Disney Interactive has announced a new Pirates of the Caribbean game, entitled Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned. The action-RPG features a large, open world and an original story set in the PotC universe, giving players control of a customizable character whose path can be shaped by a number of moral choices experienced throughout the game.
Gametrailers has the first video, which shows off a game much better than many likely expected from the description. Visually, it looks right up there with some of the better looking action-RPGs on the systems, and the combat definitely rings reminiscent of games like Batman: Arkham Asylum. All in all, we really hope to get some hands-on with the game at E3 next week, since it looks like it might be a good replacement to Fable III for anyone who doesn't feel like dancing around their living room with Natal. The press release is below, and we'll be sure to keep you posted.
DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS ANNOUNCES PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ARMADA OF THE DAMNED
New Action Role-Playing Video Game Featuring Open World Exploration and an Original Story in Development at Propaganda Games
BURBANK, Calif. — (May 27, 2009) – Live to tell the tale of becoming a notorious pirate captain or suffer a fate of eternal damnation. Disney Interactive Studios today announced the development of Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned, an epic, action role-playing game (RPG) from Propaganda Games, Disney’s video game development studio in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Armada of the Damned is an entirely new experience within the Pirates of the Caribbean universe. The game takes place before the events of the blockbuster films. Players will take on the role of a pirate and embark on epic land and sea adventures. Numerous moral and character choices will need to be made that affect their character and the original story within the world. Players will explore a massive open world while fighting enemies, mystical creatures and Mother Nature, both to gain experience and stay alive. Supernatural elements familiar to the Pirates of the Caribbean world will also affect their character’s story and influence their choices.
“Armada of the Damned is a dynamic action role-playing game that captures all of the franchise’s excitement, unpredictability and action while delving into narrative elements never before explored within this unique universe,” said Dan Tudge, vice president and general manager, Propaganda Games. “Our team’s collective experience with industry-leading RPGs and action titles provides a strong foundation for us to create and build a compelling action role-playing title.”
Armada of the Damned is scheduled to be released in autumn 2010 for next-generation consoles and Windows PC.
Armada of the Damned is an extension of the globally successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which began more than 40 years ago as a theme park attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. The franchise continues to excite park goers with millions of visitors experiencing the four current theme park attractions at Disney parks around the world. The three blockbuster films grossed more than $2.6 billion worldwide in theaters and have continued to be successful on home video. Disney Interactive Studios has shipped more than 6 million units worldwide of self-published multiplatform Pirates of the Caribbean video games, which were inspired by the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” films.