Disney has battened down the hatches and set its sights on calmer seas, as it has officially canned the video game version of Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned.
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The Pirates of the Caribbean movie series is a cash cow for Disney, but apparently the video game series that has accompanied those movies hasn't done so well.
This isn't just some flippant decision so that Disney won't have to focus on a game tie-in for the movie. According to the LA Times, Disney had already poured in millions of dollars into the game's production. But the decision was made to cut it off before any more money went into the project, because there were concerns about its potential commercial success.
It could also be a sign that Disney now plans to focus more on cheaper, casual and social games instead of big-scale console titles. The company did purchase Playdom, a leading social gaming company, for more than $560 million earlier this year. Developing Facebook or iPhone game versions of Disney movies would be an extremely more cost-effective marketing campaign than pouring in the resources needed to create epic PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii games.
Disney has also been slimming down its core video game operations, closing down two small units of one of its studios, the company confirmed this week. As such, around 100 people were laid off.
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It certainly sounds like the signal of a radical shift for Disney's gaming division.