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Pirates Online News Archive Release Notes

This Newsletters page will list all email newsletters sent out in the world of Pirates of the Caribbean Online during the year of 2007. But, for the latest information - also check Pirates Online or Pirates Forums!

December Game Insider

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Potco skullbullet Now Live - The Pirates Online Players Channel in DXD!

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You can dive deeper into the Pirates Online experience with the all-new Pirates Online Players Channel. Check out other Pirates' stats, set up or view events for your Guild, access additional leaderboards, or create your own customized Pirate Channel, and more. Here are some of the features available:

DIRECTORY Use the directory to find any Pirate (Notoriety level 2 or higher) or Guild in the game. Disney XD PIRATES After you've found one of your friends, you can view all their stats, as well as the following:

  • Guild affiliation
  • Weapon skills
  • Treasure they've collected, including gold and playing cards
  • All the other Pirates they've created



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Potco skullbullet From the Developer's Deck

It's been an exciting first month for Pirates Online! Since the game launched, our players have accomplished some amazing things:

  • Players are joining the crew from all over the globe, especially in North America. Our U.S. Player Map shows hot spots on both coasts, everywhere in between and growing fast!
  • Pirates are dealing heavy damage to Jolly Roger's undead army! An elite few players have already hit the tens of thousands mark for enemies defeated - check them out on the leaderboards!
  • Some of the Caribbean's finest have amassed a good amount of notoriety, gold, and treasure - and they'll need it in the coming year as the game expands.



Our development team has been hard at work during the last month, putting out regular releases to address issues that you, our players, are telling us about.

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Potco skullbullet Blackjack Fridays: Bring Your Gold and Your Game

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Grab your crew and head to the local tavern - and don't forget to bring your luck - you'll need it! Next Friday, December 28, we're kicking off our weekly Blackjack Fridays. Hang out with your Guild, meet other Pirates, sharpen your card-playing skills, and most importantly, have some fun. Here are all the details - we'll see you there!

What: Blackjack Fridays
When: Every Friday (beginning December 28) from 3-9 PM (PST)
Where: Visit the Rowdy Rooster in Port Royal or King's Arm in Tortuga to play.

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Potco skullbullet Customize Your Pirate - New Clothes, Tattoos, and More!

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Come February, you will have the chance to give your Pirate a whole new look. Here are just a few of the customization options coming to Pirates Online:

  • Clothing: New pants, hats, coats, and more
  • New hairstyles
  • Tattoos
  • Jewelry: Including earrings, nose rings, necklaces and more



Stay tuned for further game updates and announcements!

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Potco skullbullet Quick Tips to Improve Game Performance

There are many different factors that can contribute to a decrease in game performance. Here is a list of quick-and-easy tips that you can use to help enhance and improve your game-play experience:

  • Turn down your in-game graphics settings: Open your Options Panel by hitting F7 in-game, or by clicking Options in the pick-a-pirate screen -- turn all settings under the Graphics and Geometry tabs to Low or Off.



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Potco skullbullet Pirates Online Players from Coast to Coast

Check out the Pirates Online Player Map to see all the different places where people are playing Pirates Online in the U.S.

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Potco skullbullet Chatting in Game: What You Should Know

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Since chat is such a big part of your experience in Pirates Online, we wanted to be sure everyone was clear about the different chat options that are available to you, and how to use them. Pirates Online offers three types of chat: Speed Chat, Speed Chat Plus; and Open Chat. For more information, or to review the Pirates of the Caribbean Online Code of Conduct, check out the Game & Chat Policies page on our Web site.

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Potco skullbullet What's in a Name?

Choosing a name for your Pirate and/or Guild is one of the many important decisions you'll make in Pirates of the Caribbean Online - this is the first impression others have of you, and therefore, should be chosen wisely. Check out our Name Approval Guidelines to help you determine what types of Avatar and Guild names are appropriate.

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Potco skullbullet "Aces Need Faces" Blackjack Contest

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From December 28 through January 6, the player with the most Blackjack hands won each day will be awarded an 8GB iPod Touch! Visit the Contest Page for complete details.

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From Leah:
Q: I think there should be some words added to the chat dictionary. Where can I send my suggestions to?

'A: We'd greatly appreciate any help you can provide to make our chat dictionary more robust. We'd also like to encourage players to send us suggestions for additional phrases that they'd like to see added to the Speed Chat drop-down menu. Any and all of these suggestions can be sent to us by using the Contact Us form.

