Saturday, November 20, 2010
Given the dreadfulness of most movie-to-game film conversions, the LEGO series of games have been a breath of fresh air. The LEGO game series started with Star Wars and surprised everyone: who could have known that an all-ages, mute retelling of the Star Wars saga could be so charming? Indiana Jones and Batman followed, each delightful in its own way, and now we’ve got a new LEGO game property on the way: LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game.
Disney has just formally announced LEGO Pirates, which will be developed by TT Games and hitting store shelves next year, alongside the fourth movie in the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
The events of the game take place during the first three movies, but also encompass some moments from the new film. The player will, of course, be able to control everyone’s favorite brown-toothed scallywag, Captain Jack Sparrow, but will also be able to control up to 70 additional playable characters. Who knew the Pirates-verse had so many to draw upon?
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game will hit every major console, the PC and mobile devices in May of 2011.
Disney Interactive Studios, TT Games and The LEGO Group Announce LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Jack Sparrow and Crew to Embark on a Swashbuckling Adventure in LEGO Brick Form
BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Disney Interactive Studios and TT Games today announced that they are joining with The LEGO Group to bring Jack Sparrow and other familiar characters to life in virtual LEGO® adventures with LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game. The video game is being developed by TT Games, the group behind a portfolio of critically acclaimed, best-selling LEGO video games, and will be published by Disney Interactive Studios for the Wii™ console, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Games For Windows – LIVE and the Nintendo DS™ family of hand-held systems. The video games will be released simultaneously with the highly anticipated new film “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” in May 2011.
“Combining the excitement of playing as Jack Sparrow and other recognizable characters from the franchise will make the game fun for players of all ages throughout the world.”
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game will be based in the world of the globally successful film franchise, incorporating storylines, locations and characters from the first three films (“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”) as well as the upcoming fourth film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game will re-create the action, adventure and memorable moments of the Pirates of the Caribbean mythology in LEGO form, incorporating the humor of LEGO minifigures and fantastic worlds built from LEGO bricks and elements for players to explore. Players can take on the roles of more than 70 characters and experience the pirate adventure, irreverent humor and amazing creatures of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, through action-adventure gameplay and hilariously quirky LEGO cut scenes. Throughout the game, players will also have the freedom to explore environments from the highly acclaimed movie series in more than 20 levels. The game features two-player cooperative mode, in which players each control a character to experience the story together, and freeplay mode, which lets players return to levels to discover new items.
“Pirates of the Caribbean is a globally successful franchise based in action, adventure and humor perfectly suited for a LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game adaptation,” said Graham Hopper, executive vice president and general manager, Disney Interactive Studios. “Combining the excitement of playing as Jack Sparrow and other recognizable characters from the franchise will make the game fun for players of all ages throughout the world.”
“The action-packed world of Pirates of the Caribbean is a perfect fit for LEGO video games,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director of TT Games Publishing. “With so many wonderful characters, in such amazing environments, our teams are having great fun – and we’re sure that players will, too.”
To date, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies have generated more than $2.5 billion at the global box office while the multiple Pirates of the Caribbean video games have sold more than 6 million units globally.
In a companion release today, Disney Consumer Products and The LEGO Group announced an upcoming collection of LEGO brand Pirates of the Caribbean construction sets that will launch in conjunction with the video game and film release in Spring 2011.