A Skull and Bones release date may be just over the horizon following another ratings board listing for the upcoming Ubisoft swashbuckling sim.
Having previously appeared on ratings boards in both South Korea and Brazil, the game has now cropped up on the ESRB board which covers North America, Canada, and Mexico.
Unsurprisingly, Skull and Bones has been rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB. This is due to the inclusion of “Blood, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs, Violence.” Just as unsurprising is the mention of in-game purchases, which points to the existence of microtransactions or DLC.
The game has only been rated for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, confirming that Ubisoft is moving away from last-gen systems. It may be a little late in the game’s prolonged development cycle though hopefully the focus on newer hardware will help add some extra shine to Skull and Bones when it finally launches.
Typically, when a game goes through the ratings process, this suggests that its release date isn’t too far away. Announced way back in 2017, Skull and Bones has been through some fairly choppy waters, originally billed as a multiplayer game inspired by AC: Black Flag’s naval warfare before evolving into something much bigger.
Earlier this year, footage of the game leaked online, giving us a pretty in-depth look into many of its features. While we’re waiting for Ubisoft to reintroduce the game and give us a Skull and Bones release date, here’s an insight into what we’ll see courtesy of the ESRB:
This is a naval-combat action game in which players assume the role of a shipwrecked outcast on a journey to become a pirate captain. As players take on missions, they can explore settlements and engage in dramatic sea battles. From a first-person perspective, players command their crew to shoot cannons at rivals (e.g., warships, merchant ships, settlements/forts) in attempts to obtain loot/goods. Enemy ships can be rammed and boarded, resulting in brief cutscenes of crew members shooting or slashing at each other. Combat is highlighted by gunfire/cannon fire, explosions, and blood-splatter effects. Some territories depict corpses impaled on spikes or hanging from nooses; beaches may depict corpses and large bloodstains in the aftermath of battle. Settlements occasionally contain brothels and prostitutes that call out to players when approached (e.g., “Come spend your coin all over me”; “The price of my a*se goes up tomorrow, so buy a piece today!”). Players can also engage in quests to bring poppies to opium dens, which are depicted with patrons lying on couches smoking pipes. The words “f**k” and “sh*te” appear in the dialogue.
In other Ubisoft news, Rainbow Six Siege and For Honor have both entered their latest seasons. Meanwhile, the team working on a Prince of Persia remake have been pulled from the project as the game faces yet another delay. For those Assassin’s Creed fans out there, a 12-week celebration is currently underway that will culminate with the reveal of a new AC sequel in September.