Privateering for fun and profit
Of course, the meat of the game is all about sailing your own warship in search of prey, loot and unknown lands. Seeing as how ships back in this era were almost entirely wind-powered, a good captain will read his wind gauge and use it to his advantage.
You have several resources to help you stay afloat longer. Timber is crucial for ship repair (after all, trees don't grow on the water!), while more food enables you to strike out further and farther from port.
As you traverse the seas, your ship can go from predator to prey due to ambushes; however, there are skills that enable you to slip by them, unharmed.
Sooner or later, of course, combat becomes inevitable, and here's where the game shines. Battles are an intricate real-time affair of ship positioning, cannon attacks, and special skills. You win when the enemy ship is sunk or all of its crew members are wiped out.
When you get tired of fighting computer-controlled pirates, the realm of PvP action beckons with exciting 5v5 battles. Countries will battle for dominance and territories, gaining and losing important ports and islands as national warfare progresses.
However, Uncharted Waters Online
isn't skewed toward raids, so don't expect huge fleets taking on Mecha-Columbus in his Underwater Fortress of Doom.
Ahead of the pack
Uncharted Waters Online
might not have the detailed graphics of Pirates of the Burning Sea,
but the developers are adamant that theirs is a more faithful ship simulator with in-depth systems.
For example, the world map is largely blank at the beginning, so you'll have to travel around to uncover ports and secrets. There are more than a thousand different locations to discover, including special animals and treasure. Explorer-style players will rejoice over a system of skills that help us discover these secret places.
Right now, the developers admit that there's not a lot of end game content past the PvP system but insist that there will be plenty of reasons for players to explore a different class once they hit the cap. We'll see if player pirates give this title a hearty "YARRR!" or a lackluster "Nay..." when Uncharted Waters Online
launches later this summer.