Bethesda to publish Pirates of the Caribbean

The creators of the Sea Dogs series will be publishing a game based on the upcoming film.

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Bethesda Softworks has announced that it will be publishing a game based on the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC. In the game, players will assume the role of a 17th-century seafarer and ultimately decide if they become a mercenary, a merchant, or a dastardly pirate. In addition, players will be able to earn experience and money that they can then use to purchase additional crewmembers and even larger ships. The game will also make extensive use of various weather effects that will affect the way that the ships control.

"The appeal of Pirates of the Caribbean is timeless," said Sanjeev Lamba, vice president of marketing and international at Disney Interactive. "The franchise will now have the opportunity to transcend many entertainment mediums and genres. Bethesda's reputation and expertise in creating compelling RPGs will make Pirates of the Caribbean a role-playing game experience that will reflect the true spirit of the franchise."

The Xbox and PC version of Pirates of the Caribbean are scheduled for release in June. A release date for the PlayStation 2 version of the game has yet to be determined. In related news, Bethesda has suspended development on Sea Dogs II, but the company says that Pirates of the Caribbean will appeal to those that were looking forward to Sea Dogs II.

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