After thousands of years of swashbuckling adventures, pirates still rule pop culture. In 2003, Jack Sparrow stole our hearts – and our rum – and brought pirates back into prominence. Fast forward nearly 18 years, and it’s safe to say we still in the Golden Age of Piracy. To keep our buccaneer palettes wholly satiated, Ubisoft has developed a new naval warfare game of thunderous proportions aptly dubbed Skull & Bones.
This open-world oceanic excursion puts players in the captain’s quarters while ruling over their own customizable ship. After spurning a king’s pardon, players roam untamed waters from the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean with grandiose dreams of discovering untold riches. But the seas can be a deadly place.
As is the life of a pirate, players will come mast-to-mast with the likes of colonial empires, merciless crews of fellow pirates and ambitious trading companies with their own ambitions of controlling the sea. To combat these heinous entities and ensure their survival, players – captains, rather – will assemble a formidable fleet to ravage trafficked trade areas and join forces with other pirates in a battle for aquatic sovereignty.
In addition to all human threats, players must also be wary of raging weather, spontaneous conflict and a certain ancient water beast waiting to dish out cataclysmic destruction without a moment’s notice. Skull & Bones is truly a tale fit for timeless pirate lore.
But it’ll be some time before we can begin our exodus on the high seas. After being unveiled in late 2017, Skull & Bones has experienced several setbacks and is currently slated for an early 2021 release. In a statement from Ubisoft, the developer and publisher relayed to eager gamers that the delays haven’t so much been a result of bugs and issues as they’ve been of rather big ambitions to provide a game that stands the test of time.
In regards to the postponement of release – which looks to be in the spring of 2021 – Ubisoft had this to say:
“Critical questions needed to be addressed over the past several months such as: how do we modernize the classic pirate fantasy? How do we ensure a more immersive and visceral experience? How do we create cool and memorable moments in-game? For most of these questions to be answered, it was clear that we needed more development time.”
From what’s been gathered, Ubisoft is in no hurry to release a game that doesn’t meet their standards. In the meantime, while we wait to plunder the ever-evolving world of Skull & Bones as the ultimate pirate on our very own warship, check out some of the extended gameplay for an idea of what’s in store.
I don’t know about you, but it certainly sounds like it’s the pirate’s life for me.