The "New Horizons" mod for the 2003 Pirates of the Caribbean game by Akella is a continuation of the famous Build mod series. Developed as Pirates of the Caribbean Build 14, "New Horizons" continues where Build 13 left off, adding more new content than ever before.

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Like pirates? Or the Age of Sail? Read on, for we have news for you! News involving plunder and riches beyond imagination!

Posted by Pieter_Boelen on Nov 15th, 2011

In our newest release, we have managed some massive improvements to game stability, but also made adjustments to the difficulty, balancing and economy, making the game more challenging and therefore much more interesting. It really was too easy in prior releases.

As usual, there's been a lot of work on our ships as well. Most work has gone into more detail and better rigging, but there's new ships too, including Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' fame. For the more historically inclined, there's also a set of new Elizabethan galleons that will replace our former low-detail versions.

A small sample of the improved ships can be seen on these pictures:

However, a lot more can be found on our ModDB Profile's Images Page.

More work on ships has been performed behind-the-scenes, with full support of wind-independent propulsion now being added to the steamships we've added before. You can control the engine separately from the sails with the [ + ], [ - ] and [ * ] buttons on the keyboard.You can see this in action on the below image:

However, for those who are not interested in seeing such modernist affairs in their game, know that steamships are very rare and will only ever appear in the last two time periods. So if you do not play the Hornblower or Master & Commander storylines, you will not ever encounter them. Unless you buy your own from Captain Hendrick Vanderdecken, seller of mysterious ships.

Other improvement can be found in us introducing yet another character from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies into the game. Although she was already in the Hoist the Colours storyline, she never really looked the part. Now, she really does add a touch of the macabre:

An oft-requested feature has always been the ability to change your personal and pirate flags, such as the one that can be seen in this screenshot:

Now you can. Just talk with a crewmember on your ship's deck, and you'll be able to choose a flag that suits your own preference instead of the default one you get. Some of the available flags are the ones flown by famous pirates, so join their ranks!

For those of stout hart without any fear, be sure to pay a visit to the abandoned and haunted Maltese Knight Abbey that can be found in Bridgetown on Barbados.

This has recently been reinstated to full functionality, so all the bizarre effects that used to be there have finally returned. And not just fancy particles and scary enemies, but there's treasure to be found too!

Additionally to all the above, the Ship's Log interface has been finished and enabled at last and it certainly adds a lot to the game experience. For one, it keeps a record of your personal statistics, including the number of enemies you kill, ships you sink and successful boarding actions.

Additionally to that, it will keep a record of all sort of events, including your own actions, but also changing nation relations (this can be enabled in the recently cleaned up Advanced Options menu) and economy changes. And you can also write entries of your own.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to the Downloads Section and get your dose of piratey, nautical and historical fun today!

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formerlyknownasMrCP Nov 15 2011 says:

You guys continue to out do yourselves. This game has come so far because of your efforts.

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flexerca Nov 16 2011 says:

I can not begin to play...just crashes

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Pieter_Boelen Author
Pieter_Boelen Nov 16 2011 replied:

Are you following the installation instructions? Press "read more +" on the download page.

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flexerca Nov 23 2011 replied:

I installed Beta 1 14 Full, do I install the 14 Beta 1 Patch 7 Lite or 14 Beta 1 Patch 7 Full, or both, please help, thanks

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Armada_ Nov 23 2011 replied:

In your case, install the Full version. The Lite version is for those upgrading from Patch 6 to Patch 7.

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Computica Nov 16 2011 says:

Woot! Great work everyone!

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George199521 Nov 18 2011 says:

i can't download seems gamefront has a problem

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Pieter_Boelen Author
Pieter_Boelen Nov 18 2011 replied:

You can get it straight from PiratesAhoy! as well:

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FrantACs Dec 3 2011 says:

You should put something into the options, that would allow you to turn on/off the possibility to direct sail to docks/shores etc. without first discovering them. It was quiet annoying.

And you should do something about the speed of time on the World map. To sail arround an island on the World map takes you a lot longer (in terms of ingame time - days) than sailing it arround in direct sail. You should slow down the timelapse on the World map.

But in overall the new patch is great. A lot of fixes and features. Keep up the good work!

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Pieter_Boelen Dec 3 2011 says:

The first one is part of Realistic Game Mode. If you switch to Arcade Game Mode, you'll instantly be able to Sail To anywhere as before.

The second has always been a problem because both types of trip use completely different scales. We tried to balance things a bit to add one day of sailing time for each hour spent in 3D sailing mode. So an apparent three-hour DirectSail trip will take three days and three hours of ingame time. You can notice this by the food/rum consumption and also the date. It's not perfect, but at least it ensures DirectSail trips do take several days.

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GoobyGlaves Dec 24 2011 says:

I was wondering, will we ever see the release of the 'Empress': Sao Feng's chinese junk from POTC AWE?

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Pieter_Boelen Author
Pieter_Boelen Dec 24 2011 replied:

We have done some experiments with Chinese sails and there are possibilities. People have worked on them before, but nobody has released anything yet. One day, I expect somebody will do one.

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CursedBlackPearl Mar 3 2012 says:

I downloaded this and right after it gave me runtime error cause game not in program files i cant find game i wanna play badly please help :'(

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