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Potco skullbullet Brushing Up on Your Blackjack Skills

Before you belly up to the Blackjack table in the Rowdy Rooster or King's Arm, you'll want to make sure your game knowledge and skills are up to par. Here's some important information you'll need if you want to leave the tavern with more booty than you walked in with. Brushing Up on Your Blackjack Skills Your Main Objective While Playing Blackjack:
Beat the dealer with a hand that does not exceed 21 points. If you go over 21 points, you lose.

ACE: 1 point or 11 points (whichever you need most)
FACE CARDS (KING, QUEEN, JACK): 10 points
NUMBER CARDS (2-10): Number on card corresponds to the point value of the card (i.e. a 3 card = 3 points)

For players new to Blackjack, here's how the game works:

  • Once you sit down at the table, you'll be asked to place your bid
  • The dealer will deal out 2 cards to everyone at the table and will turn 1 of his cards face up for all players to see
  • At this point you have several options, which are displayed as buttons at the bottom of your screen:
    • Bid: Put more gold into the pot (which other players must match)
    • Stay: Keep your current cards and do nothing
    • Hit: Ask the dealer for another card
    • Split: If the first 2 cards you are dealt are of equal value (i.e. 2 Jacks, 2 Fives), you can 'split' them and play them as two separate hands
    • Double Down: Allows you to double your initial bet and receive ONE additional card (this can only be done with a 2 card hand, before another card has been drawn)
    • Swap Card: If you have a cheat card, you can swap out cards in your hand with ones up your sleeve (cheat cards are earned by completing special quests)
    • Leave: You always have the option to quit the game and leave the table



Want some tips? Read More

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November Game Insider

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Potco skullbullet The Game is Live - Play Now!

After several years of hard work by our development and publishing teams, we officially launched Pirates Online at 11:30 PM on October 30, 2007. If you haven't already, we invite you to jump into the game and embark on the adventure of a lifetime!

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Potco skullbullet Pirates Celebration in Hollywood!

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Thanks to all our players who came out to celebrate Halloween and the official launch of Pirates Online. For those of you who couldn't make it, we've posted some pictures from the event as well as included some footage in this month's Video Insider.


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Potco skullbullet Leaderboards Now Live

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See how you stack up against other Pirates! Visit the leaderboards to see the top 25 ranked Pirates in the following categories: Overall Notoriety, Enemies Defeated, Ships Sunk, PVP Wins (Team Battle), PVP Wins (Mayhem), and the Number of Blackjack Hands Won.

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Potco skullbullet Create or Join a Pirate Guild - New Invitation Codes

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Want to always have a band of Pirates to turn to for help? Different than a session-only Crew, you can create or join a persistent Pirate Guild and your fellow rogues will always just be a click away -- even after you log out. Click here to find out how.


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Potco skullbullet Explore the Pirates Online Player's Guide

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Need help? Check out the Player's Guide where you can find information on anything game related, including quests, PVP (Pirate vs. Pirate), adventures on land or sea, chat, parlor games, and more!

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Potco skullbullet Founders' Program Extended

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Due to popular demand, we have decided to extend the Founders' Program - it will now run through the entire month of November, expiring at 12:01 AM (PT) on Saturday, December 1. Click here for complete details on the program.


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Potco skullbullet Pirate Translator - New "Grab It" Feature!

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You can now add the Pirate Translator to your profile on your favorite social networking site. Click the link above to "Grab It."

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Potco skullbullet Live Like a Pirate Contest Winners

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We really enjoyed going through all the entries we received for the Live Like a Pirate contest -- thanks to everyone who participated! To see a complete list of winners, visit the Contest Page.
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Thanks for all the feedback you've continued to provide -- it's great to hear what our community has to say, so keep it coming!

From Steven:
I was wondering why some POTC online players (avatars) over level 30 can do things like play a guitar or sweep with a brush??!! What is this and how do they do this? Thanks!

This sounds like a case of our DEV's showing off! Stay tuned for fun emotes that may be unlocked by certain quests and notoriety gains.

Read here for more Player Q&A.

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Potco skullbullet Pirate Words of the Month

Careen: To turn over a ship and clean the barnacles and seaweed from its bottom.

Sink Me!: An expression of surprise -- as in: "Your friend hasn't made a Pirate yet? You've got to be sinking me!"

Flank: The maximum speed of a ship. Faster than "full speed."

Squall: A sudden, violent wind often accompanied by rain. Better put on a coat!

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Potco skullbullet Did You Know?

The "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction was originally envisioned as a walk-through attraction.

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Check out the Pirates

Online Halloween launch event!

