The Walt Disney Internet Group looks to launch its a massive multiplayer online game based on the PIRATES franchise very soon.
In case you hadn't already read or heard, the game is called PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN ONLINE and will feature open-sea challenges in a virtual world in which players build their own stylized characters, form pirate communities and embark on ship- and land-based treasure hunts. In addition, games can "play cooperatively or competitively, it all starts with character creation. Players begin with a basic silhouette, which can be enhanced with a kit full of parts forming millions of combinations of shapes, colors and clothing. They impart traits to their fictional pirates, like ethnicity, sex and age. Accessories (eye patches, peg legs, tattoos and scars) provide more detailed characteristics." It will be capable of supporting thousands of online players simultaneously. Also, players will be able to chat offline once they join a band of pirates and to create their own Web pages displaying their character's picture and those in their pirate group along with game stats and leader boards.
This is a subscription based game and costs $9.95 a month. No offical launch date has been set just yet, but it has been previewed for a few gaming sites