Think what you want about the direction the films have taken, but Pirates of the Caribbean is a franchise with a universe that’s always had great video game potential.
Armada of the Damned was announced to be in development by Propaganda Games for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC during E3 2009.
The game was going to take players into a timeline before the events of the first film and would follow a pirate captain called James Sterling. Not much was revealed other than this, but the game was going to be open world, choice-driven, independent from the films and include RPG elements, real-time combat and weapon customization.
Unfortunately, in 2010, just over a year after its E3 reveal Disney Interactive Studios announced that it was restructuring and Armada of the Damned’s development team was laid off. The game was cancelled.
It’s a shame this pirate adventure never got to raise its colors as the success of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag proves there’s an appetite for an open world pirate adventure. Hopefully this year’s big pirate games from E3, Skull and Bones and Sea of Thieves, will fill the hole that remains in the helm of the genre.