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October Game Insider #2

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Potco skullbullet Pre-Order Unlimited Access

Pre-Order Unlimited Access to Pirates of the Caribbean Online and become an official member of an elite crew of founding pirates! With your pre-order you will receive:

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- 50% off your first month - that's only $4.95!
- A limited edition certified cloth map
- An exclusive Founder title for every pirate on your account. Let everyone in the Caribbean know that you've been here from the beginning!

Click here for more information or to Pre-Order now.

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Potco skullbulletCelebrate Halloween in Hollywood...with Pirates Online! Join us in Los Angeles as we kick off Halloween 2007 in full Pirates style

Who: You and your fellow rogues (that includes family and friends)
What: Pirates of the Caribbean Halloween Celebration

  • Check out the Black Pearl
  • Autographs
  • Compete in a costume contest
  • Trick-or-Treating



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When: Wednesday, October 31 from 3 PM to 6 PM (PT)
Where: The Grove: 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036

When you arrive, be sure to let us know you're a member of the player community -- who knows, maybe you'll find yourself with some extra loot! We hope to see you there!

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Potco skullbulletGetting into Character

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Go behind the scenes with Kevin McNally (Joshamee Gibbs) as he lends his voice to Pirates of the Caribbean Online! Find out what it's really like to be transformed into a video game character in this month's Video Insider.

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Potco skullbulletDeveloper Diary - Back on the Producer's Deck Contest!

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For this month's Developer Diary, we decided to hit up our executive producer, Jason, again for an inside look, and some info, as to what's been going on in the second phase of Beta. Check out what he had to say about the state of the game, his feelings on Beta Phase 2 and any other random thoughts he felt inclined to share.

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Potco skullbulletNew Downloads - Get into the Spirit of Spook!

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We thought the Halloween season would be a perfect time to create an art pack filled with images that portray the frightening eeriness that is Jolly Roger and his undead crew! Download the art pack here.

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Potco skullbulletCaption This Contest - And the Winners Are ...
We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the "Caption This" contest - we received a ton of really great, creative entries! After sifting through all the submissions, we were finally able to nail down our 10 lucky Winners. We've listed a couple of our favorites below.

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"Let's get to the root of our problem shall we mister stump? Keep your branches to yourself and just leaf me alone wood you."
"Leaves of three, let it be, but if it's a tree with arms, legs, and leaves of none, I'm starting to think you better run."

Visit the Contest Page to see a complete list of winners.

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We've received some great feedback over the past few months - please, keep it coming! Check out the Player Q&A section of the Web site to find out what your fellow pirates are itchin' to know.

From Jeff:
Can you create your own ship, as in placing where cannons, stairs, etc. are placed?

Not yet, but we are planning on expanding the game in the future to be able to customize what types of cannons, broadsides, prows, and sails you have on your ship, as well as other cool ways to make your ship unique. Click here for more Q&A

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Potco skullbulletPirate Words of the Month
Clipper: A fast moving ship. If you see a clipper a comin' towards you, you should probably get out of the way. Either that, or man your cannons and unleash your fury!

Shark Bait: Anyone thrown overboard without a life jacket. Don't trust a pirate - if you're thrown overboard without a life jacket, you're about to feed the fish.

Stink Pot: Glass container that is first filled with rotten meat or other putrid items, then with gunpowder, and is then detonated. Basically, it's the pirate version of tear gas...smells so bad, it will make you cry.

Shiver: A wooden splinter. The timbers of a hip splintering during battle gave rise to the infamous pirate phrase, "Shiver me timbers."

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Potco skullbulletDid You Know?
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" is the first "Pirates" movie where Ragetti and Pintel actually have their names said.

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Getting into Character

Go behind the scenes with Kevin McNally (Joshamee Gibbs) as he lends his voice to Pirates of the Caribbean Online!

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Potco skullbulletHappy "Talk Like a Pirate Day"!
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Don't forget - September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! This holiday was created back in 1995 by a couple of salty old pirates who decided that, on this day, everyone should do nothing but talk like a pirate.


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Don't worry if your pirate speak is feeling a little rusty - we've got you covered. With our new Pirate Translator, you simply type in any phrase you want to "pirate-ize", or choose from a list of useful phrases we've provided, and hit the translate button...you'll be on your way to perfect pirate speak in no time!




Potco skullbulletDownload New Wallpapers and Icons!

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Developer Diary: From the Producer's Deck Check out this month's Developer Diary, where our producer, Jason, gives us an update on what's been going on since Phase 1 of the Beta test ended, and provides a glimpse into some of the exciting things the VR Studio has in store for Phase 2! You should also check out this month's new Video Insider, which features an in-depth commentary on the latest game updates, complete with new game play footage.




