The Pirates of the Caribbean Online MMO operated from October 2007 to September 2013. It was licensed by Disney to SilverTree Media and meant to coincide with the release of the third installment of the film series, Dead Man’s Chest, though it was delayed from that date by over a year. It garnered a mixed reception that was still better than the critical acclaim received by the last few movies.

Now, a group of programmers is attempting to revive the game under a new flag. Pirates Online Retribution goes into open beta next week, on May 26 — a date clearly meant to coincide with the release of the newest Pirates movie, which launches on the same day. According to the website, Retribution is “100% Free to Play, and always will be!” (though you can purchase subscriptions starting at $13.99/month) with “Quality customer support” and “Top of the line DDOS and Hack protection firewalls.”

It’s an ambitious set of promises, and you have to admire the developers’ passion for their project. There also appears to be a fair bit of drama involved with the game, as detailed in this post on the forums. Another group, The Legends of Pirates Online (TLOPO) is also attempting a revival of the game, and, according to the Retribution programmers, “is literally threatening to murder members of the Pirates Online Retribution Staff.” Apparently, TLOPO tried to “Swat” the Retribution team, only to mistakenly hit a law firm; “Several people were injured in the process” the post claims. The Retribution project manager also alleges that TLOPO

“threatened to carry out more Swat attacks, cause ‘accidental’ gas-leaks, and even threatened to hire a hit-man to murder my girlfriend if we went through with our planned release.”

Those threats were allegedly issued last summer, but the craziness was still apparently going on as of last week.

All of this makes for some astounding drama, but another question has to loom over both Retribution and TLOPO — namely, how long can either operate until the lawyers at Disney take action? Fan games, even free ones, are 100% illegal and can be shut down in an instant by the original license-holder. Disney isn’t quite as heavy-handed as it used to be when it comes to shutting down fan-made projects, as this article details, but making one-off Frozen videos on YouTube and producing a fully functional MMO are seemingly two separate things. Maybe the fact that two projects have been in the works for as long as they have without being shut down is a good sign.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. someone on June 8, 2017

    It’s a remake of an old game, what do you expect from it? Perfect hyper-realistic photographs blended together infinitely to create a 3D world? It’s a remake, They’re most likely not adding or improving anything until the entire old game is remade. Don’t act like a baby, if you don’t like it don’t play it. It’s made for the fans of the original, not for whiners.

  2. Thoron on May 18, 2017

    Look guys….. it’s a game which was made in 2007 and was ended in 2013 OF COURSE IT LOOKS THE WAY IT LOOKS!

    Now….. I personally haven’t been at the downfall of the game and I left it long ago BUT! If this is indeed a revival of that game then I guess we shouldn’t expect more then what we had.
    Now honestly I saw games which are way older and still has a great community to this date don’t even need to bring up WoW I could easily say Everquest or Everquest 2

    Though…. I do not know we’ll see what will this game will become and if it will indeed become like it’s predecessor was then I say that it might become a worthy Successor to Pirates of the Caribbean online

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  4. Gamer on May 17, 2017

    Was this made in the 1990’s? Ugliest game i have ever seen!

  5. rickshaw on May 17, 2017

    its all hyped garbage the gasbag thing. as well as the game looks like total crap, and made like it looks. It has no reality with its poorly made 3d models, more than likely revamped from other places, who knows, it looks awful anyway. Seeing it plays to the same state as Pirates of Caribbean online makes this game even more suspicious.

    Pirates is the greatest theme.
    YOU GOT TO GET IT RIGHT! & this one fails all the way.