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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Long awaited and nicely timed for a Christmas release, almost two years after the previous full Beta. Easy installation and a lot of piratey goodness included makes this a treasure not to be missed by anyone who calls himself (or herself) a fan of swashbuckling or the historical Age of Sail.

Posted by Pieter_Boelen on Dec 25th, 2011

The main advantage of Build 14 Beta 2 over prior releases is, of course, the fact that Beta 2 is a simple all-in-one installer, made to install correctly with a minimum of effort so there isn't much that can go wrong. However, PiratesAhoy! wouldn't be PiratesAhoy! if we hadn't managed to include a lot of worthwhile new content as well, including but not limited to improving the look of the sea itself! So read on to see how much of a Merry Pirate Christmas we've got in store for you. Or have a look at this trailer of epic proportions that shows quite a bit, but by no means all, that you can look forward to!

Woodes Rogers: Completely New Storyline

The first addition is the epic and completely new Woodes Rogers storyline. Carefully developed ever since before the release of Build 13 five years ago, it has now, for the first time ever, been included in an official modpack release. It offers many hours of an unique gameplay style that you will not encounter anywhere else in the game, inspired on such classic adventure games like Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and the Monkey Island series.

For more information, see the full storyline feature.

New and Improved Ships

We're well aware how fond our fans are of new ship models and our modellers have been hard at work to make sure that as many new ships as possible have been included. There's a great variety of ships added in the game, such as the new British Royal navy ships "Raa Frigate" and "HMS Unicorn".

The Dutch navy has been expanded as well, with the German-built Derfflinger and Friedrich Wilhelm zu Perde being added to the fleet.

However, it isn't just large ships we're adding. There is also the large French tartane "La Dilligente" and the Lyon Hoy, a small trading vessel:

Fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean films need not fear that we have forgotten them though. Our Black Pearl model has been redone again, with more detail and more accuracy than ever before and some stunning texture work. The Wicked Wench, also known as the Black Pearl before she became the Black Pearl, has also been upgraded to the same standard.

Additional ships include re-skins for different nationalities, such as a new British third-rate warship based on the French "Le Superbe" as well as French and United States versions of the "HMS Bellona" third-rate model.

In addition to new models, a massive clean-up project of the ships in the game has been performed, ensuring a consistent high quality of all ships encountered in the game. A lot of the shared textures have been enhanced and many ships have had rigging updates as well. The Light Frigates even have received a completely new high-detailed hull that should go a long way to making them look much better than before.

Visit our Image Gallery for a lot more pictures of newly added ships.

Film Special Effects

There's a lot of new fun to be had by fans of the movies. Always people ask us if it is possible for the ships to do the crazy things they do in the films. As such, you will find that the cursed Black Pearl now trails fog wherever she goes and the Queen Anne's Revenge can set target ships aflame with the Greek Fire that has replaced her regular bow chasers.

And the Flying Dutchman has become especially fearsome as she has gained the ability to submerge beneath the water and take enemies by surprise. And as if a scary ship emerging right next to your foes isn't fun enough, just go ahead and set the Kraken on them too!

Gameplay Updates

Further adjustments have been made to the game economy, making the game more interesting than ever before. Additionally, the Period Weapons mod has been included at last, which will make the availability of weapons change depending on the time period. This will make each period even more distinct and hopefully adds another reason to replay the game with different time settings.

And as you can see above, muskets are now carried on characters' backs properly as well, which looks a lot better than what used to be the case.


Piracy never dies! There is too much fun to be had still. So join the ranks and blow your enemies right out of the water. Head over to the Downloads Section where the latest release is now waiting!
And don't forget to have yourself a Merry Little Pirate Christmas!

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WaseemFarazButt Dec 26 2011 says:

Congratulations just for the dedication and hardwork that has been put together over this.
And hope you guys had a Happy Christmas and have a Happy New Year.

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Wolf0x Dec 26 2011 says:

Good job guys will get round to play this as soon as possible.

