Ubisoft has provided an update on the very long-awaited game Skull & Bones, stating that it will now be “multiplayer first” with an emphasis on competitive and co-op gameplay. They added that, despite the long development of the game, they were very happy with its progress so far.
Speaking during their latest earning’s call yesterday, Ubisoft briefly discussed Skull & Bones, reiterating that it’s expected to launch sometime in their next fiscal year, which concludes on 31 March 2023. However, the blueprints of the action-adventure game seems to have slightly shifted in a more multiplayer-focused direction.
Ubisoft CFO Frédérick Duguet mentioned in the earning’s call:
“It’s a very promising new IP focusing on multiplayer first, so very consistent with our strategy to bring multiplayer competition and co-op first in a big open world, with a great, attractive fantasy. That’s of course a longer development time that we’ve had on that game, but we’re very happy with the artistic direction and the progress of the game so far.”
Skull & Bones was first announced with promises of exploring the vast Indian Ocean either as a solo player or with friends in the campaign. Ubisoft’s exact wording doesn’t exactly clarify if these single-player elements will still stand, but the focus will largely be around multiplayer when it eventually releases.
Skull & Bones was seemingly a result of the excellent ship combat first explored in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and later entries. To have an entire game centered around naval combat sounds great, but the game has tragically faced numerous development setbacks over the past few years, having rebooted its entire development in 2020.
Ubisoft also revealed during its development reboot that it would shift to a live service model, so their comments on the game being primarily multiplayer-focused now shouldn’t really come as a surprise. However, those looking to enjoy a multiplayer experience will certainly find more to like than single-player gamers.
Source: Video Games Chronicle