It's been a long time coming, but Ubisoft's seafaring open worlder finally has a release date. Skull & Bones is setting sail for PS5 (there's no PS4 version now) on the 8th November 2022 — that's a day before PlayStation exclusive God of War Ragnarok lands. The last few months of the year are starting to look quite busy, aren't they?
Ubisoft also debuted a new gameplay trailer, and it's fair to say that the title looks very involved. Naturally, your goal is to become the ocean's most infamous pirate, and getting there means having to explore the high seas, plundering cargo so that you can upgrade your ship and your crew's capabilities. In typical Ubisoft fashion, Skull & Bones is clearly designed to keep you playing for as long as possible.
Again, there's a lot to this game — maybe too much for some — but if you have a penchant for piracy, it's certainly one to watch. What do you think of Skull & Bones? Are you ready for it to finally release? Hop aboard in the comments section below.
Pitched against GoW on purpose?
You know it doesn't look half bad, I think I'll get them both.
Ragnarok is going to bury this game LOL
I’ll stick with One Piece Odyssey for my pirate game of choice this year.
Damn. So this is why Forspoken was pushed to 2023. If Sony are smart they will do the same. Even Activision should consider delaying COD.
I think this will only appeal to a very niche group of people.
I can see what they're trying to do with it; it's very "Ubisoft" in that it's trying bury you in as much #Content as possible. Clearly it's built to be expanded on as well.
I dunno, though. While I think aspects of it do look appealing, I'm not sure I can be arsed.
Hmm… in that case, I think I’ll make this Platinum #100 instead of GoW: R 😉
I’d play this if I enjoyed naval combat. But I don’t!
@get2sammyb That the main problem I have with Ubisoft games - I'm just not arsed. I try them, but I always drift away before I finish.
@MidnightDragonDX Their strategy with Skull & Bones is probably the same as with Rainbow Six Extraction, it'll struggle by itself so Microsoft gladly makes it a day 1 on Game Pass release.
I’ll decide whether to pick it up or not after seeing some real world gameplay and/or reviews.
It will probably do just fine releasing so close to GoW. Not even remotely close to being the same type of game. And as someone pointed out I think it’s only going to appeal to a niche group, but who knows.
I remember being so hyped for the game when it was revealed at E3 and then losing all that hype two minutes later once I realized it was built as an online multiplayer game. That seems so long ago, I completely forgot about this game's existence until recently.
It looks good. But after all this development time it's striking how close the gameplay still is to Black Flag.
I'm so close to wanting to play this. I love pirates. I loved AC4. It's my 2nd favorite AC only behind AC2. The thing that's holding me back though is just the multiplayer aspect to it. I just wish it was a single player authentic Pirate game. I'm also not into the "Craft this to craft that, and then craft this other thing to unlock the crafting of that" routine it looks like it has.
I'm still tempted to try it though. Maybe a beta would help.
Hmm seems to me like someone's been trying to make this at ubisoft since they made ship combat and cool looking waves in black flag , wheres the on foot exploration ? Not interested if its just ship based
PS5 only? I’ll take this over Ragnorak. So tired of games being held back visually just so they can function on a console from 2013.
Really disappointed by the trailers for this. A pirate game of this size and in over 20 minutes of footage I have not seen a single sword fight. Not a single swashbuckler in sight. It also seems like they have put too much crap into the game just for the sake of it. It also seems like one of these games that takes forever to get anything done because they want you to play it for the next five years. Overly complicated and no sword fighting in a pirate game means it's a no from me
@Oriion We are talking about Ubisoft here so they were just too lazy.
Looks like a multiplayer Black Flag and didn't look any better visually either. I think I'll stick to Sea of Thieves for my pirate fix and it's water looks so much better than this game too
@Oriion have you seen the graphics on this? It looks like a game from 2013
I have a feeling this is dead on arrival unless its a free to play.
I'm glad Ubisoft finally got this out, and it does look pretty impressive. But just watching the overview already makes this game feel like work. I'll stick with God of War if you don't mind.
Im no conspiracy theorists, but if they don't seem overly bothered by releasing their game the day before God of war this could just be the excuse they need to blame for poor sales . Despite ubisofts track record I am a big fan of alot of their franchise, that being said as a fan I am very tired of there approach of dumping out a game that has the bones of a potential good game but needs way more time in the oven. Having God of war basicaly distract players kind of offers them that time . Again I'm just guessing they game could be fine but my gut says this is going to be a for honor ,rainbow six , the division scenario where it'll be a year or so later does this game come into its own
This doesn’t seem as FUN as Sea of Thieves. That’s my problem with most Ubisoft games these days, it’s content over fun. I don’t care if I can spend 500 hours in your virtual worlds if I’m bored to tears the whole time I’m there.
