Skull & Bones, that Ubisoft piracy sim, might not ever see the light of day. New reveals have detailed ongoing struggles with development, suggesting the ship is lost at sea, so to speak. According to Jason Schreier, the game is seemingly stuck in limbo. After being asked by an inquisitive follower on Twitter about the swashbuckling game, the response was pretty grim. It’s been a long and ultimately painful voyage for the game. The game was originally billed as the pure sequel to the likes of the naval combat sections of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. Or you know, literally the best part of that game.
Now, the game has been suffering from a loss of talent. The Creative director left toward the end of 2018, according to the new intel. After being pushed to a 2019-2020 release window to “give itself more time to develop Skull & Bones to offer players an even more engaging experience,” Ubisoft hit it again with a delay a year later, leaving it out at E3 2019. The game is supposed to debut for the PS4, Xbox One and PC, but we have no idea when.
We may never see this game though, as these kinds of limbo projects just seem to keep having issues. It also doesn’t help that Ubisoft has been canning and delaying video games left and right. A previously unknown title was canned a while back, previously in development at Ubisoft’s Montreal studio.
We got our first taste of real Skull & Bones gameplay during E3 2017, showing a stylish and rather impressive take on the core formula that games have wanted to explore for some time. The open seas of this appealing game was originally supposed to come out in late 2018, before getting hit with two different delays that pushed the launch date into unknown territory.
It has such promise too, as Ubisoft sold the initial premise amazingly well:
It’s the Golden Age of Pirates. Renegade captains 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, an untamed frontier full of lavish riches. However, these waters are also a battleground where far-reaching colonial empires, powerful trading corporations, and ruthless pirate gangs ferociously clash. In order to survive, you will have to build a lethal fleet, prey upon lucrative trade routes, and ally with other pirates to join the endless struggle for supremacy.