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Captain_Iglo Dec 26 2011 says:

Great work mates! I will get around it as soon as the holidays are over! ;)

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TheUnabridgedGamer Dec 26 2011 says:

I've never seen this game anywhere... how old is it, honestly?

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Pieter_Boelen Author
Pieter_Boelen Dec 26 2011 replied:

This is a modpack for the 2003 game that was released to coincide with the first film. Let me know if you're interested in finding it somewhere.

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angeldeffender Dec 27 2011 replied:

in the next realease can you ad free play mode or storyline cuz sometimes i dont want to follow any quest or historyline! just enjoy the sea comerce or some ol good piracy is all i want c: a character customization and free play would be awesome!

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Pieter_Boelen Author
Pieter_Boelen Dec 27 2011 replied:

The Master & Commander storyline can be used as free play, since there is no actual story. Virtuall all other storylines, excepting Hornblower, can be used as free play as well. None of them force you to follow the story.

A character customization interface is done, but needs to be adapted to the Beta 2 code. I tried to do it before, but it was too complicated to do for this release. Will try for the next.

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mosulanu Dec 28 2011 says:

i get an error...runtime error, abnormal program termination...what can i do ? thank you

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Pieter_Boelen Author
Pieter_Boelen Dec 29 2011 replied:

Please follow the instructions on error logging here:
And post as much information as well, such as when the crash occurs and what graphics card you have.

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alenoguerol Dec 31 2011 says:

hey guys, does anyone knows where can i download this flying dutchman?

that's the best model i've ever seen for this game

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Pieter_Boelen Author
Pieter_Boelen Dec 31 2011 replied:

Not available anywhere. The one we've got is pretty good though; give both the cursed and the uncursed versions a whirl.

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fooflinger2 Dec 31 2011 says:

Ok so I'm very interested in a pirate game but can't decide between this game and Age of Pirates 2.

Can someone tell me which vanilla game is better? They both look very similar. What are the main differences?

Was going to try this mod for Potc and Gentlemens Fortune for Age of Pirates

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Pieter_Boelen Author
Pieter_Boelen Dec 31 2011 replied:

Unmodified, Age of Pirates 2 is better for certain. That's a pretty good game to begin with, while PotC is not bad, but nothing impressive whatsoever without modifications.

WITH modifications is a completely different story though, in which case both games and both mods have a lot to offer. PotC has an advantage there in that we've been modding it for 7 years now and added a lot of awesome content.

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angeldeffender Jan 4 2012 says:

EXELENT MOD BUT I HAVE TO SAY! 10/10 rated for me!

when i discover how to contraband goods i start enjoing!!
but i was thinking if pirates ahoy comunnity can support this mod for mount and blade warband it looks promising but his developement is really slow an helping hand wont do damage anybody ;D
and what about a build mod for age of pirates 2?

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Pieter_Boelen Author
Pieter_Boelen Jan 4 2012 says:

We've already for a modpack for Age of Pirates 2:
It's not called "Build Mod", but it's a PiratesAhoy! modpack nonetheless! Definitely worth having a look at if you've got AoP 2.

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angeldeffender Jan 9 2012 says:

@Pieter_Boelen how can i mod the storm engine i want to add a character whit blender i dont see any tutorial in pirates ahoy forums and i want to make my own story whit ezio auditore as a playable character :B!

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Pieter_Boelen Author
Pieter_Boelen Jan 9 2012 replied:

You can edit the code in the PROGRAM folder with a program like Notepad; of course you need to be able to figure out what it all means, but we're always happy to help on the PiratesAhoy! forums.

For making character models, send a message to member Damski on the forums; he's the only active member who has done any character work.

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mare2192 Jan 23 2012 says:

hi first of all wonderful work,just one question i dont have letters in main menu how do i fix it?

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freackfelix98 Apr 27 2012 says:

YOu must make the R.M.S. titanic! For the 100 birthday! :)

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