Pirate's Life Contest Deadline Extended to Feb. 15

Do you fancy the pirate's life? Well if you haven't entered the Pirates of the Caribbean Online Live the Pirate's Life Contest yet, you now have some more time; the deadline's been extended to Feb. 15.

To celebate the one-year anniversary of the game, which occurred on Halloween 2008, Disney's asking players to shoot a video of themselves (with their pirate gear, of course) explaining why they love Pirates of the Caribbean Online. The grand prize winner gets a ton of stuff, including a 3-day trip for 2 to Disneyland (including airfare), two night accomodations at the Disneyland Hotel (with one of those nights being in the Pirates of the Caribbean Suite), a chance to meet the Pirates of the Caribbean Online crew, and more!

So if you haven't entered yet, you may as well use this deadline extension to get to work on your video. You can submit your entry and read all the rules and prizes here.

Many Events Planned for Anniversary Celebration

Pirates of the Caribbean Online is celebrating its one-year anniversary on Oct. 31, and the developers have a ton of announcements and surprises in store for players.

Lead developer Greg Wiatroski posted a diary entry on what's in store in the next year for the game. He said that ships customization will increase, a more traditional inventory system, such as banks and slots, may be implemented, and more features will be added for both basic and unlimited members.

Also, according to a press release by Disney Online, "Pirates of the Caribbean Online partnered with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to bring a little Pirates magic into the life of Job McCully, a 10-year-old boy in Arkansas who is a leukemia survivor and has endured a bone marrow and double lung transplant." The episode will air this Sunday at 8 p.m. PST on ABC.

Keep reading for more anniversary information.

Pirates to Celebrate 1st Anniversary on Oct. 31

Pirates of the Caribbean Online is celebrating its one-year anniversary on Oct. 31. Jolly Roger has some spooky plans in store that day. As a birthday celebration, players will be rewarded in a variety of ways throughout October. The following information is straight from the game's news page.

During the month of October, 31 Basic Access Players will be randomly selected to receive a 14-day Unlimited Access upgrade! We'll also award 31 Unlimited Access Members with a special Pirates Online prize pack! Finally, we've got a very special gift planned for our Unlimited Access Founders.

The festivities will conclude with a "Live the Pirates Life" contest. More details will be released in the future.

Also, a massive game update went live today, including the introduction of Level 5 weapons, new quests, new bosses, skill point reallocation, and more.

Create your own pirate phrase for online contest

"National Talk Like a Pirate Day" may have come and gone, but there's still plenty of time to throw on an eye patch and randomly shout, "Avast!" Disney Online, the company behind Pirates of the Caribbean Online, has announced that it is celebrating the annual holiday for the next two weeks with a special contest.

Now through Oct. 3, players can enter the "Pirates of the Caribbean Online Talk Like a Pirate Contest" for a chance to have their own pirate saying added to the game. The top five original phrases will be added to SpeedChat in the game! Winners will also receive recognition on the game's Web site and a customized Pirates of the Caribbean Online T-shirt listing the winning phrases. To enter, players must login at www.PiratesOnline.com , visit the "Community Tab" and select the "Talk Like a Pirate Contest."


Free Preview Weekend for Pirates of the Caribbean

From August 15th through August 18th (12 PM PT), Disney Online will host a Free Preview Weekend for Pirates of the Caribbean Online which will include:

FREE Unlimited Access to the Caribbean - As the Spaniard Garcia de Avaricia and Frenchman Pierre le Porc fight for control of their territories, the battle in the Caribbean rages on! Eager for new recruits to join the fight, the French and Spanish Pirate "Lords" have decreed that for a limited time, free Unlimited Access be granted to all Basic Access Pirates! (After August 18th, accounts that were upgraded for free will revert back to Basic Access status).

50% discount on Customizable items for Unlimited Access Players - To reward Pirates that are already Members of the Unlimited Access crew, a 50% discount on customizable items will be available at all Clothing Tailors, Barbershops, Tattoo Parlors, and Jewelry Shops will be offered during this time.

To participate in the Free Preview Weekend, players can download the game as well as additional information at www.PiratesOnline.com .

Pirates of the Caribbean Online Adds Privateering

Ahoy, pirate lovers! Are you ready to pillage and plunder? Pirates of the Caribbean Online has added new content to allow you to do just that: privateering! Read on for details...

Disney Online has added Privateering to Pirates of the Caribbean Online! Players must side with the Frenchman Pierre by setting sail from the privateering port of Ile D'Etable De Porc - or side with the Spaniard Garcia by departing from Isla De La Avaricia. Then, with a "private license" in hand and able crew in tow, players can set off for some pillaging and plundering on the high seas!

Both Basic and Unlimited Access players can engage in Privateering. Pirate "Lords" on both islands will additionally challenge players with quests that, upon completion, will gain players gold and reputation points - not to mention a special Spanish or French tattoo! For background information on Privateering, players can check out the new Lore Journal "The Rise of the Privateer," on the game's website.

In addition to Privateering, Disney Online has made a number of enhancements to the Crew Interface, making it easier for players to gauge their Crewmember's health, bonuses, and overall status.