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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12 comments by Pieter_Boelen on Jan 19th, 2015

Build 14 Beta 3.4 is now available from our Downloads Section. If you are upgrading from a previous Beta 3 version, you only need the "Part 1: Installation Wizard". If you are doing a brand new install, use the "Part 2: Contents Archive" as well.


Custom Player Professions

The first thing you will notice with the new update is that there are yet more storylines to choose from. Both Brave Black Flag and Nelson's First Command bring something new to the table. The first is an excellent start to a free-booting pirate career, while the latter is set up with enhanced free play for Royal Navy players in mind.

However, you are not stuck to any fixed starting scenarios. As per this release, there are a lot more character professions to choose from at game start. Each one comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, special starting items and more. And we have every intention of expanding on this concept for our next update too!

New Locations to Explore

Tired of the game's towns all looking very similar to each other? Well, that is a thing of the past now! A lot of towns have been replaced, including Tortuga and a lot of the ones on the Spanish isles.

And Aruba has received a very interesting-looking port as well!

But even existing locations have had new stuff added. If you need more information, surely the local monks would be quite happy to point you in the right direction. It may be dangerous to look into the secrets surrounding the church. But ultimately very rewarding as well since there is something very special to be found!

The Fate of Cartagena

We have showed you parts of the story before and teased you with exiting things to come. Therefore we are now proud to announce the completion of the Cartagena Quest in the Bartolomeu storyline! An ambitious project indeed, this story combines many elements and is almost a whole pirate film in and of itself.

For this story, we ended up adding the entire coastline of the Spanish Main into the game. Specifically this was to add the famous city of Cartagena in its rightful spot. With the very specific intention of blowing it up with the biggest and most exciting explosion in the game!

But before you get to that, there are infiltrations to take care of. Puzzles and prison-breaking. Secret tunnels and a governor's daughter. And what pirate film or game is complete without a sword-fight on a yardarm?

Revamped Smuggling

A lot of time and effort has been spent to make the regular game more involving. As such, the smuggling system has been tweaked to be much more interesting. While you can keep going about your business as you always did, you can make things much easier for yourself by planning your operations in advance!

The coast guard has placed scheduled patrols at all the islands, which means that you can avoid those patrols as well. Provided you figure out when they are! There are several ways to that. After all, what else are drunk soldiers in taverns good for? But you could also search a coast guard corpse after being caught and fighting your way out.

You can wait for the right time for your secret dealings by talking to your ship's crew on deck. And after the transaction, you will notice that the Colonies interface has helpfully updated to show you the regular and smuggling prices for the relevant goods.

But be careful! If you abuse your newly-found knowledge too much, the coast guard will take notice and adapt the patrol schedule. They may even restrict trade to the island further by declaring more goods to be contraband. Though of course... there is profit in that too!

Character Progression

Work has also been done on the Locked Skills introduced with the previous release. The Fetch Quests that unlock some skills have been improved and also expanded to include the Shipyards and Blacksmiths. And there are some new abilities as well. One for gamblers, two related to the new smuggling updates and the last to let you have a whole lot more fun with your pistols!

Additionally, it has now been made clear which ones of your officers contribute which abilities as only those ones are now shown for them. And if an officer has a perk that the player doesn't have, an extra tick mark will appear to clarify on this too. An additional filter button to show only those perks you currently have and can get based on your free points makes this quite a convenient change.

New and Improved Ships

Do you like pinnaces? Of course you like pinnaces! They're great for trading and therefore for smuggling too.

Therefore two new updated pinnace models are added to the game as well, looking much better than their predecessors.

Secrets and Mysteries

Aren't storms tremendously annoying? It is like the god of the sea is out to sink your ship with you on it! But what if YOU could be the one to control those storms? Let them end at your will and bring them down on your enemies instead! Everybody's favourite cursed captain, Hendrick Vanderdecken, has received some new stock that he is willing to sell to you. But as usual.... only if the price is right!

Another famous pirate can be found very close to Vanderdecken's usual hide-out. But Blackbeard is a tough opponent indeed and very hard to kill! In fact, there is only one very special way to do it. But fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean films should be able to figure it out. And looting his sword gives you an interesting advantage in sea battles!

Message in a Bottle

While an inappropriate saying in a Caribbean setting, of course the above is still merely the tip of the iceberg. A lot of work has been done to fix whatever issues with the game that we could to make this the most playable and fun release that we could possibly manage.

