Several years ago, we were generously given the opportunity by Akella to have access to the source code for Age of Pirates 2 City of Abandoned Ships. After several months of discussion about what to do with it going forward, we decided to pursue a different path in creating our own game from scratch with Hearts of Oak. Over in Russia however, another group of modders, Blackmark Studio, was also given access to the code, and they decided to recreate the game from the ground up based on that source code. The game was released in Russia a few years ago under the title Pirates Odyssey To Each His Own!
The game was all in Russian however, and not on sale in the west, so it was not very accessible if you didn't speak the language. We did however take a look and were quite impressed with everything they had done to the game! They had added quite a bit to the code that allowed many things that were just not possible in CoAS before! Rather than go through each addition individually, this video gives a pretty good idea of what all has been added.
The game was also released on Steam, but again, only in Russian. Over the last few years, Blackmark studio has been working on an English translation of the game, with the help of some of our forum members, and a lot of other people. A few weeks ago they released the English Beta version on Steam. Today they have officially released the English version with a brand new title, it is now called Sea Dogs : To Each His Own!
The language barrier has been just that the past few years, a barrier! And there has been much confusion about just exactly what was going on with the game. Blackmark Studio has apologized to us for the delays and confusions over the past few years. We would also like to take this opportunity to apologize to them as well, we probably could have done a much better job of supporting them and their efforts. There were unfortunate mistakes and misunderstandings made on both sides. Hopefully with this release, we can set those aside and enjoy this game the way it was meant to be played!
There seems to be some early reports of crashes and bugs with the English version. Also, there appears to still be some translations that need to be done. All this is to be expected with a new game release, so please keep the comments under control gentleman. You can find the Steam page HERE!