I think it looks good and exactly what I was expecting from Ubisoft after taking it back to the drawing board. The previous attempt was good after Black Flag but after having so many ships in Assassin's Creed since then, it would have only felt so stale.
It looks a lot like Sea of Thieves with a more realistic art style which is what I wanted. Can see a good bit of Assassin's Creed in it. Not like it used to be but some still there including the style.
Only bad thing I can say is that it looks like the kind of game that would be great fun when it starts and then burns us out when we see too much of it, just like Assassin's Creed does. Sea of Thieves would age better and would be more capable to remain fun with things like Pirates of the Caribbean expansion which this one may not be able to complete with.
Looking forward to it though! Won't be playing until after God of War though
I wouldn't expect any on foot action. Outside of wandering around a port so you can show of your latest purchased outfits and emotes/dances, I doubt we'll be leaving the wheel of the ship often.
Can pvp be avoided in this or can anyone just open fire on you?
Oh, this game just screams "2nd job" status just to stay relevant as is often the case with live service games.
@get2sammyb I mean, does it have a story or is it just like Black Flag side activities but with some competition vs others online? I genuinely couldn't be arsed to even watch the trailer once I saw it was over 7 minutes 😅
If it's just like side content from other Ubi games, but with no real purpose for doing any of it then it's going to be so niche and definitely not for me.
I loved black flag, but there was only so much blowing up forts and ships I could take before wanting to get back to the actual main game.
This is Pretty much the mechanics of Black Flag , minus the Assassins element.
Don't get me wrong , I liked Black Flag a lot , but taking out the story element and leaving in just the Pirate Element does not really appeal to me.
@Ravix They said you can play solo but they basically want you to play co-op. Story looks quite light to me.
Interesting they’re leaving the ps4 behind when it looks like a ps4 game!
Edit - graphically I mean…
@get2sammyb Yeah, so like playing solo side content then :/ I'm really struggling to objectively see who this will appeal to en masse
It's not cartoony and gimmicky pvp fun like Fortnite (never played) that people of any age can get addicted to.
Yet, it's not got a gripping pirate story of loyalty and betrayal set against the backdrop of fighting against the established rules of the the English, French and Spanish Empires to form your own society, creating a world that gamers want to spend time and really immerse themselves in, the stench of gunpowder, smoke and rum almost burning your throat and nostrils as you go.
But hey, there's shanties that definitely won't get tiresome by the fourth loop 😅 (I literally have one of the Greek seafaring songs from Odyssey in my head right now, and actually... I don't mind)
I have no idea what to think of this, but, with Forspoken being delayed and me being one of the twelve people that think GoW isn’t the almighty zenith of gaming, I’m genuinely curious. I liked Black Flag a lot years ago, but I can’t tell if there’s anything meaty for a single player experience. Granted, I’ve got friends who would probably be interested in playing this too. I’ll have to ponder this one. It would be nice to have a fresh multiplayer game. Looking forward to seeing more.
This game is DOA
Well...a few years ago I was excited for this. But now 2022 and you have no sword fights when boarding ships and you can only explore outposts? No desert islands with X on maps? Pff...Ubisoft just want a quick cash again! It's becoming a worse company than EA!
Also if this is not a Plus/Gamepass game, with this release date, it's dead DAY 1.
Bold of Ubisoft to release this a day before Ragnarok.
I didn't like Sea of Thieves and I feel like this is going to be a very similar experience. I'd have to play solo a lot and that sucks unless you know the game and are good at it, when it comes to a game like this.
@Anke Rich gamers' mindset is what we all should be aiming for.
@Zombie9ers While I'm certain that Ragnarok will be at minimum a great game, and I'm planning on getting it, I'm actually more interested in Skulls and Bones because it seems more replayable and actually tried stepping out of the usual genre formulae a bit.
I've officially lost all interest in this game, removed from my wishlist and will not be paying attention to it anymore.
@KidBoruto You absolute tyrant, you...
@Oriion for real. One of my biggest turn-offs for a game at the moment is when I see "coming to PS5/PS4" and bonus anti-points if they've snuck in a "and Switch" too. Where are all the GOOD PS5-only games? It's been out two years already!
if you like naval combat this'd be fine I suppose. But I don't. Add to that managing your crew... this is a big nope for me
@thebizniznizbiz I just have zero interest in a Pirate game that is only naval/ship combat. Yes you can "explore dens" but that's all it is, there's not even a real single player campaign.
This game is obviously not my "cup of tea", just being honest.
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