KingsIsle Entertainment Launches Pirate101

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Texas Business reports:  PLANO—Yo Ho, Ahoy and Avast! KingsIsle Entertainment today launched its second game Pirate101, the follow-up title to Wizard101.

The game enables players to take the helm of their own pirate ship and explore a story of intrigue and mystery.  

“The launch of Pirate101 is a significant event for KingsIsle,” said KingsIsle chief executive Elie Akilian in a prepared statement. “It showcases our creative talent and our ability to develop and publish multiple compelling online family entertainment properties.”

“The overwhelming popularity of Wizard101 has raised the bar for our sophomore effort – and anticipation for Pirate101 has reached a fever pitch,” said KingsIsle creative director J. Todd Coleman in a statement. “We believe that Pirate101 will be received with the same level of enthusiasm as Wizard101 and will establish KingsIsle as the clear leader in online family gaming.”

The announcement marks the beginning of a seven day head start for paying Pirate101 members and Beta players. Free-to-play access for Pirate101 will begin on October 15.

Today also marks the beginning of retail availability for Pirate101 game cards across the United States. At launch, KingsIsle has partnered with GameStop to offer a variety of Pirate101 and Wizard101 game card options at point of sale. Anyone who purchases a Pirate101 game card from any retail partner will be eligible for head start access prior to October 15.  

“As part of our on-going effort to efficiently deliver new digital content in our stores, we are thrilled to partner with KingsIsle as they launch their second major title, Pirate101,” said Brad Schliesser, GameStop's Director of Retail Digital Distribution, in  a statement. “Wizard101 cards are consistently some of the most popular game cards and customers who shop our stores will be able to use cash, gift cards and trade credit towards their purchase.”

KingsIsle Entertainment is a developer and publisher that specializes in creating massively multiplayer online games.  KingsIsle is headquartered in Plano, Texas, and has a development studio in Austin, Texas.