Prepare to put on your black jumpsuit, brandish your katana, and stealthily engage the Pirates of the Burning Sea as it enters open beta beginning Friday. Wow, wish we could go back and fix that first sentence. Sony Online Entertainment's swashbuckling adventure will technically be open only to FilePlanet subscribers on Friday, Dec. 7, with others receiving their invites during the week.

Pirates of the Burning Sea has been in development for quite some time and there's been no changes to its plans in pillaging retail beginning Jan. 22. We'll take any alternatives to World of Warcraft at this point. The MMO genre is a nasty place with games releasing and then hardly hearing a peep out of them after. Maybe Pirates won't sink soon after leaving port. Now where's the ninja MMO?

This article was originally published on Joystiq.