Flying Lab Software announced that its free expansion for Pirates of the Burning Sea – Power & Prestige – will go live at the beginning of August, 2010. This expansion includes more than 60 new missions, 4 new factions, Port Governance and a new “brawling” combat school.

Pirates of the Burning Sea is an MMORPG featuring high-seas action and adventure in a bold world of pirates and plunder. Set against the backdrop of the New World of the 18th century, players can choose one of three nations — England, France or Spain — or choose the role of a Pirate to battle it out for glory and power.

Power & Prestige expands upon the game’s already stalwart real-time Conquest system, allowing players to not only capture ports on behalf of their parent nations, but to also become a Port Governor with great economic and strategic influence.

Power & Prestige Feature List

* Port Governance : Become the Governor of a port! In Power & Prestige, you and your societies can spend influence to elect Governors in ports throughout the Burning Sea. Once elected Governor, you can:

o Display your name under the port’s name in the Open Sea, or choose to share the glory with their whole society. You can also set a message that greets anyone who enters the port.
o Take important economic and military actions such as setting the tax rate of the port, improving the port’s infrastructure, reducing the port’s unrest, and boosting the port’s defenses.
o Draw a salary from the port’s coffers.
o Display a special title while you are governor, and access an exclusive shop to purchase special governor-only items.

* Content: We have added more than 60 new missions to the game, using new techniques to produce content that is even more exciting and challenging.

o Added new content to ensure that you can reach Celebrated reputation with your favorite player-friendly factions and be rewarded for it!
o Introduced four new “Pirate Hunter” factions: the Board of Marque, the Men of War, the Salon d’Aventure and the Corsarios del Rey. Each of these new privateering factions has unique storyline missions available to all nations!
o Factions have shops that offer outfitting, customizable clothing and sails to players who have earned sufficient respect.
o Added new repeatable missions as part of Port Governance: Governor’s Requests! Complete the bonus objectives to infuse your favorite port’s treasury.

* Avatar skill revision: Avatar Combat skills have been overhauled, and Brawling is now its own distinct fighting school.
* Ship Combat Tuning: Every ship in the game has had a significant revision, and we’ve added new features to help combat troublesome outfitting stacking!
* Career Improvements: Each of our five careers has been given a complete revision, which includes the addition of new skills allowing for more tactical gameplay.
* Character Lighting Improvements: Character lighting in towns and other environments has been overhauled to look more realistic.