Bethesda & Ubisoft's Pirates Of The Caribbean Game: Forgotten For A Reason?

Does this barely-related movie-licensed game stand up to lofty legacies?


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 decade.

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.

Brought 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?


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