Skull & Bones

What we know about Skull and Bones, the pirate game on troubled seas

After five delays, it may be time to finally set sail in 2023.

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Few games have undergone a development cycle as tumultuous as Skull and Bones, an open-world pirate adventure that has been in the works for nearly a decade. Since its initial reveal at E3 2017, the game has reportedly gone through numerous redesigns and has been delayed several times. But thanks to a recent reemergence, it’s clear the game has come together, and although it was delayed once again, it should launch in 2023. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about Skull & Bones, including its launch date, gameplay, and details about its development cycle.

When is the Skull and Bones release date?

Skull & Bones is gearing up to launch on March 9, 2023. As part of its lengthy re-reveal, Ubisoft had planned for the game to come out on November 8, 2022, but recently delayed the game for the fifth time.

A Ubisoft blog post confirmed the delay:

Our team is hard at work polishing and balancing the experience ahead of the worldwide launch. As a result, we’ve made the tough decision to move our release date to March 9th, 2023.

By the time this game comes out, it will have been in the works for a decade.

What are the Skull and Bones platforms?

Skull and Bones will no longer launch for PS4 and Xbox One.Ubisoft

Ubisoft confirmed that Skull and Bones will launch for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Amazon Luna. It was previously planned to release for PS4 and Xbox One, but given its lengthy development cycle, Ubisoft has shifted away from the previous generation.

Is there a Skull and Bones trailer?

The newest Skull and Bones trailer debuted on July 7, 2022. There had been multiple trailers and showings before this, but considering how much the game has shifted direction in recent years, it’s best to disregard anything prior to 2022.

There’s also a substantial Ubisoft Forward event dedicated to Skull and Bones that takes a deep dive into all the game’s systems and features, which we recommend watching if you’re curious about this upcoming adventure.

Who is the Skull and Bones developer?

Assassin’s Creed developer Ubisoft Singapore is leading development on Skull and Bones.Ubisoft

Skull and Bones is in development at Ubisoft Singapore, the team responsible for many Assassin’s Creed games including Black Flag — which is one of the biggest inspirations for the upcoming pirate adventure. In fact, this game initially started off as a multiplayer expansion to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, but eventually spun into something of its own.

It has been in the works since 2013 and has undergone numerous iterations — at one point being an MMO before evolving into a live-service game.

According to a report from Kotaku, the game suffered from a lack of creative vision, management issues, and has cost Ubisoft $120 million as of 2021.

Thankfully, the project seems to have come together as of July 2022 and will hopefully stick to its new March 2023 release date.

What will the Skull and Bones gameplay be like?

Skull and Bones focuses on naval battles and can be played solo, or cooperatively. Ubisoft

Skull and Bones is a multiplayer pirate game that focuses on ship battles, with players taking on various roles to control and attack large vessels in the ocean. While the game will prioritize multiplayer components such as PvE, PvP, and co-op, you’ll be able to complete the game solo, as well.

As revealed during the recent Ubisoft Forward event, the game starts you off washed up on a beach with nothing. You then have to fend off deadly creatures and build yourself up as you acquire new pirate contracts to grow your Infamy.

Infamy is tied to the game’s progression system. The more missions you accomplish, the more your Infamy grows, giving you access to more jobs and opportunities.

Along the way, you’ll earn blueprints and different crafting materials used to develop your ship. As you complete more challenging contracts, the rewards you’ll earn will improve — leading to much better ships.

Naval combat remains one of Skull and Bones’ core features. Ubisoft explains that a variety of weapons will be available such as cannons, “Greek Fire,” mortars, and other types of bombards to sink enemy ships.

With this being a live-service game, Ubisoft is committed to supporting Skull and Bones with post-launch content for years to come. Following the game’s release, free content will be available to all players, offering more challenges and quests to complete.

Skull & Bones launches on March 9, 2023.

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