PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: NEW HORIZONS

a mod for Pirates of the Caribbean


"Pirates of the Caribbean: New Horizons", also known as PiratesAhoy! Community Build 14, has been in development ever since the release of Build 13 in early 2007. We have come a long way since then, adding much new content and many new features, some of which were thought to be impossible to achieve even by the original game developers themselves.


The intention is to provide as full an historical Age of Sail game experience as possible, both more realistic, but also more fun. New features include more storylines, historical detail, abilities for free play, variety and more customization than ever before. Not to mention that the graphics have also been improved upon, mainly with new models and textures, but also the sea itself and anywhere else that we could manage.

Although the game is called "Pirates of the Caribbean" and a lot of movie-specific content has been added, that is not all that's been done. Better still, there is a lot to enjoy even for those people who don't much care for the movies and it is entirely possible to play the game as a fully realistic period naval simulation, rather than a movie tie-in.



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3 comments by Armada_ on Dec 26th, 2013

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Sailors, swashbucklers and scallywags alike... join us as we celebrate all that we have achieved in 2013!

For everyone at PiratesAhoy!, it's been a year to remember. As we began the year by celebrating our tenth anniversary, we knew that great
things would come in the following months. And, true to form, we have outdone our expectations in a number of ways.

So, let's take a moment to recap on how each of the community's key projects have advanced over the course of 2013, and we'll provide the latest updates
along the way.

Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas

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What's Happened?

The new flagship project of PiratesAhoy! may be off to a slow start, but this year represents a clear step in the right direction. Back in April, after a slew of new concept art, we adopted an art style that will go on to define much of the game's aesthetics, and has already been used to create the logo you're all now familiar with.

Around the same time, we launched a survey to let you have your say and to help us decide on several key design philosophies. Fast forward to September, and the survey's results (from nearly 1,000 participants!) gave us a valuable insight into what you, the fans, were most enthusiastic about. It was encouraging for us to see the impressive support people have for realism and historical content, along with an appetite for myth, superstition, and a bit of pirating here and there. We also learnt what to avoid at all costs. (Perhaps save airships and machine-cannons for another time, eh?)

In October, we then made a big decision: to cease work on the Unreal Engine, and begin evaluating Ogre3D and CryEngine as better alternatives for the game. At the same time, we announced our intention to join forces with the team behind a similar project, Drake's Legacy, to further aid development of Hearts of Oak.

The result of this was accelerated progress, and this teaser trailer below demonstrates some of the work we've done while testing the CryEngine, along with some concept art and original music.

[DISCLAIMER: The video contains screenshots from CryEngine 2, which we temporarily used until version 3.5 was made available and had most of its bugs
fixed.]

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In November, we started a Wiki for the project right here on our site, which will eventually grow to include all the information you need to know about Hearts of Oak.

Meanwhile, we have started making great strides with pre-alpha development, even to the point of getting a ship to move with and react to the wind in CryEngine. We've also made progress with cannons, allowing the player to interact with them and fire them manually.

Behind the scenes, we now have writers working on the script for the game's first storyline. The exact content and sequence of events will be a closely guarded secret for now, but we can tell you that the result will be an engaging and rewarding experience...

We will soon try to get a functioning user interface, and continue to work towards a playable proof-of-concept demo some time in the new year.

Finally, we would like to reiterate that we are still recruiting for the development team! If you want to get involved, head on over to our recruitment forum and introduce yourself.

As of this moment, the key roles we're looking for (in no particular order) are:

  • Animators
  • 3D Artists
  • 2D Artists
  • UI Developers
  • Programmers
  • Writers

For more details about Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas, click here.
For more information about joining the team, click here.

Pirates of the Caribbean: New Horizons

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What's Happened?

Perhaps a better question is, what hasn't happened! The New Horizons mod has gone from strength to strength in 2013, once again reaching new heights that we didn't think possible.

We spent the first part of the year building upon the solid foundations of last year's Beta 2.3, bringing in changes such as improved interface textures, better cannon particle effects, numerous gameplay enhancements and bug fixes. We also continued to offer new and improved ship models, thanks to a never-ending desire our modellers have, which is to push the bar even higher.

