You may be forgiven for forgetting about Skull & Bones, the triple-A pirate game that was announced by Ubisoft way back in 2017. The last time it was seen was at E3 in 2018 when footage of the epic naval battles was shown but since then it has been very quiet.
According to a report on VGC that is because the game is being completely reworked and moving away from the large, quest-driven games Ubisoft are known for. Sources report that “Skull & Bones had been struggling to carve itself a unique position among Ubisoft’s existing portfolio of open-world games.”
The rebooted game is said to be strongly influenced by, what else, Fortnite, specifically the live storytelling elements of the game. Characters, plot, and quest will change and evolve during the life of the game.
“We’re going to batten down the hatches and push back on the game’s arrival—this is a challenging news for us all, but it’s what’s needed to make Skull & Bones as awesome as it can be! Our focus remains on quality first and we’re grateful for your undying support,” tweeted the official account Skull & Bones account back in May 2019 which is when the reboot is rumoured to have started.
The game no longer has as release date and has not appeared on any of Ubisoft’s financial reports for a good while so we won’t see it in stores until late 2021 at the earliest, which means it’s almost certainly only going to be on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
Ubisoft have also teamed up with Atlas Entertainment to create a television show based on the game, will be “female lead”, and is set around in the Indian Ocean and the end of golden age of piracy in the 1700s.
When the game was revealed at E3 2017 it was described as “Naval combat is taken to the next level”. There was a 5v5 mode called The Loot Hunt, and you could disguise your ship to evade detection. Each ship had a special abilities such as siege mode which has no limits on cannon fire when the vessel is anchored. How much that remains in the reboot remains to be seen.