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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Just when you thought the Age of Piracy was coming to an end, here comes another update for New Horizons. It contains plenty of booty to all those old salts in need of a good, healthy dose of swashbuckling!

Posted by Pieter_Boelen on Nov 26th, 2012

While we at PiratesAhoy! have started to move ahead into the future with the development of our own, fully new game Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas, that does not mean that we forgot about the past. There is still a lot we can do with that good old Pirates of the Caribbean modpack of ours!

As such, Build 14 Beta 2.3 is now available as a Light version to be installed on top of the original Build 14 Beta 2.1 Full. It offers vastly enhanced game stability, amazing new ship models, improved sail selection and much, much more! Read on for an overview of the main new additions.

Frigate "Rossiya", 1728

aka. Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas preview model

Our historical research has uncovered that the unmodified game's Frigate model was based on a real-life ship, namely the Russian "Rossiya" from 1728.

Not satisfied with the lack of detail and accuracy on the original version, Armada has undertaken a massive project to make a completely new replacement for her. See here the result!

This new frigate is now officially the most historically accurate model in the game and has a lot of special details, including an accessible and detailed Captain's Cabin and Cannons Deck.

She comes in several paint schemes, including the original game's livery, but also French, Dutch and Pirate versions.

This ship showcases the level of detail and accuracy that we're intending to accomplish with our new game as well. Don't forget: We're always looking to welcome more people willing to join our efforts!

Additional Model Work

PiratesAhoy! wouldn't be PiratesAhoy! if we hadn't ensured a whole lot more content for you to enjoy! And our latest release sure does deliver on that account too. For all those from the United States, here is the one and only USS Constitution with further improved detail and accuracy.

And more has been added, such as the oft-requested Trinity 2nd Rate vessel.

And two more of Captain's Armstrong's ships have also been included, namely the French Heavy Sloop of War 'Volage' in several national texture variants and the USS Essex.

And as a nod to the original game's name, we have also been able to include the notorious Blackbeard from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Further Content

Additional work has been done on period-correct Portuguese soldier models, as well as an improved and simpler "Ship Tier" system to replace the old "Class" system. And the Sails code has been cleaned up, fixed and modified to ensure enhanced historical accuracy, as well as improved support for emblems. And of course there is more! Refer to "Build Info.txt" included in the modpack download.

Improved Stability and Intel GFX Card Compatibility

Random crashes have been plaguing our game for quite some time, but the chance of those occurring has been massively decreased as per Build 14 Beta 2.3! We have this time ensured that all international game versions result in the same installed files. Additionally, complex work has been done on the DLL files by Amplificar to fix a Heap Corruption bug that caused the game to become more unstable as it progressed. In other words: This should work a whooole lot better!

Additionally, a new fix for Intel Graphics Card compatibility has been developed by Amplificar, which is now part of the main installer program. While the old SwiftShader fix caused very bad performance making the game almost unplayable, the new version maintains good performance at the expense of the sea not looking quite as good. But that is a small price to pay.

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Armada_ Creator
Armada_ Nov 27 2012 says:

Is it just me, or are some of the images in the article not showing up correctly?

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Pieter_Boelen Author
Pieter_Boelen Nov 28 2012 replied:

Uhm... They're all still showing for me.
Which ones do you have missing?

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Armada_ Creator
Armada_ Nov 28 2012 replied:

The group of four under "She comes in several paint schemes...", except the top left one, and the pair beneath "And two more of Captain's Armstrong's ships...".

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Pieter_Boelen Author
Pieter_Boelen Nov 28 2012 replied:

Those are all PiratesAhoy! forum attachments. Maybe those are being annoying for some people? Too bad I don't have time to fix it.

Could you give it a shot by posting those pictures elsewhere? Or can you not access them at all?

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Armada_ Creator
Armada_ Nov 29 2012 replied:

Ah, that would make sense. I'll sort them out later, then.

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Armada_ Creator
Armada_ Nov 30 2012 replied:

Strange, I didn't even do anything and the images are now showing up correctly.

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Guest Dec 2 2012 says:

for some reason my game bugs so that the water is completely white, making it kinda unpleasant for the eyes and its really bright white.

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Armada_ Creator
Armada_ Dec 20 2012 replied:

Please visit our support forum for help: If you can provide any more specific details there, such as your PC specs, that would be most useful for us to help resolve your issue.

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piratemike Dec 15 2012 says:

Will there be any different maps to choose from, like Carrib, the Med, and maybe the baltic?

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Armada_ Creator
Armada_ Dec 20 2012 replied:

In the Build Mod, there are no plans to expand beyond the semi-realistic Caribbean setting. We're hoping to do so eventually for Hearts of Oak, though.

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BPS Jan 26 2013 says:

I presume then that no more main work is currently underway for this game/mod as all modders are now on HOOCOTS.

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Armada_ Creator
Armada_ Jan 27 2013 replied:

The modding for PotC is certianly slowing down, but it hasn't stopped yet. We still have people occasionally adding content, and we will release another patch some time soon. Hearts of Oak is still mostly in the brainstorming stage right now, so we don't need all our manpower focussed on it for a while yet.

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