well, this is out this week. the main site
makes it sound like it may be a little less serious:
* Roam the open World with your Pirate crew and pick up missions as you sail the seas.
* Notoriety and fame brings you closer to your ultimate goal: the King of All Pirates
* Battle it out with the forces of Black Cove and other colonial nations on both land and sea
* Select your character from several different Pirate Captains, each with their own unique skills and features
* Make creative use of some of he wackiest land and sea based weapons ever to grace a Pirate world
* Varied units and weapons allows You to carry out the battles as You see fit