Pirates of the Caribbean Online


Pirates of the Caribbean Online

Infobox VG
title = Pirates of the Caribbean Online


developer = Disney Online
publisher = Disney Online
distributor = Disney Online
price = Free
engine =
version =
released = October 31, 2007
genre = MMORPG
modes = Online
ratings = ESRB:Everyone 10+
platforms = PC/Mac
media =
requirements =Windows 2000/XP/Vista:
*Pentium 3 800 MHz processor (P4 1 GHz recommended)
*512 MB RAM (1 GB RAM recommended)
*700 MB disk space available
*32MB graphics card (64 MB recommended)
*DirectX 9 or better
*Broadband internet connectionMac:
*OS 10.4.6 (Tiger)
*PowerPC G4 or any Mac with any Intel processor
*512 MB RAM
*400 MB free disk space
*Broadband connection
input = Keyboard, Mouse
preceded by =
followed by =

"Pirates of the Caribbean Online" is an MMORPG created by The Walt Disney Company, based on their film series and theme park attraction of the same name.

The game software is free to download, and players can choose either "Unlimited Access" for a $9.95 monthly subscription fee ($4.95 for the 1st month for new subscriptions), or a free-to-play "Basic Access" version which restricts most of the game content and displays advertisements in part of the game window. The game is officially available to players in the United States, United Kingdom (basic access only), parts of Mexico and Canada only. Disney also will announce this online game to be distributed in South East Asia by AsiaSoft in 2009

History

The game was developed by the VR Studio, a group of technologists and artists that are part of the Walt Disney Internet Group. It is the second MMORPG developed by the VR Studio, the first being Toontown Online which launched in 2003.

The game was first announced by The Walt Disney Company on April 26, 2005. [ [http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/piratesofthecaribbeanonline/news.html?sid=6123020&mode=all Disney Online Developing Pirates Of The Caribbean Massively Multiplayer Online Game - PC News at GameSpot ] ] It was originally scheduled to be released in summer 2006 to coincide with the release of the movie , but its release was pushed back multiple times. [ [http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=8883 Gamasutra - Disney Updates On Pirates Of The Caribbean MMO ] ] The game went through two beta testing phases during 2007 and was officially launched on October 31, 2007.cite press release | title = Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Online Sets Sail | publisher = The Walt Disney Company | date = 2007-10-31 | url = http://corporate.disney.go.com/wdig/press_releases/2007/07_1031_pirates.html | accessdate = 2008-01-24]

Enemies

The game features several enemies that can lower health and voodoo points, and eventually land players at the jail, or the starting base:

Land Enemies

Skeletons

Undead Gravedigger

Undead Bandit

Undead Pirate

Undead Witchdoctor

Undead Brigand

Undead Grenadier

Undead Gypsy

Undead Raider

The French Skeletons

French Undead Quarter Master

French Undead Maitre (For future reference: Maitre means Master)

French Undead Lieutenant

French Undead Capitaine

The Spanish Skeletons

Spanish Undead Conquistador

Spanish Undead Bandido

Spanish Undead Pirata

Spanish Undead Capitan

Creatures

Cave Bat

Vampire Bat

Swamp Alligator

Big Alligator

Huge Alligator

Giant Scorpion

Dread Scorpion

Sand Crab

Rock Crab

Giant Crab

Dire Wasp

Terror Wasp

Fly Trap

Stump

The Royal Navy

Cadet

Guard

Sergeant

Veteran

Officer

East India Trading Company/The Black Guard

Thug

Grunt

Hired-Gun

Mercenary

Assassin

Davy Jones's Crew

Flotscum

Dregs

Brinescum

Kelpbrain

Seabeard

Mollusk

Urchinfist

Enemies at Sea

The Royal Navy Ships

Navy Ferret

Navy Bulwark

Navy Panther

Navy Greyhound

Navy Vanguard

Navy Centurion

Navy Kingfisher

Navy Monarch

Navy Man-O-War

Navy Predator

Navy Colossus

Navy Dreadnaught

EITC Ships

EITC Sea Viper

EITC Sentinel

EITC Corvette

EITC Bloodhound

EITC Ironwall

EITC Marauder

EITC Barracuda

EITC Ogre

EITC Warlord

EITC Corsair

EITC Behemoth

EITC Juggernaut

Jolly Roger's Ships

Spanish Shadow Crow

Spanish Blood Scourge

Spanish Cerberus

Phantom

Revenant

Storm Reaper

Black Harbinger

Death Omen

Locations

The game features several locations, many of which are islands in and of themselves that are accessible by ship or, sometimes, teleportation skills.

