Skull & Bones is a pirate-themed title that will allow players to play a single-player campaign or online multiplayer in a systemic shared world that reacts to the decisions players make. So if you and a group of friends become dreadful pirate lords, expect the great powers to send powerful pirate hunters after you.
Ubisoft are teasing the game as a “shared narrative”, rather than a separate experience. This probably means that singleplayer and multiplayer content will be interchangeable, or at least that’s what I take away from it.
So far the two videos released at E3 2018 are a long-form trailer showcasing ship upgrades and outfitting. There’s also a lot of talk about how to stalk prey on the open seas. You’ll have to keep your wits about you if you’re to survive the merciless waters of Skull and Bones. Having the right crew and the fastest or toughest ship can keep you above water in a tight situation, whereas the wrong choices can send you tumbling to a cold grave.
There’s also a cinematic trailer that focuses much more on the story-based campaign, and it’s your typical pirate Robin Hood-esque tale.
On your journey to become a pirate king, you’ll acquire unique and formidable warships – so whether you want a quick and agile vessel, or a towering battleship, you’ll always have something in your arsenal to fit your play style. In addition to finding a vessel that suits you, you’ll be able to customize your ship with different weapons and crewmates to further refine your experience. Pirates who want to strike fear into the hearts of their enemies at first sight can also customize nearly every visual aspect of their ship, including sails, figureheads, ship wheels, paint colors, and pirate captain.
Skull & Bones is due to arrive for Xbox One, PC, and PS4 sometime in 2019. Players can sign up for beta access here.