

Welcome to another edition of our Hearts of Oak progress articles!

Each week*, we will bring you a summary of the latest development news, including work-in-progress screenshots and in-game footage, along with a more in-depth look at featured content.

Following the recent announcement of our switch to the Unity engine, we have some details to share regarding donations, as well as the latest information on our development progress.


Due to the Unity Pro licensing and many available add-ons, we have started to accept donations to reduce the costs for our developers.
Even a single Unity Pro license that we need for improved functionality and graphics costs USD1500.
We have already raised the first 1500 dollars through an internal round of donations within in our own team, but that's only the beginning.

If you would like to contribute as well, you can do so through Paypal using the Donate button on
We are publicly listing the latest status, including proper credit to those who donated, here on our forum.

We are currently looking into the feasibility of added perks for those who donate.
These may range from having your name used in the game to receiving a "Hearts of Oak" t-shirt.
Anything that we decide on will be retroactively provided to everyone who donated before to ensure that nobody is missing out.

All releases of the game will remain completely free as this is and always will be a fully non-commercial project.
None of our developers get any of this money for personal use as 100% will be used to further the development itself.

In other words, these donations are completely voluntary and nobody is required to make any unless they want to.
However, all contributions will be much appreciated and we promise to put them to the best use that we possibly can!

Engine Development

- Ship proxies

This video explains how a ship's collision detection is handled, and how that affects the character's movement on board.

- Ship buoyancy

Here we show how the ships react to the waves, and how different mass values affect this movement.

- Ship firing points

The 'firing points' are our solution to gun placement on ships.
They provide an intelligent system for determining the maximum gun size a ship can accept at each gunport, eventually allowing the player to create custom batteries, even within the same decks.
These points also work with the gunport lids, so guns can be run out or stowed with the lids opening and closing accordingly.

Top Contributors

Below are the latest members of our development team to be recognised with our Top Contributor award in recent weeks:

RobinPC - For his continued contributions to our project, especially to terrain development, and his willingness to learn and improve.
Dario - For his dedication to laying the foundation on the quest writing effort and his willingness to do whatever needs to be done to help move this forward.
Mask - For his valuable work on establishing the formatting of the quests, as well as developing methods for working together on writing multi-branched stories.

Their contributions have been invaluable to the game's development, and we hope to give out more of these awards soon!

That's it for this week's progress; we'll have more updates for you soon!
Don't know what the Hearts of Oak project is? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
*Please note that while we're aiming to post a new article each week, we can't always manage this, but we will post articles as regularly as we can!

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loco036 Jul 29 2014, 12:47am says:

So will this game have the 19th century? I would love to be in a clipper and trade in South East Asia

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Guest Jul 8 2014, 8:24am says:

Is there an estimated date on the demo's release?

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Armada_ Jul 9 2014, 7:28pm replied:

Not yet. We'll have more information in one of the next news articles.

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Guest Jul 6 2014, 11:13am says:

this project seems an interesting one to be honest. I would like to help you guys in the 3D model making department as am an architecture student and have some experience with the creation of 3d objects. I mainly use Rhino4, 3Ds max for my projects.

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Pieter_Boelen Jul 26 2014, 6:16pm replied:

You are very welcome to join us at !

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Guest Jul 1 2014, 10:23am says:

Greetings for deciding to make such a game! It is my favourite genre and I will wait for it impatiently!
I would like to offer some recommendations for it. Very important is to preserve the real spirit of 17th and 18th century and not to use modern slang. Also though some gamers like fantasy and horror motifs, I think the game would be better if it is historical and there aren't so many walking skeletons or zombies. It would be nice if trade system is well developed and the player could chose pursuing a trade career. As a whole,according to me, the game would be best if it is close to Sea Dogs, the first Akella's game, but having a better graphics and more options, of course. Sea Dogs owed its success and charm due to its incredible atmosphere, as it was close to 17th century feeling. It had a brilliant plot, resembling the novels of Sabatini and R.L.Stevenson; and also its music was superb. It would be great if Hearts of Oak manages to convey similar atmosphere (feeling). And do you intend including several storylines, or one major plus free play?
Again greetings for the great idea and wishing you success!

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Pieter_Boelen Jul 2 2014, 3:48pm replied:

We take a lot of inspiration from our Pirates of the Caribbean: New Horizons modpack which was, as you perhaps know, originally developed as being Sea Dogs 2. Many of our original modders are big fans of the original Sea Dogs themselves.

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Armada_ Jul 1 2014, 11:20am replied:

We plan to cover much of what you said, including a more historical approach to design, so hopefully we shan't disappoint. ;)

The plan is to start with one major storyline, plus a freeplay mode with sidequests, and eventually include more major storylines (and time periods) as well.

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cinco Jun 23 2014, 2:44pm says:

imaginative name, brilliant graphics. i just hope this game isn't sunk by world of sailships(aka naval action)

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Pieter_Boelen Jun 25 2014, 11:54am replied:

They're two different games (one single-player, one multi-player) that will not be released at the same time at all. Also, our game is not for profit. Any claimed 'competition' between our two games does not exist. See here:

We think Naval Action looks very promising and we sincerely hope that it will indeed be a great game to play. We are certainly looking forward to trying it out ourselves!

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