After having an internal Beta 2.4 release to thoroughly test our changes and iron out the bugs, we finally made another public release in June, as Beta 2.5. Fun fact: this release prompted the highest ever number of visits to our ModDB profile, gaining the attention of nearly 3,000 visitors!

And we didn't stop there. We went and pushed the boundaries even further than we imagined with our next series of additions. For starters, we brought back the long-awaited Character Customisation options to the Select Storyline interface, allowing more control than ever when starting a new game. Next, we completely revamped the World Map by rearranging the islands and adding the Central American coastline to create a far more realistic version of the Caribbean. Add to that a fixed Capture Colonies mod, brand new movie-inspired Curse of Cortes, and reinstated Shotgun Mode for certain guns, and by September we had a fantastic release on our hands, in the form of Beta 3.

Check out Beta 3's awesome cinematic trailer below.

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Based on the year so far, then, we were pretty happy with how things had turned out. So more recently, we continued iterating on Beta 3, adding more fixes and slight gameplay enhancements, until we released the latest version, Beta 3.1, in early December.

Little did we know, however, that things were about to get even better. As ModDB's annual Mod of the Year awards commenced, and everyone could start voting for their favourite mods, we saw an opportunity to let New Horizons really shine. Based on our frequent placement in the top 100 most visited mod profiles, we began advertising New Horizons to see if we could gain enough votes to finally achieve what we had, in previous years, missed out on: a position in the Top 100 Mods of the Year.

As voting continued and the deadlines drew near, we were anxious to see how we'd done. Then, when the Top 100 nominations were announced, we were shocked to see that New Horizons was among them! At long last, this was a fitting tribute to the many people who have spent uncountable hours to make this mod everything that it is today.

Although we didn't make the top spot, we are extremely proud that New Horizons has been recognised by you, our beloved fans, as one of the greatest mods of 2013. Again, we can't thank you enough for your support!

For more details about New Horizons, click here.
To download the latest version (Build 14 Beta 3.1), click here.

Age of Pirates 2: Gentlemen of Fortune

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What's Happened?

For several months, you may have suspected that not much was being done on the Gentlemen of Fortune (GOF) mods... but you'd be surprised. All throughout the year, ModernKnight1 has been a one-man team working away at his highly ambitious and long-awaited GOF: Eras mod.

The key focus of his enormous efforts was, more specifically, Eras Module #2, which covers the Golden Age period of 1648 to 1725. Some of its most notable features include nearly 70 playable characters (most of whom are historical figures), a plethora of new swords, pistols and items, a better
selection of music and loading screens, and an impressive array of ships.

And speaking of ships, perhaps the most noticeable change is ModernKnight's huge amount of new and improved textures. His hard work and exquisite attention to detail has transformed even the least detailed ships of the original game into stunning works of art, each one designed to fit in with the
time period perfectly.

If you have an interest in history, even if it's not this specific time period, you owe it to yourself to try this mod. Or, if you own AoP2 and don't care much for history, try it anyway, because like many good things in life, it's free!

For a look at the mod's new intro video and some gameplay footage, see the video below.

Latest News

The most recent version of Eras Module #2 was uploaded on 29th November, and fixes a few bugs found in the initial release. ModernKnight is still working on the mod, and hopes to release a further patch in the new year.

Meanwhile, a more stable version of GOF 2.0 (which is NOT the same as GOF: Eras Mod#2) was released on 6th December, which aims to incorporate features of GOF 1.2 without all the accompanying bugs.

And finally, the Combined Modpack (CM) that started them all has been made available again, for those that want a simpler mod that is more akin to the original game.

For more details about GOF: Eras and to download the mod, click here.


For more details about GOF 2.0 and to download the mod, click here.

For more details about CM v3.2.0, click here.
To download the mod, click here.

Closing Comments

As I hope this article has demonstrated, 2013 has brought with it many wonderful things for PiratesAhoy!, and it will surely go down as one of our greatest years to date. Everyone that has contributed to our projects this year deserves to be applauded for their time and effort, as we can truly celebrate a job well done!

So this Christmas, we hope you continue to enjoy our fantastic mods and keep looking forward to more exciting times ahead. And without further ado...

