Q&A: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

We chat with Disney Interactive Studios producer about the latest Jack Sparrow game, which consoles were the hardest to work on, and more.

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With Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End due to hit a fleet of platforms in a few weeks, GameSpot AU caught up with Disney Interactive Studios producer Jeff Blattner on a recent trip down under to find out the latest on Jack Sparrow's digital adventures.

GameSpot AU: The Pirates of the Caribbean films are very comedy driven. How are you bringing across that humour to At World's End?

Jeff Blattner: You know, the character experiences there are just so diverse, [but] certainly most of the comedy in the film is driven by Jack Sparrow--he has proven himself capable of going toe-to-toe with anyone. More often than not, he will have more than one way to dispatch his enemies. We've had the great challenge and pleasure of delivering those methods through knocking over people, putting barrels on people's heads, and the accidental harmony that he brings to situations.

GS AU: How are you planning to expand the universe seen in the Pirates of the Caribbean films?

JB: By giving players the ability to explore the worlds they saw, to peek around the corners they may have only seen as facades. We wanted to let you go beyond flat 2D layers into the taverns and create the tavern fights, to create new characters like Black Bart on the 360 and PS3 who fit very well into the story of the game but don't appear in the film.

GS AU: What were the main challenges in developing for the different platforms, especially the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360?

JB: The PS3 and 360 were the platforms with the greatest technical challenges--they were very new to our developers, and we had to throw a greater number of technology resources and programming resources at those titles. We tackled those head on--we didn't shy away from the challenge. A lot of games still aren't enabling 1080p experiences, but we allow for that on both PS3 and Xbox 360. Our dev company Eurocom is using all of its own proprietary technology, its own engine, and getting really impressive results with the Wii interface that we have. We think we have delivered a really good experience.

GS AU: Will you be using the next-gen game engine again? Any plans to license it out?

JB: It's an interesting question--we are certainly looking for other ways we can use it at Disney companies and we're discussing future projects that we are not ready to announce quite yet.

GS AU: You worked closely with Industrial Light and Magic in the development of this game. How did that relationship work? Would you do it again?

JB: Absolutely. They were able to deliver us extremely faithful reproductions of things like boats. Actually, we were able to get model sheets that allowed Eurocom to re-create them, and in some instances, they actually provided us with the 3D models themselves (though they are much higher res for the film). But we were able to max them out to the highest detail possible for the consoles.

GS AU: How long will the single-player campaign go for?

JB: I'd say about eight to 10 hours.

GS AU: And what sort of multiplayer features does the game have?

JB: All of the platforms offer duelling between two players--so if your friend is over you can play that. There are co-op challenges as well--special sections of levels which were designed with multiplayer in mind, so you can play thorough those and experience those with a friend. Also for the PSP, there are minigames you can play over Wi-Fi. It supports game sharing via ad hoc and includes one minigame for the PSP, which is a hearts game.

GS AU: What's next after Pirates?

JB: Well the Disney Company has a great number of titles coming up, but for me personally, nothing we are ready to announce quite yet.

GS AU: Jeff Blattner, thank you for your time.

Discussion

35 comments
doubledareus
doubledareus

Next-Gen graphics on the WII please, or you'll be hearing from my superior!! P.S. NO LAZY MONEY-GRUBBIN PROGRAMMERS EITHER!!!!

getlow_id
getlow_id

HOLYY!!! i Always wanted to be a pirate... my mom told me not to be a dirty scoundrel who robs innocents ;)... MUHAHAHAHAH!!!!.... finally my dream is coming true :D

michaelpaoletti
michaelpaoletti

I might get the game, But I'm really waiting for gamer impressions. I enjoyed Spiderman 3 for Wii so Im not relying on Gamer sites opinions lately/ at all.

BartSimpson01
BartSimpson01

Im watching the movie to.Probally not buying game.

Sharvie
Sharvie

I won't get the game but i'm watching the film.

Juggernaut140
Juggernaut140

The first Pirates of the Caribbean game that Bethesda made was awesome. I think they should make another one like that.

Digz005
Digz005

As far as I'm concerned the Movie to Video game transition is always a painful one, I'd much rather gouge my eyes out than sit through five minutes of the opening sequence

Kashmere
Kashmere

U know what they say, "don't judge a book by its cover!" Wii & 360 versions for me, can't w8.

_NeoN
_NeoN

Not a fan of the series huh, Maquis_UK... he he. As war3 mentioned below, I too am skeptical, but the creators seem confident that they've brought the "atmosphere", if I can call it that, of the movie over to the game. Can't wait to check it out for myself. My apologies for the double post, not sure why it does that.

_NeoN
_NeoN

Not a fan of the series huh, Maquis_UK... he he. As war3 mentioned below, I too am skeptical, but the creators seem confident that they've brought the "atmosphere", if I can call it that, of the movie over to the game. Can't wait to check it out for myself. My apologies for the double post, not sure why it does that.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

'be' kiera nightely or orlano bloom? i'd rather 'be' hacking them up. tiresome kids franchise for muckdonalds customers.

war3
war3

the movies are good, but im skeptical about this game...sounds interesting though

thewolf619
thewolf619

I enjoyed Dead Man's Chest on the PSP, so I'm definitely looking forward to this one.

Adeeb1986
Adeeb1986

i bit that this game is ganna suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck sooo bad

lord-of-gamers
lord-of-gamers

looks good - would have been amazing if it allowed online for like massive ship Vs ship battles or so but hey seems like real fun!!!!!!

Cyrax-Sektor
Cyrax-Sektor

That's interesting. Dueling would be great! :D

rosssca
rosssca

marketing, marketing, marketing...

PackersRock
PackersRock

This interview reminds me of one of the Penny Arcade comics I've seen. Interviewer: "How awesome will your new game be?" Otherguy: "So awesome." I can't post the rest here but you get the point.

slayer1090
slayer1090

meh i don't usually play games based of movies but i did like the godfather game which was the best movie based game ever. I don't own a 360 or PS3 and i never will so i won't get this game any time soon.

slayer1090
slayer1090

meh i don't usually play games based of movies but i did like the godfather game which was the best movie based game ever. I don't own a 360 or PS3 and i never will so i won't get this game any time soon.

slayer1090
slayer1090

meh the only game i will play based on a movie in the godfather

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

8-10 hours? *tsk* Oooooh.... Don't think so.

azizrulez
azizrulez

whoever wants to play a mediocre movie to game conversion, this is for you

Doolum
Doolum

Lets see how it turns out to be,i really want to see any notable differences between the PS3 n X360 version

jussimple
jussimple

Not sold on the game but definitely sold on the movie.

Born4this
Born4this

still doesn't sound that interesting to me! the movies have kinda lost me as well so it's not surprising for me to not care about a game...

zsc4
zsc4

I'll pass on this...not my type of game. Also not a huge fan of movie to video games conversion and vice versa.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Will this be another mediocre game like most movie games.....? :?

diablobasher
diablobasher

Lame movies, even lamer games, if that's even possible. Go away Jhonny Depp, i hate you, you made pirates uncool.

Romanticide
Romanticide

This is a pointless interview. As if the game won't be total ass.

493722
493722

Well i know the movie is going to be great but the game i would think it would be an average and maybe a rental

Pelon208
Pelon208

Maybe this game is going to be good, and is going to be 1080p for the PS3 i guess thats cool

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Well, I'm definitely seeing the movie. :)