Port Royal

Port Royal is the island where players can meet several notable characters such as Elizabeth Swann and William Turner.

*Boat Repair - the top half of a sunken ship, seated by the docks of Port Royal, players can repair ships. Repairs cost less if they are done before players' ships are sunk.
*Open Market - buildings along the docks where items can be bought from the blacksmith(s), importers, gunners, and others.:*Old Warehouse - William Turner can be found practising his sword skills and hiding from the Navy here. Players are sent to him for quests.:*Gunsmith - players can upgrade their guns and cannons with new ammo and the purchase of a double-barrel or triple-barrel.:*Blacksmith - players can upgrade their skills with the cutlass and dagger by buying new blades.
*Gunsmith - there is another gunsmith on the other side of the boat repair shop.
*Blacksmith - there is another blacksmith next to the gunsmith that resides on the other side of the boat repair shop.
*New Town - players can cross a bridge adjoining the open market by the docks to the new part of Port Royal, located in a gigantic courtyard.:*Tattoo Parlor - players can buy and sell tattoos here at various prices.:*Pewterer/Blacksmith - there is another blacksmith in the new town where players may upgrade their cutlass/dagger.:*Royal Anchor - further down through the cobbled road of this particular entrance of the courtyard, there sits one of the two taverns in Port Royal where players can play card games.:*Barbershop - players can get newer hairstyles at the Barbershop.:*Tailor Shoppe - if a player, facing the Royal Anchor door, takes the road to the right and walks, they will reach Truehound's Tailor Shoppe, where players can buy and sell items of clothing.:*Greer Residence - past the second gateway in the courtyard, players can turn left to enter the Greer Residence to visit June Greer. Players will be visiting the residence often in order to complete one of the quests for Jack Sparrow's crew.:*Jewellery Shoppe - this part of the courtyard circles around a small center. If players pass Greer Residence by walking straight, they will eventually hit Smitty's Jewellery Shoppe, where they can buy and sell various jewellery pieces, from earrings to eyebrow-pierces.:*Rowdy Rooster - If players keep walking ahead, or turn and take the other side of the circle, they will reach one of two taverns in Port Royal where players can play card games.:*Back Entrance - near the Royal Anchor there is an entrance that will lead players to an opening where, if they turn left, they will reach several places (depending on where they stop): the King's Run swamp, the Open Market, the jail, and Fort Charles. If players turn right, they can reach another number of places and people: Lucinda the Gypsy, and the left entrance to the Governor's Mansion.
*Lucinda the Gypsy - not a place, but a non-player-character, Lucinda can help players upgrade their voodoo dolls, staffs, and power, and can give power-/health-restoring potions and elixirs.
*Governor's Mansion - Elizabeth Swann can be found here to give you certain quests at certain times; players cannot seek her out for quests, for she gives them at certain achieved notoriety levels.
*Swamps - there is a total of six swamps where players can fight against enemies and gain notoriety points, plunder, and other benefits and advantages.:*Governor's Garden - this is a swamp which can be entered to the cave-hollow in the tree behind the Governor's Mansion where all manner of enemies can be found, from navy officials to undead gravediggers. If players go to the right side of the Governor's Garden, they will exit into the Wicked Thicket. Players that turn to the left side of the Governor's Garden, they will reach Murky Hollow.:*Royal Caverns - a swamp that can be entered to the cave-hollow in the tree on the right side of the Governor's Garden. East India Trading Company officers are seen working here alongside Royal Navy officials. It empties into the Wicked Thicket.:*Wicked Thicket - many undead creatures and scorpions are found here; the Wicked Thicket exits into the Port Royal mainland and the Royal Caverns.:*Murky Hollow - a gathering of undead creatures worship a voodoo form of the antagonist, Jolly Roger; Murky Hollow exits into King's Run.:*King's Run - exits into the Port Royal mainland, and is accessible (in the Port Royal mainland) through the cave-hollow in the tree behind the New Town and next to the small graveyard. It contains many undead creatures.
*Fort Charles - if players choose to turn right from the docks and keep heading up, they will eventually reach the famous Fort Charles, featured in the films. Players can fight Navy officials and stand on the noose deck and battlements. Players may also enter hidden rooms.

