Pirates of the Caribbean action RPG canceled

Disney confirms Propaganda "restructuring" led to shelving of Armada of the Damned; up to 100 layoffs reported.

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The original Pirates of the Caribbean movie dealt with a crew of buccaneers suffering from an ancient curse. The upcoming action role-playing game Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned was to focus specifically on the origins of the curse and serve as a prequel of sorts to the film series.

Abandon ship!

Now it appears the game itself was cursed. Following online reports, Disney Interactive Studios confirmed the cancellation of Armada of the Damned, which was in development at Vancouver-based Propaganda Studios (Turok). The open-world title was scheduled to be released in early 2011 for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, and it was to have a focus on exploration.

Unfortunately, the move sparked a wave of layoffs at Propaganda, "As a result of this decision, Disney Interactive Studios completed a restructuring of Propaganda Games, its Vancouver, BC internal studio, affecting one of the studio's two development teams," said Disney in statement. No number was given, but gaming blog Kotaku's tipsters put the total at nearly 100.

Disney was keen to point out that the layoffs had not affected Propaganda's other project. "The studio is still in active production of Tron: Evolution, the video game, which will be released on December 7, 2010, with additional DLC (downloadable content) support following the game's release," it said in a statement. The game will ship shortly before Disney's high-profile film Tron: Legacy debuts in theaters December 17.

Discussion

138 comments
Sgthombre
Sgthombre

So let me get this straight... a RPG based on one of Disney's most profitable franchises gets cancelled, but the game based on Chicken Little got the green light...

999eric
999eric

This is a severe disappointment

Soren318
Soren318

is there any chance that disney or the other company will pick the game back up and finish it so that we all can enjoy like the first actually good pirate game since like the first xbox?

Vistaer
Vistaer

Dang. I did a random search on some games I noted at E3 last year I wanted to keep an eye on and found this today. There hasn't been a good high-seas pirate game in years, such as the Sea Dogs, Sid' Meier's Pirates, etc. I was really hopeful for this.

b0sse
b0sse

They should have cancelled the TRON game instead of this. Disney, what are you thinking? :(

JSS98
JSS98

does disney even realize what they stopped making

JSS98
JSS98

I bet the only reason they stopped this game was because the 1st didnt do well

Berkut666
Berkut666

Shame. Could have been the first good POC game.

Traviankocsog
Traviankocsog

canceled???? how in the world.. shoulda been a great game

999eric
999eric

this sucks I was loking foward to this game so much

big_boss1988
big_boss1988

i say let's rate tron as abysmal (1) to teach them a lesson. this will cut their revenue because many people will afraid to buy it.

sonofsports
sonofsports

Let me get this straight...the one game that would have gotten Disney out of that aweful funk of having bad video games is canceled, and Tron is being continued? If history tells us anything, it's that games based off movies, for the most part, NEVER do well. I guarantee that this game would have sold millions. Instead they continue with Tron. Diseny, for once in my life I am severly disappointed in your decision.

Jerzionit
Jerzionit

Can't believe they didn't continue with this instead of that garbage TRON

lonewolf315
lonewolf315

Just so as you all know there ARE open world pirate games. Pirates of the Carribean for the original Xbox was open world. Good luck finding it though. And you'll need an original xbox to play it as the 360 isn't compatible with it. Disney also released a Pirates of the Carribean MMO a couple years ago. It's campy as all heck but it IS an open world pirate game.

jamerncc1701
jamerncc1701

this game probably would've been better than the tron thing, i think so at least.

chopmoon
chopmoon

I never believed I could hate Disney for anything. Now I do. One of the biggest turnoff of the year...

Vengeful_Angel
Vengeful_Angel

To think that Disney had a great concept, then decides to flush it. Eff-tards.

ronnet
ronnet

Stupid, stupid, STUPID. Unlike all other Disney games this one actually looked like it was going to be able to stand on its own instead of being some mediocre games, released too soon to profit from the movie released in the same period. Which is what this Tron game will undoubebly be (and the previous pirate game was).

freedomspopular
freedomspopular

I was looking forward to this one. Oh well. Perhaps someday will get an open world pirate RPG.

drewparm
drewparm

Why do video game companies refuse to make pirate games? Everybody wants a free roam style pirates game, and Sid Meiers is the only one to attempt it. GOD I hate Disney. They buy everything and then ruin it

Radium217
Radium217

I rate we all boycott Tron Evolution.

AhlawyDon
AhlawyDon

It would be one of the best games

cannibal87
cannibal87

nooooooooooooooooooo the first good pirates of the caribbean game out the window look so good to

TStilwell
TStilwell

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Heartagram_03
Heartagram_03

Why? At least disney should sell the project to another studio to finish it. Dumb move on disney's part.

darklord_dragon
darklord_dragon

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01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

Awww man! I was so lookin forward to this game! Damn this sucks! =(

hajjjustin
hajjjustin

thats sucks this was looking good kinda like a fable of the sea, well there goes that

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

What!? Can`t believe it.. Disney stick you stupid Tron Legacy up your a@#! Armada of the Damned was one of my most anticipated games of 2011! Now they come with this crap! Who cares about Tron Legacy!? F@## this!

24k_Solid_Gold
24k_Solid_Gold

I believe I speak for all of us when I say "Disney, F*** you!" >:/

pdqstyle
pdqstyle

true bullsh*t, i was really looking forward to this.. yet they are still gonna finish the Tron game tie in. what a joke.

999eric
999eric

This was the game I was looking foward to yhe most in 2011 it looked so cool

spOOoOOn
spOOoOOn

I wonder how and at what point people decide that a game sucks so badly they have to terminate it, wasting millions in sunk cost and relocate/fire dozens of people over it...

Malhound
Malhound

Another company might be continuing development for this game instead of Propaganda Games. Please not May 2011. This sucks.

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

That sucks I was looking forward to this game

danielkennedy91
danielkennedy91

Disney is known to be evil but so does Apple.... see a connection yet?

Radium217
Radium217

Out of the 2 games they were developing they carried on making the stupid movie tie-in and not Armada of the Damned? Screw Disney.

Ace_Hardlight
Ace_Hardlight

This was my highlight of 2011... It looked amazing, I loved Sid meire's Pirates, this looked even better! Naval Combat and running around with a giant anchor! I loved the idea of being a legandary or dreaded pirate (the dreaded pirate looks awesome) What idiots are running Disney's gaming department?!

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

Oh well I'm still going to watch the Tron movie and POTC 4 Movie.

tacosrtreats
tacosrtreats

 @Soren318 a good pirate game would be pirates of the carribean (PC) by bethesda it was originally titled seadogs 2 it's also an rpg, but is a bit dated