With Bounty Bay Online players enter the Age of Discoveries from the 15th to the 17th century. MMO fans are able to choose an online career as a merchant, sailor, fisherman, pirate or adventurer and make their fortune at land and on the seven seas. Alone or with a guild of players, many adventures and gripping quests lie on their way. Thousands of ancient discoveries on all continents like the pyramids of Gizah or the Chinese Wall are waiting to be explored. After exciting PvP combat at land and on the seas, strong guilds can take control of colonies and cities and decide upon their destiny. Bounty Bay Online features a unique trade system based on supply and demand.
Right from first glance the add-on will integrate a significant geographical expansion of the historical explorer and sailor world. With South America, experienced players will receive a completely new continent as a destination for their voyages of exploration. Six new port cities ranging across the western coasts of South and North America serve as focus points for a vibrant trade with the new world. For the first time ocean adventurers will have the opportunity to sail right around the whole world in ‘Beyond the Horizon’ using the Cape Horn route. Passing by the village-like ‘Magellan Supply Station’ on the tip of South America, players will be able to arrive at San Diego. Those who venture further up north will discover the Mayan capital of Salinas to be an important hub of the expansion. The tropical metropolis represents the showplace for a high level quest line which leads player groups past snakes, Maya guardians and other dangerous creatures in a jungle-draped Mayan instance with some valuable treasures. Following Salinas players reach the scenic Cruz in Middle America as well as San Francisco, the first glamorous and sophisticated city on America’s west coast – each city featuring its own trading port. In the far north players who aren’t too shy of the cold can discover the snowy Seward and its off-shore icebergs on the Alaskan coast.
In ‘Beyond the Horizon’ Frogster is to expand the pet system of Bounty Bay Online with various new functions and will introduce four new pets. Hell Wolf, Ice Fairy, Shadow Reaper and Wild Bull will become available to players as faithful companions in the fourth quarter of 2009 as a part of the comprehensive expansion. Along with traditional functions and values such as Loyalty, Health, Experience, or Pet Level, the new pets will also have so-called ‘additional attributes’ such as ‘Damage Bonus’ and ‘Critical Hit’. Slots in the interface of the four newcomers will enable players to fit equipment or to teach them exclusive skills. Thanks to the new companions having their own inventories, they offer additional storage space for the main character. With basic commands such as ‘Attack’ or ‘Follow’, owners can control their pets either via the pet menu or by using the action bar. A separate pet action bar allows players to arrange the pet quartet’s exclusive skills comfortably and execute these from there.
The four new creatures can be summoned using a special whistle which will be available in the Item Shop. With all their supporting functions, the pets are rather more than just passive companions. As brave protectors, untiring hunters and strong combatants, they are controlled in parallel with the main character and thus are always actively at the players’ sides. But so that their pets don’t take flight, or even die, players need take care of their pets and feed them attentively.
Besides the active pet system, the expansion will contain the new continent South America, six new towns, five new character classes, new instances, new PvP arenas and tournaments and new mini-games. In keeping with its predecessors, ‘Beyond the Horizon’ will be available free of charge.
In April 2008 Frogster has started a free-to-play server with an integrated item shop as an alternative to the subscription model, so that new sailors can now roam the Seven Seas without any fixed costs.
- Hundreds of authentic ship models
- Land and sea combat
- More than 60 realistic towns and harbours.
- Guilds can conquer towns and decide upon their taxes and tariffs
- Free add-on „Storm Island“ with new items, new features and new regions included
- Free Colony Add-on released in January 2009
Bounty Bay Online is currently available worldwide, with the Beyond the Horizon expansion scheduled for Q4 2009.
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