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Just an old sea dog looking at the past, I happened upon this article posted on February 5 of this year.
As you may well know, Armada of the Damned was Propaganda Games' mark on the Pirates franchise.
The article linked above is the story of that game. Only the publicly available info, that is.
For those who don't know...
"Armada of the Damned is a dynamic action role-playing game that captures all of the franchise's excitement, unpredictability and action while delving into narrative elements never before explored within this unique universe," said Dan Tudge, vice president and general manager, Propaganda Games. "Our team's collective experience with industry-leading RPGs and action titles provides a strong foundation for us to create and build a compelling action role-playing title."
After its announcement at 2009's Electronic Entertainment Expo, the game received positive responses from most video game journalists. Daemon Hatfield from IGN thought it "a promising action RPG", while GamesRadar praised the gameplay, comparing it to Assassin's Creed. Journalists were disappointed when Disney cancelled the open-world action game—a game so close to completion— in 2010, only months before its planned release date. Justin Towell, writing for GamesRadar, felt very disappointed by Disney's decision: "It makes no sense to completely abandon work on a game that's clearly not that far off completion."
Today, it remains on various parts of the internet, though the game itself never saw the light of day. Instead, the world was given Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag in 2013. While Assassin's Creed fans rejoiced about the game, there are those (myself included) who are discontent with the first real good pirate game not being released under the Pirates of the Caribbean title. And honestly, even if such a game much like Armada was released, I can see now that there will be backlash from the community—especially the gamers—that would say it's a rip-off of Assassin's Creed IV...whereas, really, it may just be the opposite.
What do you think? Did Disney do right in cancelling the game, or not? Also, should they attempt to resurrect the game, despite the release of Assassin's Creed IV? Leave a comment below!