Tortuga

Tortuga is the pirate-infested island where players can meet the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow and some of his potential crew, including his loyal first mate, Joshamee Gibbs.

*Boat Repair - the top half of a sunken ship, seated by the docks of Tortuga.
*Open Market - seated by the docks of Tortuga, there are a variety of shacks that make up the open market, including the barber.
*Old Town - created when the first settlers of Tortuga arrived, it still flourishes with sales.:*Butcher - players cannot buy meats but "can" receive important quest information.:*Gunsmith - players can upgrade their guns and cannons with new ammo and different types of guns (e.g. double-barrel, triple-barrel).:*Blacksmith - players can upgrade their swords and daggers with new blades.:*King's Arm Tavern - players can go to the less-popular tavern for quests and to play card games.:*Jeweller - players can buy jewellery here, from earrings to eyebrow-pierces.:*Tattoo Bonita - players can get tattoos made or sell existing tattoos here at different prices.:*Fabiola the Gypsy - not a location, but Fabiola the gypsy sits at the edge of the Old Town with her cart, alongside the edge of the New Town. She sells players various antidotes and elixirs, as well as gives out critical quest information. Players can upgrade their voodoo dolls, staffs, and power with her help.
*New Town - the new part of Tortuga is constructed into a gigantic courtyard where most players and non-player-characters are found.:*Faithful Bride - the most popular tavern in the game, also featured in the , where many characters are found for quests; card games can also be played here.::*Joshamee Gibbs, Jack Sparrow's first mate, can be found playing cards here. Players must refer to him a lot to find further quests issued from Jack himself.::*Jack Sparrow will occasionally be found in the Faithful Bride playing cards or drinking rum while issuing quests to players.:*Hidden East India Trading Company Office - the East India Trading Company's office is disguised to appear like a store from the front; it is settled on the wall to the right of the exit from the courtyard to the shore.:*Gunsmith - another gunner that provides players with upgrades for guns and cannons with ammo and different types of guns.:*Doc Grog's Office - the "doctor" of Tortuga can be found here, in his office, which is seated next to the hidden East India Trading Company office. He is featured in the Black Pearl quest, meaning players must go to his office often.:*Flatts Importers - players must visit this office throughout the game to bribe the corrupt owner for quests.:*Boatswain Bill's Office - the boatswain, Bill, lives in this office.:*Tailor's Shoppe - pirates can buy and sell clothing here at different prices.
*Wildwoods Entrance - located at the back exit of the courtyard of the New Town in Tortuga, the trail that leads to the Wildwoods also leads to several other places.
*Hendry Cutts - not a person, but a non-player-character that must be recruited for Jack Sparrow's crew.
*Swamps - there are five swamps in Tortuga where players will encounter all manner of enemies.:*Misty Mire - to the left of the docks/shore (when facing the town), the Misty Mire holds all matter of swamp enemies, including Alligators and Fly Traps.:*Rat's Nest - deeper into the swamp, the Rat's Nest can be entered through Misty Mire. It exits into the Tortuga Graveyard.:*Tortuga Graveyard - the Tortuga Graveyard is accessible through the cave hollow in the tree behind Fabiola. It provides an entrance into the Rat's Nest and Thieves Den.:*Thieves Den - the entrance is in the cave hollow in a tree on the lower part of the Tortuga Graveyard. It contains a hidden East India Trading Company/Navy fortress and exits into the Wildwoods.:*Wildwoods - the entrance is by Hendry Cutts' shack-home; it exits into the Thieves Den.

Padres Del Fuego

Padres Del Fuego is the society settled on a volcano-island.