Potco skullbulletDownload New Wallpapers and Icons!

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Visit the Downloads section where you'll find a host of brand new assets, including new screenshots, icons, and wallpapers!

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Potco skullbulletNEW - Live Like a Pirate Contest!

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To celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day, we thought it would be a perfect time to kick off the Live Like a Pirate contest! To enter, create a video or send us a photo of how you live (and talk) like a pirate or at least how some pirate traits have invaded your life.

Whether you're constantly reprimanded for bringing your parrot into work, have 'customized' the family car so that it now resembles a fierce galleon, or occasionally throw in an 'Avast' or 'Savvy' into your daily conversations, we want to know and will award the 5 best photos and the 5 best videos with 30GB iPods. Get all the details here!

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As your comments and questions keep pouring in, we're doing our best to answer them! We really like hearing from you - so keep them coming! Be sure to continue to check out the Player Q&A section of the Web site for answers to our players' most burning questions!

From Johanna:

Are player ships allowed to sink other player ships outside of the PVP playing mode? There are people near Cuba (switching seas) that sink anyone outside their guild. In other games, you can't be sunk unless you go over certain boundaries or reach a certain level - this allows more fair play. Is this how it will be in Pirates Online?

We've received a number of questions similar to this one - so we figured it must be a hot one! If players decide they want to fight each other, they can use the game's Lookout System to get matched up for player vs. player combat and blast away all they like. Otherwise, players will NOT be able to damage each other's ships (through any means, including ramming and cannons) when in the open (non-PVP) area.

From Alex:

I am a level 7 player and I wanted a flintlock pistol, so i bought one. When I went to the "weapons" section to equip it, it was red and said "need pistol training to use" - I figured I would get pistol training later in the game. Later on, I saw a level 5 member using a pistol! I just want to know how I get pistol training so I can use it. Please help me!

Thanks for sending us your question...we hope this helps to clear up some of the confusion! So, before you can even purchase a pistol, you must learn about the Pirate Code and complete pistol training. In order to do this, you must complete the quest in the tutorial that sends you to visit Barbossa on Devil's Anvil. Upon completion of this quest, Barbossa will give you your first pistol - the Flintlock Pistol. Other types of pistols can be purchased in stores, but keep in mind, they have minimum level requirements.
Here are the current minimum level requirements:
Double-Barrel : Pistol Level 5 (250 gold)*
Triple-Barrel : Pistol Level 15 (2500 gold)*
*These numbers may change slightly as we continue balance the game before launch.

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Potco skullbulletPirate Words of the Month

Scuttle: to sink a ship - good if you're the sinker, bad if you're the sinkee.
Forecastle: below deck bow sleeping quarters... don't let the word 'castle' fool you - it's cramped.
Dredgie: ghost or ghosts of pirates dead by betrayal - A.K.A. guys you don't want to mess with.
Black Jack: large drinking cup made of leather and stiffened with tar - or one of the ways to earn some extra booty in the game!



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The singing, animated parrot atop the entrance to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction is named Peglegged Pete.

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Developer's Commentary

Dive deeper into land-based combat and get a first-hand view into the latest changes to the game.
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March Game Insider

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Pirates of the Caribbean Online is approaching its launch date and has already been previewed by several top gaming sites! Check out their reviews here.

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The combat system within Pirates of the Caribbean Online has many different layers and dimensions - enough to satisfy even the most seasoned MMO player. From high-seas ship-to-ship cannon battles and PVP arenas to epic Boss Battles - from the second you step foot in the Caribbean, you're bound to be met with a series of combat challenges. This latest newsletter is dedicated to giving future players a crash course in the game's enemies, as well as the different forms of combat: land and sea.

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Check out a few of the long-awaited Screenshots featuring your favorite Pirates film characters, including Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann.

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Click here to view the latest Video Insider, which showcases combat within the game and follows the Pirates of the Caribbean Online development team to a fast-paced fencing tournament in San Francisco. Learn how the combat system is structured and check out our crew's combat abilities!

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We've updated the Crew Bio page to include a few additional team members. Take a look at their interviews and check back soon for more!

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Check out the latest entries in our series of Developer Diaries -- each focusing on a different aspect of the game's development process, specifically combat.

Building & Outfitting Ships:
Read up on how players can acquire, upgrade, and repair their ships, as well as the different ship varieties and sizes.

