According to several reports, Ubisoft has reportedly canceled three unannounced games and has delayed the long-awaited pirate adventure game Skull and Bones yet again. Ubisoft states that it will release sometime in “early 2023-24,” and mentions an “upcoming beta phase” for the game. The company stated that it is currently facing “surprisingly slower” sales and “major challenges as the industry continues to shift towards mega-brands and long-lasting titles that can reach players across the globe, across platforms and business models.” “Skull and Bones will reportedly launch for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC via Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Store, and Luna.
Uhh…. Skull & Bones delayed again, it seems. Ubisoft mentions "upcoming beta phase," adding "Skull and Bones will now be released early 2023-24."
— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) January 11, 2023
The game’s details via Ubisoft can be seen below:
Players will start with naught but their wits and a rickety little sailboat. As they gather resources, they’ll unlock blueprints that will let them craft new and bigger ships, upgrades, weapons, and tools, all of which are essential for growing their reputations and expanding their piratical possibilities. To further build their fleet and gain access to even more resources and upgrades, players must grow their Infamy by completing contracts from vendors, local factions, and kingpins throughout the world. Players can also identify new opportunities by scouting the seas with captain’s tools such as the spyglass, which can spot trade routes and wealthy merchant ships, or scope out enemy weaknesses for the best plan of attack.
Naval combat is a core feature of Skull and Bones, and you’ll be able to customize your approach depending on your preferred playstyle. There are 12 different ship options in the game, each with different stats for speed, capacity, and hit points. Additionally, each ship has unique perks that further allow players to customize their experience. Ships can be equipped with armor and a number of deadly weapons, like cannons, mortars, ballistae, torpedoes, and more.
Skull and Bones is playable solo, or in co-op with up to two friends. Skull and Bones has plans for new seasons post-launch, each bringing new contracts, content, and challenges. Do you have what it takes to become an infamous pirate? Find out on November 8, when Skull and Bones launches on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Windows PC through the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store, Stadia, and Amazon Luna. Long live piracy!
Engage in Thrilling Naval Combat – Choose how you want to take on the seas. Sail solo or team up with two friends to watch your back in either player-versus-environment or player-versus-environment-versus-player
Customize Your Ship to Match Your Playstyle – Craft up to 12 ships and customize them with a variety of weapons and armor to maximize your chances for success.
Rise from Outcast to Pirate Kingpin – Grow your infamy to gain access to more resources and opportunities as you take on riskier contracts to gain the most loot