Pirates of the Caribbean Online dry-docked

Disney's family-friendly MMOG based on film franchise won't embark until this fall.

In January, Disney Online revealed its upcoming massively multiplayer online game based on the classic Pirates of the Caribbean amusement park ride and classic-in-waiting film franchise would have a decidedly unpirate-like method for plundering players' pockets. Instead of ransoming gaming rights outright at $9.95 a month, a limited-access, ad-supported version of the game would also be available. At that time, the publisher noted the MMOG's sails would unfurl come spring 2007, presumably in time for the film trilogy's May 25 theatrical conclusion.

However, it would seem the sea is indeed a cruel mistress. Now a few weeks into summer, Disney today has sent word that Pirates Online will be dry-docked until this fall. Citing the need for additional development time, the publisher plans to wrap up the game's first beta phase by mid-July and will commence its second phase come September. Disney has plans for various community outreach efforts and monthly developer diaries. Updates for these can be found on the game's Web site.

Pirates of the Caribbean has not yet been rated. However, given the publisher's intent to cater to a wide user base and family-friendly crowd, the graphic banditry will most likely be kept to a minimum.

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Wolf-Man2006
Wolf-Man2006

I bet this'll be fun, but games like these just aren't that successful because of too much stuff. You know what that means -.-

wild_world_girl
wild_world_girl

So now they are going to go head-to-head with the highly-anticipated and E3-award winning Pirates of the Burning Sea. Hmmm... doesn't sound too smart to me. Unless this Disney-created licensed IP is actually *better* than an independantly developed original IP. /sarcasm

sithlord645
sithlord645

Personally, i think this game will be great, i mean their combat system seems a little uninteresting, but the basic idea of joining a crew and riding on boats with crews that are built of your friends seems fun. Also the ranking system is interesting too. Don't judge a game just on its cover, but on how it plays.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Series isn't over... there's so much more crap to milk out of it. I'm talkin spinoffs and stuff.

makemeweak
makemeweak

I just don't see this IP supporting a profitable MMOG.

Thornscar
Thornscar

The Series is over. Didn't you watch after the credits?

maximillion
maximillion

You people do realize it's a family focused MMORPG extrapolated from their "Disney's Toontown Online" game. This is a game focusing on creating an environment where parents and kids can adventure together. I'm not that interested in it, and I agree that the graphics look fairly sub-par, but then the game's not being made for me. I bet it'll nail that point where it appeals to young kids, but isn't so kiddy that it'll give parents a headache.

knux15
knux15

This is probably the worse try at making a movie game... It might even be worse than Matrix Online. And yes I have seen (not played) about 12 hours of gameplay... And please note that all of you quoting on the Beta is against the TOS of playing it in the first place...

MeanMachine7
MeanMachine7

Has a unique and fun combat system, but graphics are very sub-par. I realize the game isn't finished yet, but unless they give the entire game a graphical overhaul it won't do too well.

DSJAM
DSJAM

I've played the beta. It's not bad ,but it is pretty buggy and the framerate drops to nill at times. With some work to keep it stable it could be really fun when it goes final. Besides, it's free. As far as family friendly,that just means no gore.There's plenty of combat.

Unkillable
Unkillable

Huh, "Family friendly" pirates, You don't say... When were Pirates ever 'family friendly'?

cayne_phoenix
cayne_phoenix

first Star Gate and now this... how many movie/series-based games are going to be made? they are going to suck... Lord of the Rings got lucky...

HyruleanLink
HyruleanLink

I will pass. The world's end game was okay.

Corpand
Corpand

this will crash and burn, remember my words

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

Eh, a MMOG pirate game sounds tepidly interesting, but I don't trust Disney to make one. I suspect this one will be fun for about a few weeks and then people will shelve it.

the_razorback
the_razorback

This game, if it ever comes out, will die along with others that cater just to the kiddies... i.e. Earth & Beyond

dzms
dzms

I prefer olden day pirates, modern day pirates just don't have the same appeal

Jake_da_pake
Jake_da_pake

juggernaut, its a matter of opinion and i think most of us would prefer the olden day pirates.

345669
345669

Cool Idea, Will have to wait to how it turns out.

Juggernaut140
Juggernaut140

how about a mmo about modern day pirates? speed boats and AK-47's against sabres and wooden ships. I think we all know which sounds better. And whats with all the freakin pirate puns.

cur2702
cur2702

A MMOG about pirates...interesting!

TensiNothing
TensiNothing

it could use some more work.. I'm getting kind of tired of all the glitches.

musicaz70
musicaz70

umm yea. i'm just leaving this at "no. **** thanks." i mean jesus.. seriously, only random adults and a bunch of little kids are actually going to get this game O.o.. its just such a ridiculously bad idea

Davideogamer
Davideogamer

Wow. No, not wow at the news, just wow at just how many pirate puns they made in this post.

solidsnaketight
solidsnaketight

i beta tested this and it was the laggyest game i have ever played some of it was cool but it was to much for the little ones.

bigmick07
bigmick07

wow is anyone actual going to buy this game?

