There’s trouble on the high seas. Ubisoft has delayed Skull and Bones again pushing the open-world naval pirate game from November 2022 all the way to March next year. This delay means that apart from Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Ubisoft doesn’t have any major holiday season games releasing this year.
Skull and Bones will now release on 9 March next year. In a statement, Ubisoft says that the development on the game has already been completed but the studio will use the extra time to polish up the experience for players. The developer claims that this extra time will be used to incorporate the changes and feedback received from playtesters and the community during the closed game tests.
“While the game development is finished at this stage, the extra time will be used to further polish and balance the experience using players’ feedback from our Technical tests and Insider Program which happened over the past two weeks. This is the right decision both for our players and for the long-term success of the game as 9th March, 2023 provides for a suitable release window for this very unique new brand”
This delay marks the fifth time Skull and Bones has been pushed back. The game was revealed back in 2018 and delayed into 2019-2020. Skull and Bones then went missing for a while before getting a new release window in late 2020. It was then delayed again into 2021. Ubisoft then hosted a re-reveal for the game earlier this year and set the original release date for 8 November. Of course, that is no longer happening.
Skull and Bones has also been through a troubled development cycle with the game seeing multiple reboots throughout development. The game you know and have seen up to this point is very different from the game that Ubisoft revealed back in 2018.
Hopefully, Ubisoft won’t delay Skull and Bones for the sixth time and as it stands, the game is set to launch on 9 March for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. While I haven’t actually played the game myself yet, I have participated in quite a number of preview events. You can read my full preview of the game here.