Disney Interactive Studios today announced the development of Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned.

In development at Disney's Propaganda Games (Turok), Armada of the Damned is described as an epic, action RPG set within the Pirates of the Caribbean universe. The game takes place before the events of the blockbuster films, with players taking on the role of a pirate and embarking on land and sea adventures.

Players will explore a massive open world while fighting enemies, mystical creatures and Mother Nature, both to gain experience and stay alive. Supernatural elements will also affect their character's story and influence their choices.

"Armada of the Damned is a dynamic action role-playing game that captures all of the franchise's excitement, unpredictability and action while delving into narrative elements never before explored within this unique universe," said Dan Tudge, vice president and general manager, Propaganda Games. "Our team's collective experience with industry-leading RPGs and action titles provides a strong foundation for us to create and build a compelling action role-playing title."

Armada of the Damned is scheduled to be released in autumn 2010 for next-generation consoles and Windows PC.