Enemies:
From old favorites like Davy Jones to new faces like Jolly Roger, the enemies players will encounter within the game are limitless and will only grow over time with the Pirates film franchise.

Land & Sea Battle:
Delve into the building blocks of a true Pirate lifestyle - battles! Learn the basics of how land and sea combat are set up, including the weapons players will have at their disposal.



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As your e-mails keep pouring in, we'll continue responding to them in the Community Q & A section of the site. Send in questions or comments on anything from avatar customization to ship features to storylines. This is your chance to talk directly to the makers of Pirates of the Caribbean Online! Read a sampling of what your peers are asking about!

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February Game Insider

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Shhh - We're giving away the secret a little early... On March 18, Pirates will invade select cities across the country, and you could be among the select few with a ticket for this exclusive event. Be the first in the world to experience the trailer premiere for "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and celebrate with other lucky fans. Click here to visit Disney.com starting Friday, March 9 to have a chance to win!

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From the moment you set foot on the islands of the Caribbean, players will encounter and ultimately learn the mystical powers of voodoo. This supernatural force is woven throughout the game's storyline and gameplay, from the ability to summon swarms of wasps on your enemies to the healing powers of the Voodoo Doll that you carry. Read on to discover how voodoo is used in Pirates of the Caribbean Online and learn more about its ancient background! Read More

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Take a look at the newest Video Insider on voodoo and the supernatural forces within Pirates of the Caribbean Online. You'll see how voodoo is used as a weapon within the game and also get a glimpse inside a real voodoo practitioner's shop in New Orleans

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We've updated the Crew Bio page to include a few additional team members. Take a look at their interviews and check back soon for more!

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Delve into the latest Developer Diaries -- each focusing on a different aspect of the game's development process:

Environments
Discover the different islands of the Caribbean, including those from the films and ones created specifically for Pirates of the Caribbean Online. Each island has a unique look and feel, including areas with jungles, swamps, caves, beaches, and more. Depending on which area of the game you're in, you will encounter different architectural styles, enemies, and characters. From Tortuga and Port Royal to Padres del Fuego and Kingshead Island, the ability to explore the Caribbean is only limited by your thirst for adventure!

Voodoo Learn the ins and outs of an untraditional pirate weapon - voodoo! Voodoo powers can be used in-game to both defeat enemies in combat and heal yourself or other players. Taught by the mystical Tia Dalma, Voodoo is one skill that every pirate can practice - starting with the ability to teleport to other islands!

Click here to view the full Developer Diary series, including the most recent releases.



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As your e-mails keep pouring in, we'll continue responding to them in the Community Q&A section of the site. Send in questions or comments on anything from avatar customization to ship features to storylines. This is your chance to talk directly to the makers of Pirates of the Caribbean Online! Read a sampling of what your peers are asking about.

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January Game Insider

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Pirates of the Caribbean is an epic adventure set against the backdrop of history. It is a world where the real coexists with the unreal and where the conflict between what is primal and what is civilized is raging out of control. Read More

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Pirates of the Caribbean Online may not have launched yet, but you can still enjoy a piece of the adventure today. Download the Desktop Galleon and complete a series of fast-paced, ship-to-ship cannon battles, collect gold, and unlock hidden treasure. If luck's on your side, the more you play, the more handsomely you'll be rewarded in-game.

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Watch the latest Video Insider to see how the VR Studio brings the game characters to life. First, see how the artists and animators build characters like Elizabeth Swann and incorporate their unique physical features and traits. You'll also see a preview of the "Create-a-Pirate" system, used to build your own in-game pirate avatar.

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We've updated the Crew Bio page to include a few more tricksters and pirate rogues. Take a look at their interviews and check back next month for more!

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Check out the latest updates to our Developer Diaries, each focusing on a different aspect of the game's development process:

In-game Characters
Learn about the robust character generation system created by the Animation Team at the VR Studio, and how they've maximized customization with a variety of physical features and clothing options. Everything down to your pirate's five o'clock shadow, wrinkled brow, or narrow-set eyes can be determined in the character generation process, allowing for millions of truly unique avatars.

Pirates Mythology Read up on how the history and mythology of the Pirates franchise are integrated into the game, whether the storyline, different game environments, or film characters.

Click here to view the full Developer Diary series, including the latest two releases.



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As your e-mails keep pouring in, we'll continue responding to them in the Community Q&A section of the site. Send in questions or comments on anything from the types of weapons available to ship features to storylines. This is your chance to talk directly to the makers of Pirates of the Caribbean Online! Read a sampling of what your peers are asking about.

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January Beta Acceptance Newsletter

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