Games centred around pirates aren't exactly the type that get released regularly, but one announecd back at E3 2017 caught our eye. Here's what you need to know about Skull and Bones including the release date window, gameplay and the all-important and beta sign up.
If you liked Assassin's Creed: Black Flag then this new title from Ubisoft will be up your street, or perhaps ocean. In fact, the concept is based on the naval warfare of Black Flag, so it's time to set sail.
When is Skull and Bones coming out?
Skull and Bones release date: 2020/21
While Skull and Bones was originally slated for release in 2018, Ubisoft announced a delay during its' May 2018 earnings report. The firm decided to "give itself more time to develop Skull & Bones to offer players an even more engaging experience."
The company hasn't since announced a release date for the game, but in an earnings call discussing its upcoming plans it said it plans to release five AAA games in the 2020-21 financial year. Those definitely include Rainbow Six Quarantine, Gods & Monsters, and Watch Dogs Legion, and it's possible that Skull and Bones is one of the other two.
What platforms will Skull and Bones be on?
Skull and Bones beta
There might be a long time to wait for the game to finally arrive, but you can sign up to the Skull and Bones beta to play the game prior to launch and maybe even shape the future of the game's development. To sign up on any of the platforms, simply head to the Ubisoft website and enter your details.
There's no word yet on when the beta will arrive, but we'll be sure to update this section once we have more to share.
How much will Skull and Bones cost?
Skull and Bones gameplay
To start, here's Ubisoft's overview of the game: "It is the golden age of pirates, Renegade captain command the most powerful weapons on earth, warships. You are an upstart pirate captain who refused the King's pardon and sailed from the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean, and untamed frontier full of lavish riches."
There will be both a single-player campaign to play through and multi-player matches of 5v5 called Disputed Waters.
The game is played in a third-person perspective and you'll take control of a pirate captain you choose and can then customise. You can also select your ship class depending on your preferred style of play, and like with the captains, the ship is also customisable. We're not just talking cosmetic customisation like with Sea of Thieves, either!
Ubisoft is touting 'redefined naval combat' for those who take up the challenge in Skull and Bones. This means making use of the wind system to get an advantage, use a spyglass to identify weaknesses and even board a rival ship to win a battle.
You can team up with other ships to take down common enemies and win bounties, but as showcased in the E3 2018 trailer, you may need to keep an eye on those you team up with. They may want to collect the entire bounty instead of splitting it fairly - they are pirates, after all! The firm says the dynamic ecosystem reacts to your actions and challenges your ascension.
We're hoping it's going to be like playing a game version of Black Sails, the popular Michael Bay show on Amazon Prime Video.
Skull and Bones trailers
Check out the Skull and Bones E3 2017 gameplay trailer below for multiplayer and PvP action.
Ubisoft showcased a cinematic trailer at E3 2018, highlighting the pre-launch beta, PvP battles and more.