Flying Lab Software Unveils Pirates of the Burning Sea: Power&Prestige™ Feature List&Beta Test

04/14/2009, Seattle WA: Flying Lab Software has lifted the cover off the feature list for Power&Prestige™, the first major expansion to its critically acclaimed MMORPG title Pirates of the Burning Sea™ due for release in summer 2010.

Those captains anxious to take sail in Power&Prestige™ can apply to test out the game’s new features in advance during the expansion’s beta period, which will open in the Spring of 2010. The games new features include the highly anticipated Port Governance feature, over 60 new missions, and new NPC factions.

Players can apply to take part in Flying Lab Software’s Power&Prestige™ beta program by visiting http://www.burningsea.com/page/ppbeta. Players on trial accounts can also apply to take part in the beta test, so now is an excellent time to try the game. An active subscription will be required to access the beta server when it opens.

Pirates of the Burning Sea™ is an MMORPG featuring high-seas action and adventure in a bold world of pirates and plunder. Set against the backdrop of the New World of the 18th century, players can choose one of three nations— England, France or Spain— or choose the role of a Pirate to battle it out for glory and power.

Power&Prestige™ expands upon the game’s already robust real-time Conquest system, allowing players to not only capture ports on behalf of their parent nations, but to also become a Port Governor with great economic and strategic influence.

Pirates of the Burning Sea: Power&Prestige™ Feature List:

· Port Governance

Become the Governor of a port! In Power&Prestige™, players and player societies can spend influence to elect Governors in ports throughout the Burning Sea. Once elected Governor, you can:

o Display your name under the port's name in the Open Sea, or choose to share the glory with their whole society. You can also set a message that greets anyone who enters the port.

o Take important economic and military actions such as setting the tax rate of the port, improving the port's infrastructure, reducing the port's unrest, and boosting the port's defenses.

o Draw a salary from the port's coffers.

o Display a special title while you are governor, and access an exclusive shop to purchase special governor-only items.

· Content

We are adding over 60 new missions to the game, using new techniques to produce content that is even more exciting and challenging.

o We have added new content to ensure that you can reach Celebrated reputation with your favorite player-friendly factions and be rewarded for it!

o We are introducing four new "Pirate Hunter" factions: the Board of Marque, the Men of War, the Salon d'Aventure and the Corsarios del Rey. Each of these new privateering factions has unique storyline missions available to all nations!

o Factions will have shops that offer outfitting, customizable clothing and sails to players who have earned sufficient respect.

o We’re adding new repeatable missions as part of Port Governance: Governor's Requests! Complete the bonus objectives to infuse your favorite port's treasury.

· Avatar skill revision

We’ve giving our Avatar Combat skills an overhaul, and we’re separating out Brawling to be its own fighting school.

· Ship Combat Tuning

We’re giving every ship in the game a significant revision, and we’re adding new features to help combat troublesome outfitting stacking!

· Career Improvements

Each of our five careers is getting a complete revision, which will include the addition of new skills allowing for more tactical gameplay.

· Character Lighting Improvements

Character lighting in towns and other environments has been overhauled to look more realistic.

About Pirates of the Burning Sea™

Pirates of the Burning Sea™ is developed by Flying Lab Software and published under SOE’s Platform Publishing Label. More information, download instructions and a 14-day trial for new players are available through the Pirates of the Burning Sea website www.burningsea.com<http://www.burningsea.com> .

About Flying Lab Software

Flying Lab Software, a Seattle, Washington, based game development company established in 1997, is the maker of the critically acclaimed Rails Across America. Flying Lab Software is currently working on expanding Pirates of the Burning Sea and several new games for its Casual division. For more information about Flying Lab Software, please visit www.flyinglab.com<http://www.flyinglab.com>

To arrange an interview with a member of our team about Power&Prestige, please contact Tom Atkinson-Edwards at tomae@flyinglab.com


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