VIA Arena offers a sneak peek at Pirates of the Burning Sea, an upcoming new online RPG.  Right now it is in beta, and the article contains a link to the beta-tester application form, if you are interested.
“The game I speak of is a new MMORPG that is based on history not fantasy! It takes skill to win a battle! No magic! You can have a peg leg! Doesn’t that sound refreshing? It’s called Pirates of the Burning Sea (POTBS). If you ever played Sid Meier’s Pirates! or Sea Dogs and loved those games but felt their was something missing, you were right: they were missing an online player base. POTBS has this plus a ton more. You can be a plundering pirate, a humble trader or even a naval captain.”

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