I've had a few chances to see Pirates Of The Black Cove in action and I have to say it looks rather pleasing. It's got a strong whiff of Sid Meier's Pirates! to it, with roaming about in an open world in your ship, picking fights as you wish, while also being largely quest driven, so that it has a sort of Pirate-gang Diablo aspect to it. You build up various pirate towns with facilities enabling recruitment of ever more gruff and dangerous pirate type units which you can then take ashore to loot and pillage. But you no longer need rely on my reportage for an idea of whether it's any good, because there's a demo, containing a good chunk of the full game. Go check it out.
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