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Guest Post by D.S. Devereaux: Why Grizzleheim is P101’s Next Big Priority

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“We’ll have more to discuss soon, and I don’t want to Boar anyone with details, so let me just wish you the best of summer fun and offer a few words of guidance for the coming months: temperatures can sometimes be a Bear as summer moves along…”

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Boar and Bear. These are two of the terms of note in the producer’s letter inconspicuously laden with words like it, perhaps hinting at summer updates. With the Advanced Pets/Companions changes in tow, it would be surprising to see any major changes soon, but players suspect that there is still something to come this summer. Hey, I don’t want to Boar anyone, either – let’s take a look at what these two words could denote.

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Where Are the Pets?

The Spring 2014 update brought Advanced Pets, and the promise of new pets. Almost none of these new pets have been found, though. There is a vendor in Bestia that sells some, as well as additional pets in the Crown Shop. But where are the rest?

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With an update bringing pets (and hybrids), you would hope that there is at least one hybrid anyway. The only pet that has been discovered without a crowns symbol, so far, is the Mechanical Owl. It also appears on the game launcher for Pirate101, so it must be in the game somewhere.

The Mechanical Owl was a pet of Athena’s in Greek mythology, so this pet could well be dropped in Aquila if it is not a hybrid.

 

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Pets that have the crown shop icon (top left corner) mean that they are or will be in the crown shop, bundle, pack, etc. These pets are also dropped, though, and have not yet been seen in-game. These could be dropped anywhere or could be future plans as bundles or crown shop pets.

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Not all of the new pets added to the game in the Spring 2014 update have been found yet. To explore and discover possible new pets, play Practice Pet PvP against the computer, where a randomly selected pet from the game will be chosen as your opponent. You might find a new pet!

Full Update Summary

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Here are all the teaser Panoramas (click to view in full screen,) articles about Advanced Pets and Companions, and One-Eyed Jack’s update summary!

This page will be updated if more teasers are released. This page has portion copyright under KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc.

The Hype at its Highest

If you haven’t heard about all of Pirate101’s coming updates, click HERE for all of the articles, panoramas, and sneak peeks released within the past few days.

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What is “Hype?”

hype [hīp] n.extravagant or extensive publicity or promotion

v.

promote or publicize (a product or idea) intensively (…)

More recently, the term “hype” has been used to describe excitement or restlessness before a publicized product is released. For example, “The hype was building for Pirate101’s newest update.”

What does this have to do with Pirate101?

Ever since November, players have been finishing the newest worlds added to Pirate101; Marleybone and Aquila. Some resorted to PvP, others quit, but almost all players began waiting for the next update- a chance to get back into the game with new content.

Seeing this problem, and the potential loss of players, KingsIsle worked on solving the problem. The logical way to do this was to build hype for the players to return. Making the players excited for the new content by showing very small (and sometimes confounding) bits of content.

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The Sneak Peeks have been coming endlessly. When will we get a “real” update?

One problem with using the aforementioned strategy to build hype and keep players is it does not keep players indefinitely. Even if a teaser is released once a month, or more, all players may become frustrated, which would result in a larger loss of players.

Nearing a year since the last storyline update, Pirate101 is cutting it close. In the past few days, however, it appears that the updates are coming soon, with the hype at its highest.

For the First Time in Forever

Showing almost full zone previews before an update is not very wise unless the update is coming incredibly soon. Knowing this, we can expect that a Pirate101 update must come very soon.

The hype for this is extremely high right now, but this hype can also die very quickly if Test Realm doesn’t come out soon. Good luck, Pirates!

The Metal “Eye”Patch

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The Metal Eye Patch is a reward for entering a code received from one of “Avery’s CourtCam” events. These are announced  on Pirate101’s Twitter the day of the event and only last for about 15 minutes. Friendly Thomas, also known as The Friendly Necromancer or One-Eyed Jack will give out a code related to a camera (Cam and Camera have been the two codes as of 2/24) that redeems for an eyepatch.

Those that are there at the predetermined time are recorded using the KingsIsle flyover and posted on Pirate101’s vine account then tweeted.

These types of giveaways are a step in the right direction for KingsIsle! They can keep players entertained while preparing new content updates! Make sure to keep checking Twitter if you want an eyepatch- good luck!

Next Hint!

Pirate101 has released their next hint to upcoming updates!

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This reminds me of one that was posted way back in November…

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I am thinking they will be new class companions. They look like they are both there for the same reason and Carcarius Grimtooth is saying, “…I seek passage with you!”

If you’re looking for the rest of the teaser images, I have two posts here and here on those.

Completely Barmy: Locked Chest

I’m back from the holidays and ready for more Pirate101! Recently, the January newsletter was released and it has another hint towards content! This one also talks about things being “completely barmy,” but is also completely different. If you don’t know what I’m talking about check out my other post here.

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I am thinking this will be a “side update” with the new big Valencia expansion that everyone is talking about and is being confirmed subtly. It may be a new loot system, side quest line, item locking, or something all new! (Hoping for the last one!)

Also, to see the rest of the January newsletter, go here.

Yuletide Items Released

All of the Yuletide items from last year are back in the crown shop! Make sure to keep up with the 12 Days of the Spiral for more surprises! Here is the list I made quickly of all of the released items.

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Pirate101 Test Realm Opens!

While we’re preparing Pirate101 for a much larger update coming in the future, we still felt there were a few pressing items we could no longer wait to introduce . . . things like major bug fixes, Buccaneer class improvements, improved Kraken Skulls Tavern companions, simplification of ship combat, new holiday items and some all new Skull Island themed gear! Read on to get all the details of this latest update to Pirate101.

Awesome! View the update notes by clicking here!

NOTE:

  • This Test Realm is available to Members with an Active Membership.
  • This Test Realm is also available to Crowns Players who have made a purchase of $6 or more in the last 30 days.
  • This Test Realm is NOT available to Free to Play Players.

For more information, please see the official Test Realm page here:https://www.pirate101.com/free_game/test_realm
Once you mark the checkbox to agree to the conditions and rules of the Test Realm, the download link will become available.

What’s Coming to Pirate101?

So far there have been two previews to something that is coming to Pirate101! Here are both of them if you haven’t seen them yet! Comment if you have an idea about what’s happening!

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