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"Prove your mettle against the legendary buccaneers of the Caribbean."

Pirates of the Caribbean is a 2003 video game for Xbox and Microsoft Windows, developed by Akella and published by Bethesda Softworks. A Sony PlayStation 2 version was also originally in development, but was later cancelled. An unrelated game under the same title was also released for mobile phones. It was developed by Flying Tiger Development and published through Walt Disney Internet Group on July 25, 2003, in the United States.

Pirates of the Caribbean is an action role-playing game in which the player, as Captain Nathaniel Hawk, goes on a series of quests for any one of the countries that control the islands of the Caribbean in the 17th century. The player can buy new ships, recruit a crew and hire officers who will follow Hawk on his quest and help him in battle. The game features gameplay that takes place both on land and at sea, and allows the player to upgrade their character by earning skill points and gain new abilities.

Apart from the pirate theme, the setting, and the presence of a frigate called the Black Pearl, the game otherwise has few connections to the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which was released around the same time as the game in 2003.[1] Despite this, Keira Knightley, who played Elizabeth Swann in the film, voiced the narrator (two cutscenes at the beginning and end) in the game.

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Pirates of the Caribbean is a thrilling blend of role-playing and action that takes place in the Caribbean islands during the golden age of piracy and high seas adventure. Take command of a ship and crew, swordfight with other captains, accept and complete daring quests, chase rumors of dangers and riches, and change allegiances amongst the colonial powers in the game.

Open-ended gameplay set in exotic locales. An epic role-playing game on sea and land. Intense and exciting naval battles. Thrilling sword and pistol duels. Explore entire islands, including jungles, caves, and towns. Gorgeous graphics and realistic weather effects.


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A screenshot from Pirates of the Caribbean.

After a fierce storm in 1630, Captain Nathaniel Hawk arrives on the island of Oxbay. Nathaniel's first mate is retiring and he needs to spice things up a little. As he leaves Oxbay the French attack the colony and capture it. He manages to slip away and warn the English Governor on Redmond Island that Oxbay is attacked. The governor then sends Nathaniel to run several quests until Nathaniel meets an old inventor who helps him find a treasure that could defeat the evil ghost ship, the Black Pearl.

There are many side quests in-game, for example, Nathaniel helps the Dutch colonist find several lost children.

"Such a pity...a priceless treasure lost. But there is always another day. Another priceless treasure. Another chance to make your fortune. With a good ship beneath your feet and stars to steer her by. Now, all you bold seamen, will you spare a tear? For the Black Pearl and her poor forsaken souls gone to their watery graves beneath the shimmering waves...these lonely, lost, pirates of the Caribbean."

The Black Pearl[]

The Black Pearl makes an appearance but it's not the same ship as in the movies (the game takes place in the 1630's aside from the 1720's-1750's POTC time frame) and it was only named so to have a relationship to the movie. The ship was originally called The Black Frigate in the original drafts of the game (originally entitled Sea Dogs II). Disney paid Akella to call it Pirates of the Caribbean for publicity reasons. However, Barbossa is set as the ship's default captain in the game's code. It does not attack the player unless attacked, in which case it will destroy the player. At night the Black Pearl's crew appears as skeletons. After the adventure on Khael Roa, The player's ship enters battle with it and destroys it using an ancient treasure that makes its user invincible.





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Map of the Caribbean



Behind the scenes[]

  • The game was originally developed under the name Sea Dogs II, and was to be the sequel to Sea Dogs, which was released in the year 2000. Apart from the pirate theme, the setting and the presence of a pirate frigate called the Black Pearl, the game otherwise has few connections to the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl film, which was released around the same time as the game. The game is still considered a sequel to Sea Dogs in Akella's native Russia, where it is referred to as Corsairs II, with Corsairs (Корсары) being the title of the original game in Russia. The saber of Nicolas Sharp, the protagonist of the original game, also appears in this game as an obtainable weapon.
  • Originally, Jack Sparrow and Will Turner would have appeared in the game. After destroying the Black Pearl, the player character Nathaniel Hawk would meet Jack Sparrow, who would inform him that the cursed crew survived and they would rebuild the Pearl soon. Jack would then send Nathaniel along with Will Turner to capture the ship. [2]

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