I was fiddling around online this morning and ended up at the Pirates of the Caribbean Online site - if you’ve not heard of it, it’s a Disney MMORPG that is launching this fall. Other than that, I don’t think there’s a lot of info out about it. They have some videos on the website, and the graphics look tolerable, but nothing really impressive. There’s swordfighting, ship battles, voodoo magic, sailing a ship, poker playing in saloons, and all sort of pirate-y things to do.
I looked at the system requirements, and they were horribly low - something like a 800 MHz P3 and a 256k graphics card, and I thought: this game gets very little respect, if you will, in the gamer community, but what’s gonna keep it from being a big hit? Consider:
- a well known, well-liked franchise
- appealing subject matter
- a backer with deep pockets
- low system requirements
That’s what we have here. What other game had those same qualities? That’s right, World of Warcraft!
Now I’m not by any means saying PotCOnline will have 8 bajillion users, and for all we (I) know it could be Toontown with pirate skins, but I it seems that people are completely discounting it for games like Pirates of the Burning Sea or Warhammer Online - but the casual gamer, who doesn’t have an 8800GTX or a dual core processor - very well may look at PotCOnline, see pirates, swordfights, ship battles, and the chance to meet Jack Sparrow in the game and think “that game looks like fun. I think I’ll try it.”