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Pirates of the Caribbean Online

"Wherever we want to go, we'll go. That's what a ship is, you know. It's not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails - that's what a ship needs... but what a ship is... what the Black Pearl really is... is freedom." - Captain Jack Sparrow

Freedom is what Disney is going for with Pirates of the Caribbean Online. Its upcoming MMORPG is simpler and more streamlined than competing games. The publisher hopes to net a mass market audience by parlaying the popularity of the movies and eschewing the standard MMORPG trappings of race, class, alignment and the like. Instead, players will have the freedom to sail the seas, plunder booty, terrorize fiends, explore the arcane world of voodoo and more. Best of all, it sports a cost that even the most frugal pirate would love - free!

Okay, it's not entirely free, but the developers told us that one-third of the game is free to try. You'll get to dip your toe in the pirate-infested (and advertising-supported) water to see if the game is to your liking. After that, you'll pay $9.95 a month to gain access to higher levels, additional worlds, more quests and special items.

From what we've seen, it looks very easy for the average person to get into. As there are no distinct classes, everyone is a pirate and it's all about raising your notoriety. This is done by dispatching enemies, discovering treasure and going on quests. If you're lucky, you'll get to raise your notoriety alongside Captain Jack Sparrow and Will Turner.

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