*Right Docks - on the right side of the island, there is a set of docks. Players who use the route that the docks empty into will eventually reach the boat repair.
*Boat Repair - the shipwright can repair players' ships here in the boat repair shop, which is the top half of a sunken ship.
*Main Docks - players who use the route that these docks empty into will eventually reach the city squares, or courtyards, where several shops, taverns, etc. are located.
*First Town Square/Courtyard - where several shops and other places are located.:*Ratskellar - the main entrance to the courtyard, which is easily accessible from the docks, opens to the Ratskellar Tavern. Players can play card games such as Blackjack or Tortuga Hold 'em Poker (another name for Texas Hold 'em). Players will have to enter the tavern several times for one of the Black Pearl crew quests.:*Gunsmith - across the Ratskellar Tavern is the gunsmith, who can help players upgrade their guns and cannons when they buy new ammo and new guns such as the double-barrel or triple-barrel.:*Tattoo Parlor - to the left of the Ratskellar Tavern (right of the gunsmith), is the tattoo parlor, where players can buy and sell tattoos for different prices.:*Romany Bev - if players continue down the route that takes them to the Tattoo Parlor, they will meet Romany Bev, the gypsy, who can upgrade voodoo powers and skill points, dolls, and staffs. She also sells elixirs and potions to help with health-restoration.:*Blacksmith - to the right of the Ratskellar Tavern, players will find the blacksmith, who can help players upgrade their cutlasses and daggers when they buy new blades.:*Exit - there is an exit next to the smithery that leads them back out by the docks; players can turn to the next courtyard.
*Second Town Square/Courtyard - where several shops and other places are located; the second city square sits right next to the first one.:*Barber Shoppe - the barber shoppe is seated on the outer wall of the second town courtyard.:*Skull's Thunder - on the left of the entrance by the barber shoppe is the Skull's Thunder tavern, where players can play blackjack.:*Jeweller - next to the Skull's Thunder tavern is Perla's Jewellery and Gems, where players can buy an assortment of jewellery.:*Blacksmith - adjoining the jeweller's store is the smithery, where players can upgrade their cutlasses and daggers by buying new blades.:*Gunsmith - across the blacksmith is the gunsmith, where players can upgrade their guns and cannons by buying new ammo and guns.:*Extra Courtyard Space - next to the blacksmith's shop, there is a gateway that leads to extra courtyard space; there are no shops or non-player characters here.:*Second Exit - next to the gunsmith's shop, there is an exit that leads back outside by the dock entrance, players can turn to the last courtyard.
*Third Town Square/Courtyard - seated next to Shochett Prymme's butcher shop, the third courtyard/town square only one store.:*Tailor Shoppe - the store, located to the left of the entrance, is Dolores' Tailoring Shoppe, where players can buy and sell clothing items for a range of pre-set prices.
*Gunner's Shack - players cross a wooden bridge by the boat repair shop and reach Gunner's Shack, which is owned by the nervous, rum-loving Gunner, who is hiding from the Royal Navy and East India Trading Company. Players will be visiting Gunner's Shack several times due to the fact that Gunner is on the list of Jack Sparrow's potential crew.
*Fort Dundee - the Fort on Padres Del Fuego, littered with officials of the Royal Navy and members of the East India Trading Company; Fort Dundee houses several hidden rooms and searchable barrels and crates.

Cuba

Ile D'Etable de Porc

Isla de la Avaricia

Kingshead

Isla Tormenta

Isla Perdida

Isla Congrejos

Cutthroat Isle

Driftwood Island

Outcast Isle

Devil's Anvil

Rumrunner's Isle

Gameplay

Key features of the game include the ability to create pirates, own and sail ships in combat, and complete quests for gold coins, which are the game's currency, gain notoriety (the game's experience system), and use unique weapons and treasure items.

There are various weapons to learn, and various skills to master in the game for each weapon. Currently, character leveling tops out at level 40, and skills max out at level 25, so only a fixed number of skill points (26) can be assigned to the skills in game. On September 25, 2008, it became possible to reassign skill points for different weapons (although this is still only on the test servers). [ [http://apps.pirates.go.com/pirates/v3/#/news/currentnews.html (September 25, 2008) "Reassign skill points for weapons"] ]

Weapons

Weapons can be upgraded through purchase shops and quests found in the game. This is done to keep players from maxing all of the skills on one pirate, and encourages players to create new pirates with different attributes (unlimited players can make 4 pirates, and limited players can make 2).

