A decade ago Ubisoft, a France-based game developer, announced the production of an action-adventure title known as Skull and Bones. It was supposed to be released in 2018. Well, you guessed it! The release got delayed. It’s been almost 5 years and the cycle continues.
- Skull and Bones have been delayed by Ubisoft for the fifth time.
- Ubisoft last announced the game’s release in 2022.
- Ubisoft cited several issues for the delay.
- The game will now be released on 9th March 2023.
Skull and Bones is a third-person open-world action game played in Disputed Waters of the Indian Ocean. The game has PVP along with a single-player campaign. The game features 18th century warships which include sloops-of-war and frigates. The player starts as a pirate captain, who then goes on treasure hunts and many more secret quests.
In multiplayer, two sets of players will be pitted against each other in a bid to get to a certain treasure. They can attack each other, charge on ships and oust other crew from their ship. The game will also include paid content.
The game was initially scheduled to be released in 2018, but Ubisoft delayed it to 2019 saying the game was still incomplete. The fans were eagerly awaiting its release only for it to be delayed, again, to 2020.
Ubisoft continued delaying Skull and Bones’ launch to 2021 and then to 2022, both times citing the restrictions due to the pandemic. The fans, yet again, were understandably unhappy but not furious as the whole gaming world was suffering at that time.
The year 2022 was supposed to be the year when Skull and Bones will finally launch. But Ubisoft has other ideas. They are still not sure whether the game is complete or not. So citing “polishing and balancing” as the justification this time, they have delayed the game’s launch to March 9, 2023, much to the dissatisfaction of their fans.
In the official statement, Ubisoft said,
Ahoy there, privateers. Our team is hard at work polishing and balancing the experience ahead of the worldwide launch. As a result, we’ve made the tough decision to move our release date to March 9, 2023. We’re very eager for you all to get your hands on Skull and Bones and dive in headfirst to the dangerous and exciting world of building your own pirate empire. To give you the best possible experience we’ve decided to take a little more time to make sure we can deliver exactly that.”
To ease off any reaction they also announced plans to hold an open beta for the game.
For the most eager of you, we are also very happy to announce that we will hold an open beta of the game in the near future. We’ll share more news on how you can sign up to register soon, so keep your spyglasses trained on our social media for more news and announcements.”
A company of Ubisoft’s caliber should be able to estimate the time needed for the completion of a project. And especially when they have already postponed the game’s launch several times before. They should not mislead their customers who eagerly expect the launch.
Let’s hope there won’t be any more delays. And, more than that, let’s hope they don’t take the Cyberpunk 2077 route and launch the game prematurely.
Skull and Bones will be released for PC, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, PlayStation 5, Stadia, and Amazon Luna, hopefully, on 9th March 2023.
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