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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9 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 15 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 168 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 5 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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InsanityDeath Online
InsanityDeath Dec 7 2014, 12:47am says:

every time I try and install it, it comes up with an error saying that I couldn't fine the build info.txt and that I need to install the beta 3 main files first

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Miklkit Creator
Miklkit Dec 7 2014, 12:46pm replied:

Does the stock game run ok?

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InsanityDeath Online
InsanityDeath Dec 7 2014, 2:14pm replied:

Yeah, it runs fine when I have the computability set for Windows 7 (I have an 8.1 laptop).

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InsanityDeath Online
InsanityDeath Dec 7 2014, 2:35pm replied:

Ok scratch that. It freezes when I try and start a new game.

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Miklkit Creator
Miklkit Dec 8 2014, 10:31am replied:

It freezes with a new vanilla game? That sounds like either a bad install or a hardware problem.

The problem with the mod sounds like either a bad download or you did not follow directions when running the installer.

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InsanityDeath Online
InsanityDeath Dec 8 2014, 6:12pm replied:

Ok, thank you, I got it to work. It was just a bad download.

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yishifu Nov 18 2014, 10:07am says:

Hey Guys!
About 3.3 stuff: If I try to occupy La Tortue, when I'm finished with the fort, and start the ambush, it's always gonna be blacked out the picture for me. Can you tell Am I doing something wrong with it?
I' also like to tell you I'm really happy because of the new items, and swords. But how can i use in the water with a ship the Triton blade?
Now I just equipped it, because it's (except Jack Sparrow's blade) it's seem to the best. And can you make to be useful somehow the crystal skulls? You know to gain special powers or something, maybe in Cozumel. And one more thing it is possible in the future to make a Henry Morgan story line? I'm just you asking you guys because I see you can do many things, just don't know that you'r wanted to. Sorry for the long phrase!

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Pieter_Boelen Creator
Pieter_Boelen Nov 27 2014, 5:22pm replied:

Ahoy there!

Indeed it does seem there is a problem with some of the newly added town. It is on my to-do list to check those as soon as I can.

The Sword of Triton gives you an ability in the on-sea 'Enter' menu for a short wind-independent speed burst. Perhaps it should be made a bit stronger though.

I think Bartolomeu had the idea of including the crystal skulls in a new Mayincatec part to his storyline. We are already experimenting with some new features for that one.

As for a new storyline, we have only two storyline writers and they write what they want. Henry Morgan does feature briefly in a few of them though. Other than that, the best way to ensure it happens is to write it yourself. We're always happy to support you in that. Or alternatively, just role-play the correct story in free play mode.

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yishifu Dec 19 2014, 7:19am replied:

Thx Pieter!
I thought, the reason of my question is that, I may did something wrong.
I'm glad for the Tritonsword, and if is there something new.
I'm really counting on you to do something, with your skulls, I'm gladly help you to write storyline about Morgan. Is it solvable for you team, if gonna mention in the storyline, about Porto Bello, Panama. Like New Forts. And is it capable to a attack fort from dry land in future? One more thing, I'm really interested about Van Der Decken's story, I would like to write that to, if someone still not working on it. Oh, thanks for the pleasure for hours. I owe you guys

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Pieter_Boelen Creator
Pieter_Boelen Dec 20 2014, 11:26am replied:

You would be very welcome to get involved at Piratesahoy.net

I'll be improving a bit on the Sword of Triton functionality tomorrow.

There are some forts that you can capture by sneaking in from ashore already. And either the Bartolomeu or Assassin storyline contains a proper fort assault.

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JuanDela_Cruz Nov 10 2014, 9:29am says:

tell me if my installation is correct,

i have deleted the previous "b14_beta3_installer.exe" and replaced it with the latest installer(200mb+) and install Simplified Build 14 Beta 3.3 WIP Code and the part 2(2gb+)

sorry im just confused. xD

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JuanDela_Cruz Nov 10 2014, 10:38pm replied:

glad you fixed it,i can now continue the Bartolomeu storyline.

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Miklkit Creator
Miklkit Nov 10 2014, 12:15pm replied:

You already have a working POTC install so when it ahows the options you can uncheck the main files as you already have them installed.

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JuanDela_Cruz Nov 10 2014, 9:18am says:

the 3.3 won't destroy my saves right?

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Miklkit Creator
Miklkit Nov 10 2014, 12:15pm replied:

New game required.

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