The Cutlass: This is the first weapon you receive. You receive it from Will Turner. As with all weapons, you increase your skill by fighting enemies with this weapon. In addition to attack skills like Cleave and Sweep, at higher levels you can acquire the even more useful passive skills Parry and Endurance. :Upgrading the cutlass: Rusty Cutlass (Received from Will Turner): Iron Cutlass (Can be bought when cutlass level is 5): Steel Cutlass (Can be bought when cutlass level is 10): Fine Cutlass (Must complete quest when cutlass level is 15): Pirate Blade Cutlass (Must complete quest when cutlass level is 20)

The Pistol: Your first ranged weapon. The pistol can fire different types of ammo to cripple and damage different types of enemies. However it cannot be used against The Royal Navy or the East India Trading Company. Some examples include poisoning an enemy or draining a foe of all of their magic power. :Upgrading the Pistol: Single Barrel Pistol (Received from Captain Barbossa on Devil's Anvil): Double-Barrel Pistol (Can be bought from gunsmith when pistol level is 5): Triple-Barrel Pistol (Can be bought from gunsmith when pistol level is 10): Heavy Triple-Barrel Pistol (Must complete quest when pistol level is 15): Grand Pistol (Must complete quest when pistol level is 20)

The Voodoo Doll: The voodoo doll uses magic, and enemies must be attuned in order for the magic to take effect. Higher level voodoo doll players can increase the number of enemies they attune, and can also heal and cure other players. Voodoo magic allows players to plague foes with bee swarms, curses, and fire, among other things. The doll is another highly favored weapon, due to the fact that it is the only healing weapon and you can also heal your character as well through the Life Drain spell. :Upgrading the Voodoo Doll: Straw Doll (Obtain from Tia Dalma): Cloth Doll (Can be bought from Gypsy Cart when voodoo doll is level 5): Witch Doll (Can be bought from from Gypsy Cart when voodoo doll is level 10): Pirate Doll (Must complete quest when voodoo doll level is 15): Taboo Doll (Must complete quest when voodoo doll level is 20)

The Dagger: The dagger can be used at close quarters like the cutlass, or thrown at an enemy, if you buy throwing daggers from a blacksmith. :Upgrading the Dagger: Small Dagger (Obtain from Elizabeth Swann): Battle Dagger (Can be bought from blacksmith when dagger level is 5): Main Gauche (Can be bought from blacksmith when dagger level is 10): Coltello (Must complete quest when dagger level is 15): Bloodletter Dagger (Must complete quest when dagger level is 20)

Grenades: Powerful ranged bombs that can be thrown at multiple enemies for mass damage. They have a limited supply, and certain bombs set foes on fire while others blind them. Grenades have a wide area of effect, and players must make sure that they are out of the blast radius as they will also take damage. This makes the grenades one of the harder weapons to level. Buy upgrades from a gunsmith at grenade levels 5 and 10.

The Voodoo Staff: A powerful ranged staff that can target many enemies, the voodoo staff must be charged in between blast to use the full potential of it's power. Weaker shots can be fired in between charges, and the player cannot move while charging the staff for a full blast. Some spells poison groups of monsters, while others work well against certain enemies, like Banish.:Upgrading the Voodoo Staff: Cursed Staff (Obtain from Tia Dalma): Warped Staff (Can be bought from Gypsy Cart when voodoo staff level is 5): Rend Staff (Can be bought from from Gypsy Cart when voodoo staff level is 10): Harrow Staff (Must complete quest when voodoo staff level is 15): Vile Staff (Must complete quest when voodoo staff level is 20)

Special quest levels for weapons Disney has announced that quests for level 20 weapons (except grenades) will soon be added. [ [http://apps.pirates.go.com/pirates/v3/#/news/currentnews.html (September 25, 2008) "Powerful New Weapons - Coming Soon!"] ]

Gold

Players can also play parlor games for gold, and currently the games available are Poker "(Tortuga Hold'em)" and Blackjack. These games can be played against NPCs "(non-player characters)" or other online players. Currently the maximum amount of gold you can carry is 65,000.

References

External links

* [http://www.piratesonline.com Pirates of the Caribbean Online] - Official site
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