From: Central Texas
You MUST NOT release it without a HUGE update to pirates. Pirates are one of the MOST IMPORTANT features of the game. They should get HUGE improvements, like their own black market economy, ability to become a syndicate and more. Distant Worlds exists only because of the PIRATES. Without pirates you simply don't have DW, period. They must be given thorough consideration and attention.
If you fail the pirates, you will find a jolly roger painted on your front door the day before you disappear without a trace.....
I like the fact that most features in DW can be turned on or off. I don't like pirates and play without them.
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