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The Ultimate Age of Sail Experience

Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas is the PiratesAhoy! community’s first venture into standalone game development, and is intended to become what we believe is the ultimate historical seafaring game, set in the Age of Sail.

What we’re aiming for is a game with a vast open world, filled with historically accurate locales to explore and highly detailed ships to sail. There will be a variety of quests to experience, based on both history and popular fiction. The gameplay will be similar in style to the Storm Engine-based games that we are known for modifying, but we intend to take it further and offer more freedom, immersion and authenticity.

The player will assume the role of a captain and have full command of their crew, being able to delegate tasks and give orders in the heat of battle. Dynamic hand-to-hand combat will make land battles and boarding skirmishes a fast paced, hectic experience. An ever-changing economy will affect the game world and the decisions the player makes. The player may choose to enlist in a navy, lead an honest merchant life, or resort to piracy, with each career path being equally rewarding and engaging.

A Dream Fulfilled

We have been creating mods for pirate-themed games for more than ten years, and although many people have come and gone over the years, our collective passion for the genre continues to flourish even today.

One thing has become clear to us after everything we’ve done: we have so many ideas, but no engine we’ve worked with has been good enough to fully realise them. We want to take everything we’ve learnt about history, game design and teamwork to the next level, to put all of our skills and knowledge into the best experience possible. We want a game world that isn’t bound by the limitations of a decade-old engine. We want gameplay that feels smooth and immersive, with modern graphics to match. We want to see what we’re really capable of, in delivering the game we’ve always dreamed of.

A Tale worth Telling

Our New Horizons mod for Pirates of the Caribbean is well known for adding a wide variety of new quests and storylines to the game, each with interesting and creative uses of the tools available. For Hearts of Oak, we want to continue this tradition of storytelling with a tale that is more dynamic and believable than anything we’ve done before.

Details are largely under wraps at this stage, but our team of experienced and creative writers promise to give you an experience you won’t forget.