Sid Meier’s classic Pirates! game, which originally played on home computers in the 1980’s and was revived in 2004 for consoles and modern computers, is to be released for Nintendo’s Wii platform later this year.
As before, the game places players in the 17th century Caribbean where they can take part in sea and land battles while amassing a fortune in plunder and taking part in a quest to save their family from the evil Marquis de la Montalban.
“We are big fans of the Wii and think Pirates! is the perfect game to bring to that platform,” said Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis Games, and designer of the Sid Meier’s Pirates! series. “We’re sure Wii fans will enjoy the timeless adventure of being a pirate captain on the high seas as much as all of our other fans have!”
The Wii version of the game will see would-be swashbucklers take the helm one of 27 fully customisable ships as they descend upon unsuspecting ports of call to assemble a motley crew of seafaring bandits.
As well as the traditional mini-games from the classic original such as Sword Fighting, Ship Combat and Dancing, the Wii edition includes two exclusive mini-games – Bombardment and Lock Picking as well as character and ship customisation options.
Rated PEGI 12+, the game is being developed by 2K China and is set for an Autumn 2010 release.