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Pirates of the Caribbean sequel

Another movie tie-in sets sail.

Fans of Disney's swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will have no less than three gamess to choose from next year, following the announcement that Bethesda Softworks is hard at work on PotC: The Legend of Jack Sparrow for PS2 and Xbox.

The game is based on the original film rather than the forthcoming sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, as movie tie-ins for the next-gen consoles are already in development.

You get to "be" Captain Jack Sparrow - otherwise known as Johnny Depp - as he hacks and slashes his way through a dozen locations. Expect to see characters and environments from the first movie, with plenty of swashbuckling, smuggling, shipwrecks and sword fights to enjoy.

Lots of "varied gameplay" is promised - one minute you'll be fighting off hordes of undead pirates, the next you'll be on the run from the Royal Navy, for example. Plus you get to learn new moves and combos, including special killer attacks, as the game progresses.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow is slated for a 2006 release, along with the Dead Man's Chest games and Disney's previously announced Pirates of the Caribbean MMORPG.