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

Good, everybody play Pirates of the Burning Sea instead, it's better anyway.

josh_b
josh_b

ColdfireTrilogy sounds like he knows a thing or two... not all of what he said is true but most is. Just wondering what your pc specs are? i have a core 2 duo 3.2 ghz processor and 2 712 mb DX10 videocards and 3 gigs of ram and i only paid about $2200 for it... already had a good Motherboard and pc case. If i had paid for those also i still wouldn't be up to 3.5k. There are 2 free MMORPG pirate games already that i know of that are excellent. I personally like Voyage Century the best.

neomorph03
neomorph03

random note: i-phone is garbage!

sanjt
sanjt

This game looks like vomit covered dog-crap anyway.

usedtype
usedtype

Considering that fact that only the first movie was actually good, and the fact that Disney isn't known for its MMO's, I'm thinking this game will be pretty lame.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

This is from a person who has played the beta since day 1, Well sort of. The game has been so terrible that I try new builds every week or so .... this is for a number of reasons so let me get started. 1. The servers these guys are running on must be ancient p2 processors with no more then 512 megs of ram .... oh and located in one of their basements... average ping was a whopping 600-700 ... pitiful. 2. They released their so-called "beta" well let me say this game was worse than any of the 20 or so free online Korean games in their beta stage ... i mean this stuff was alpha material... nothing worked properly and by nothing I mean my 3.5K hand built computer could not run this sucker properly no less my normal p4 laptop ... the laptop seriously wouldn't start this game for longer than 2 minutes before an error ... oh might I say this game looks around the graphical quality of an early PS2 game ... I'm not exaggerating ... 3. In the months its been out VERY little actual headway has been made to fix the game into a runnable hunk of junk ... oh they added a few things .... the game still doesn't freaking run properly especially with PS2 graphics .... 4. There are STILL no forums where we can actually talk about bugs and problems ... wtf is a beta seriously if all we can do to talk to devs is post some B.S. with a reporting thing and sending a crash report ... Honestly I was very revved up when I first started even after the rocky week or so i thought it would improve... a month down the line I almost have given up and I really am not surprised. To be truthful I cant see this game being able to support itself ... especially on only a partial subscription basis since its really not even worth paying for ... almost every Korean game is loads better and the only 2 things this game have going for it are 1. usable boats (Pirates of the Burning Sea has this and its a ton better) 2. real time combat .... well with a ping of 600-700 and for the average PC (1k dollar core2duo if kiddies are gonna even have that) a whopping 10-20 maybe 30 fps ... you cant real time in that .... so no that doesn't work well either. All I can say is play pirates of the burning sea ... POTBS or stick to something else, I saw a delay or cancellation happening long before this announcement so no surprise here ......

Angelfreaker
Angelfreaker

wow that sounds wierd and kinda cool since i love beating up zombies with my bare fists, but i think ill stick with ninja pirates called, ninjates or pirjas

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

I can see it now... you're playing as Jack Sparrow, and you're fighting a bunch of zombie pirates just to get to the Fountain of Youth. You swing your sword viciously at the zombies, only to have it taken away. You then remember your pistol, and you shoot at the zombies. Since they are the "un-dead", the bullets only distract them, so you use the time to reach the Fountain of Youth. The fountain is on the other side of a huge maze, and the zombies have discovered you're missing. You quickly try to go through the maze, but you reach a dead end. Armed with only your fists, you beat up the zombies. You finally get out of the maze, and reach the Fountain of Youth, only to find a banner above it that says "This Fountain of Youth is brought to you by Doritos. Taaaaasty."

MKHavoc
MKHavoc

Releasing the game in the fall is a terrible idea. The game would be a lot more successful now since the last movie was out recently. I thought it would make sense to release the game while PotC was still popular.

ReeceBrown
ReeceBrown

well i hope there a 10 day free trial, cuz i would like to try it im no paying for it tho

Neoyamaneko
Neoyamaneko

This is going to be a bigger bomb than Matrix Online. Disney should just cut their losses and walk away from MMO games.

Gamebox88
Gamebox88

Was anyone actually looking forward to this game anyways?

RLJSlick
RLJSlick

That's good, last thing we need is another MMOG. Personally I hope it never comes out. especially after that last Pirates movie.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i hope it never comes out. it sounds like such a bad idea

Sireph
Sireph

I got something cooler than nijas and pirates! "What's that?" you ask? Why, Prinnies! Why doesnt someone make an mmog about them? That'd be worth my 15$ a month...

kragore
kragore

uargh i wish to sail the seven seas

Angelfreaker
Angelfreaker

If this game has ninja-pirates then i be stoked!!