Sid Meier's Pirates! sails to PSP

Take-Two brings Civilization creator's swashbuckling strategy game to the PlayStation Portable early next year.

Originally released in 1987, remade for the PC in 2004, and then ported to the Xbox in 2005, Pirates! is one of Sid Meier's most frequently revisited creations. The strategy-adventure game puts players in the role of a pirate captain in the 17th-century Caribbean attempting to track down kidnapped family members, extract revenge for past wrongs, find romance, and amass a huge fortune.

Now the game is sailing out into uncharted waters as Take-Two Interactive has announced it will publish a PlayStation Portable version of Pirates! in North America and Europe. The PSP version will be marked by a number of new features, including local wireless multiplayer for up to four players, graphics adapted to the system's widescreen display, and new treasure hunts to keep players busy.

Pirates! has been rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older, and is scheduled to ship in North America in January of 2007. A European release should follow on February 27.

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