With 55,000 players already signing themselves up for the beta of this new MMO, it's clear to see that 2013 will be the year for Free to Play games that take up every waking hour.

I should know, I've been playing MMO's for the past ten years. Paid, free, I love them all but currently I'm finding myself drawn to the F2P environments that are popping up all over the place. Kartuga is the next in a long line of browser based MMO's looking to grab the gaming publics attention in 2013.

Check out the press release and video below for more info on the game. Add your name to the Beta list, it can't hurt... unless you're afraid of pirates!

InnoGames readies champagne for launch of pirate action game closed beta

InnoGames, one of the worldwide leading publishers and developers of browser-based games, has today revealed that the closed beta for hotly-anticipated pirate action game Kartuga will begin in February.

When the beta launches next month, pre-registered players will have the opportunity to be among the first to conquer the world from their browser, in this jaw-dropping Unity 3D multiplayer adventure.

Kartuga is a brilliant new browser-based MMO which puts players in charge of one of three fully customisable classes of ship. The game’s core offering is simple: to deliver an ocean full of promise, adventure and potential riches – and tense, nail-biting sea-battles.

Co-operative PvP is very much the focus, with an open world for cool downs and exploring beautiful kingdoms in between battles. Each ship can be customised to suit a particular playing style – with players gaining skill points by levelling up.

And what worlds they are: with Ithosia, Kartu and the Empire of the Sun all available for plundering, players have a wonderful world to explore. And with various sectors within each world offering PvP missions or PvE quests, there’s always an adventure just over the horizon.

“So far, already 50,000 players pre-registered for the game and we cannot wait to show it to them”, says InnoGames spokesman Dennis Heinert. “The game adds new perspectives to the pirate genre. The setting does not have anything to do with clichéd Caribbean parrots, but will lead the players to three distinct areas. This is all free to play and massively multiplayer in a persistent world.”

Players have a few more days to sign up to the closed beta by heading over to www.kartuga.com.

More news on Kartuga will be revealed soon.