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Build 14 Beta 3.1 Part 1: Installation Wizard

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Dec 6, 2013 Patch 32 comments

Use this IN COMBINATION WITH "Part 2: Contents Archive"! Click 'READ MORE +' for alternate download mirrors.

Build 14 Beta 3.1 Part 2: Contents Archive

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Sep 29, 2013 Full Version 104 comments

This MUST BE used in combination with "Part 1: Installation Wizard"! Click 'READ MORE' for alternate download mirrors.

Intel Graphics Fix

Intel Graphics Fix

Sep 4, 2013 Effects GFX 3 comments

This fix allows the game to run on computers with an Intel Graphics Card. Improved version with better sea quality, though still not as good as with a...

Archipelago Map

Archipelago Map

Nov 14, 2012 Singleplayer Map 7 comments

A high-detail reference map of the Pirates of the Caribbean: New Horizons archipelago, including all islands, towns and shores.

PotC Movie Music Pack!

PotC Movie Music Pack!

Aug 27, 2011 Audio Pack 10 comments

This features music from all 4 movies and is compatible with Build 14 Beta 3.

New Horizons Beta Manual

New Horizons Beta Manual

Jan 19, 2010 Guides 10 comments

Gameplay guide/pictorial walkthrough. This is a work in progress manual but should get you well on your way to privateering in the virtual Caribbean.

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Mikeydmc
Mikeydmc Dec 30 2013, 3:34pm says:

I've been playing this mod off and on for a while now and I was wondering if their are options to raise the graphics higher, I been looking at some of the pictures recently and they just seemed to look so nice that I was wondering if I was missing something I already have the enb installed too.

Not saying the stuff looks bad the way I have it is just some of the pictures seem to look better than my game. I don't want to sound offensive though I do love this mod and am super pumped for Hearts of Oak.

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Miklkit
Miklkit Dec 31 2013, 6:54pm replied:

This is an old DX8 game so it will never look really great but the better your hardware is the better it looks. I have a strong video card and created a profile for POTC and then cranked everything up to max.

The only thing you can really adjust is the screen resolution in engine.ini right at the top.

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Mikeydmc
Mikeydmc Jan 1 2014, 3:05pm replied:

I also have a really good video card (gtx 680) so what do you mean by a profile.

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Miklkit
Miklkit Jan 1 2014, 11:21pm replied:

It has been a while since I owned an Nvidia card (GTX275) so I could easily be wrong here.

In your Nvidia control panel there are two settings, global and game specific. In the game specific settings first look for the POTC engine.exe. Actually for me CossacksII worked for some reason.

Anyway, once you have a POTC profile set up you want to crank up the AA & AF quite high because there are no in game ways to set those things. I set the AA & AF high enough so that the ropes and rigging shows clearly.

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Mikeydmc
Mikeydmc Jan 2 2014, 3:03pm replied:

Doesn't seem to be any settings like that thanks for the help, though.

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piratelordsparrow
piratelordsparrow Dec 25 2013, 1:26pm says:

Can you make the ship damage more realistic and make an black pearl damaged from awe

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Armada_
Armada_ Dec 26 2013, 6:46pm replied:

There's nothing more we can do to improve damage effects without an enormous amount of work, and even then it wouldn't look much better. And a damaged Pearl was made some time ago, but had problems being imported into the game. Nobody has tried to get it working in a long time.

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Guest
Guest Dec 21 2013, 3:17pm says:

I'm using build 14 beta 3.1 and I see that the French, Spanish and Portuguese guards and soldiers uniforms are all the same. Haven't been to a British Isle yet, so I can't comment on British uniforms. Is this known?

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Miklkit
Miklkit Dec 22 2013, 11:28am replied:

What time frame are you playing in? The differences in the uniforms are easier to see in the earlier periods.

The French and Spanish uniforms are similar, but there are differences. The Portagee uniform has red trim on the front.

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Guest
Guest Dec 24 2013, 1:20pm replied:

Thanks for the responce. I know nothing about military uniforms from 1690, just thought they would be different. I did see French had white leggings and Spanish have red.

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