And behind the scenes, a lot of other work has been done on our other project, the non-commercial age of sail seafaring game Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas! So be sure to check out the latest development trailer:

Now set sail for the horizon and discover what new treasures lay beyond!

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Build 14 Beta 3.4 Part 1: Installation Wizard

Build 14 Beta 3.4 Part 1: Installation Wizard

Jan 19, 2015 Patch 33 comments

Use this IN COMBINATION WITH "Part 2: Contents Archive"! Click 'READ MORE +' for further information.

Build 14 Beta 3.4 Part 2: Contents Archive

Build 14 Beta 3.4 Part 2: Contents Archive

Sep 29, 2013 Full Version 179 comments

This MUST BE used in combination with "Part 1: Installation Wizard"! Click 'READ MORE +' for further information.

Intel Graphics Fix

Intel Graphics Fix

Sep 4, 2013 Effects GFX 6 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 11 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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migzahoy Mar 29 2015 says:

thanks for the updates guys ive been playing this mod for 2 years now and i have to say the update video of the hearts of oak progress is outstanding :) superb i mean im actually drooling while watching the hearts of oak progress vid i have a feeling that that game will recieve an award or something in the near future keep it up guys

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yishifu Mar 25 2015 says:

Hey Guys! I know my question isn't realy fit here, and please apologize me!

I like to sell Original POtc 2003, I have a site for sales purpose. And I like to advertise your mod also, if you guys don't mind. My shop working through th facebook, so its not a trouble for you,IF I like to tag your team when i upload my video about the game. Or at least few of them. I'm waiting for your reply.
Best regards: Tom

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Pieter_Boelen Creator
Pieter_Boelen Mar 28 2015 replied:

You'd be welcome to mention the existence of our modpack; that is not a problem. Let us know when you posted it; I'm quite curious to see. :-D

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Guest Mar 25 2015 says:

Hey there guys, my little brother really loves what you've done with the mod, but he's a little too young to be really succesfull. Is there anyway to cheat so I can give him some extra HP and XP? Oh yeah and could you tell me if the sword of Triton is for sale or do I have to find it at Isle de Muerta or some place like that?

Thanks, and keep doing what you're doing

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Pieter_Boelen Creator
Pieter_Boelen Mar 28 2015 replied:

As for the Sword of Triton, that is owned by Blackbeard who can indeed be found on a beach at Isla de Muerta. It is not available for sale.

There IS a "Trident of Neptune" available for sale though, but also only at Isla de Muerta.

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Pieter_Boelen Creator
Pieter_Boelen Mar 28 2015 replied:

Cheats work work if ENABLE_CHEATMODE is on at the bottom of PROGRAM\InternalSettings.h

Numpad 0 = Character: God Mode
Numpad 1 = Scroll Characters LEFT
Numpad 2 = Select Main Character
Numpad 3 = Scroll Characters RIGHT
Numpad 4 = Character: Level-Up
Numpad 5 = Character: Fake Level Up
Numpad 6 = Player: + 100000 Gold and + 10000 Wealth
Numpad 7 = Character: Cycle through reputations (increase/decrease reputation)
Numpad 8 = Disable worldmap storms and ships chasing you

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Chronologger Mar 24 2015 says:

The dedication from this mod team is amazing. Loved this game years ago on xbox, fell in love with it again a couple of years ago due to this mod, and now I find it's still being updated with great improvements being made. Excellent work, I wish you all the best on Hearts of Oak.

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Pieter_Boelen Creator
Pieter_Boelen Mar 24 2015 replied:

Thanks very much. We actually have some interesting things in the works now again as well that serve a double purpose as experiments for Hearts of Oak systems. See here for the latest internal development version: Piratesahoy.net
Of course you'd be welcome to try it, provide feedback and help us on making this happen.

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blackfang31 Mar 22 2015 says:

hey pieter boelen is it an idia to present the mod to besenda softworks and fix the thinhs that are i need of fixing and the they can release it as one whole game mabe you can work toghether with them and sell it on the market it woud make a lot of guys happy

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Pieter_Boelen Creator
Pieter_Boelen Mar 24 2015 replied:

The rights lie with Disney, not with Bethesda. We have tried many times to contact them, but never a reply. It seems they do not care. Best thing we can do is to encourage people to vote for PotC on the Good Old Game website: Secure.gog.com

If they get enough votes, perhaps they could be convinced to make the original game available again. Our modding work is available for free as it is and we'll continue improving on it for a while still.

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