The Skull & Bones Insider Program has been launched by Ubisoft to remind everyone that they are still making Skull & Bones. *Reads notes* Sorry, I mean it’s been launched to allow you to “participate in creating a better experience for the community.”
If you do sign and are accepted you will get “a unique opportunity to test early versions of our game,” as Ubisoft have just invented Early Access. Sounds a good idea, wonder if this ‘unique’ idea will catch on.
“Our main objective is to get real data & feedback,” say Ubisoft. “We want to see what our players do when they’re free to play our game whenever they want, however they want. Most importantly, we want to know how they feel about the game.”
“For this, we’ve established dedicated channels of communication reserved for members of the Insider Program to share about their experience, discuss with each other and get information straight from our development team.”
There will only be a small number of places available and anyone who does make it in to the program will subject to a strict Non Disclosure Agreement.
If you want to sign up – sorry consoles owners, it’s PC only – then you can find more information here.
Skull & Bones was announced in 2017 and has been subject to numerous delays and missed release dates. Originally a spin off from Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag there have been many reports of the game undergoing massive changes while it was being developed. In 2019 it was reported the game was moving to a live service title, then in 2020 it was announced the studio was to “pivot the game to follow ‘a new vision.'” Earlier this year associate game director Antoine Henry announced he was leaving the project and Ubisoft.
While all that has been going on a TV series based on the game has been wallowing in development hell, probably because it’s rather hard to make a TV show based on something that doesn’t exist.