Uncharted Waters Online, a free-to-play MMORPG I've wanted to see in the States for years now based on the awesomeness of the NES/SNES/Genesis Uncharted Waters games, is finally coming to Noth America and Europe thanks to developer Tecmo Koei and Korean publisher CJ Internet.

The PC game originally launched in Japan in 2004, followed by releases in Korea, Taiwan, and China, but it has so far not received an English version. Koei's U.S. branch hinted at a North American Release at the 2006 E3, but it wasn't until the advent of this year's E3 that anyone revealed an estimate for Uncharted Waters Online's Stateside debut: Summer 2010.

The MMO is set during the Age of Exploration (between the 15th and 17th centuries), and offers six nations that players pledge allegiance to: England, Dutch Republic, Ancient RĂ©gime in France, Spanish Empire, Kingdom of Portugal, and Republic of Venice.

After choosing a country, gamers can buy, build, and customize ships that will help them explore, trade, and conquer hundreds of neutral cities while ensuring their chosen nation becomes the world's leading power. They can also choose from several occupations after choosing a basic class (adventurer, merchant or soldier), battle other players, and join in "Great Sea Fights".

"Uncharted Waters Online is one of the most content equipped online games in the world and brings with it original game play and elements that distinguish it from the thousands of other MMORPGs out there," claims Tecmo Koei producer Mr. Tomokazu Takeda.