Back in 2003, no-one expected a film based on a theme park
ride to be anything but a failure. 16 years later and we’re still scratching
our heads as to how huge it actually became.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
released to monstrous acclaim and a pirate’s treasure in box office returns, as
well as giving Johnny Depp an Oscar-nominated role he would repeat for the next
So naturally, the rush was on to cash in on the film, for
fear it was simply a flash-in-the-pan. Along came Russian video game
developer Akkela, a studio famous for making the Postal series and a fair track
record making games about piracy, attempting to create something that could coincide with the film.
in to publish the title was Bethesda (who would continue making Pirates titles
with The Legend of Jack Sparrow) and Ubisoft (who would one day make
Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag).
The game released to very little fanfare, and generally came
and went to be forgotten to time. But as the first major tie-in to the franchise, does it deserve new appreciation?