Despite its shortcomings, Ubisoft is not the worst video game publisher out there. However, despite the fact that Ubisoft’s open-world concept has reached its saturation point, Ubisoft still manages to produce AAA experiences that are at their least really fine games.
When it comes to releasing games on the schedule, Ubisoft has had an excellent track record of doing so. However, the pirate-themed adventure Skull and Bones from Ubisoft is one of those rare outliers.
Formed in 2017, Skull and Bones is the brainchild of Ubisoft Singapore, and it was first shown off during the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo. There have been several Kotaku reports throughout the years about how far behind Skull & Bones has been in development.
Skull & Bones has been re-revealed by Ubisoft, and it does appear to be in a much better situation, but the game’s release date is a crucial factor that might mean disaster before it even hits shop shelves.
When Did It Start Developing?
Skull and Bones is said to have been in development since 2013, over a decade ago. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag‘s critically acclaimed naval combat was to be turned into a full-fledged MMO spin-off at the time. While developing the game, the team decided to break away from the Assassin’s Creed brand and create a completely new project.
Skull and Bones was renamed Skull and Bones over the years and went through a variety of changes. Just about every aspect of the game, from its general direction to its characters and scope, has undergone significant alterations, according to a report by Kotaku.
A crucial milestone in the game’s development was the game’s environment, which went from an Assassin’s Creed-inspired Caribbean to a fantasy, Greek mythology-inspired realm of Hyperborea, and finally to the Indian Ocean.
Many adjustments were made to the gaming mechanics of Skull & Bones throughout its first development period. Internally, Skull and Bones’ developers couldn’t decide if the game would be a survival game like Rust or Raft, or a naval battle and exploration game.
After seven years of production, Skull & Bones was announced to be adopting a “new vision,” which would necessitate additional several years of development, this time with the help of Ubisoft Berlin, in 2020.
When Skull & Bones’ release date was originally set for April 2021-March 2022’s fiscal year, it was pushed back multiple times during the past few years.
Skull and Bones: Release Date
There were whispers going around before we actually had a release date. During an update on Ubisoft’s financial situation that was held with investors, it was disclosed that the game would be released within the next year or so at some point.
It was stated in the company’s earnings report that “Skull and Bones will now be launched in 2022-23,” but for a while after that, there was no additional information regarding a more exact release schedule.
Then, only a few days before the worldwide reveal event, a Skull & Bones release date was revealed by a Twitter user, and it turned out that this leak in particular was accurate.
The date of release for Skull & Bones is slated for November 8th, 2022. Yes, it is one day before the much-anticipated release of God of War Ragnarok, so it will be interesting to see how both games perform when they finally become available.
Customization of Skull and Bones Characters
It appears that Skull & Bones’ ship customization options will be beneficial in a variety of situations. Expect to see a lot more customization possibilities in the final version of the game despite the demo’s limited selection of sails, weapon setups, and figureheads.
Because the rules of the game are subject to change based on the predictions of a fortune teller, you’ll have to be flexible. Yes. High winds imply that more merchant ships are available for pillage, but there is also more rivalry for these ships, so you’ll have to adjust your strategy accordingly.
In the demo, everything is explained in detail. The weather and trade routes are some things she can help you with. Consider the fact that you can disembark your ship and take a look around on your own little island as well. Distractions abound, so be prepared.
Skull and Bones: Trailer
Despite the fact that it was released on the same day as the global gameplay reveal, the new teaser will have you hooked right from the start. An unidentified guy, lured into the life of piracy by the promise of “charting a new route,” is marooned on an island and must erect a ship to get home.
Before showcasing some dramatic naval warfare, the video switches to other pirates in varying degrees of awesome, swashbuckling clothing.