i have to say im not a great fan of playing as pirates
i mean, as it stands, they have, what, 6 different kinds of ship?
playing pirates as they are now is not really my idea of fun, basically they are too simplistic
also, IC would have to develop an entire balance system for them, including economy, research tree, capital ships... and then there is lore to consider, how it fits in... after all, we are playing a game about empires, how does playing pirates fit in?
however, depending on the love IC will give to pirates in the next X-pack, idn, i might change my mind