Skull and Bones PS5

Ubisoft has today confirmed it's once again delaying Skull and Bones, and also cancelling the development of three unannounced games. The three titles in question weren't named, but in the case of the troubled pirating experience, the publisher says it'll now launch for PS5 "early" on in the 2023-2024 fiscal year. Announced all the way back in 2017, Skull and Bones has suffered several production issues and delays.

The title re-appeared in July 2022 with a gameplay presentation, at which point a November release was announced. It was then pushed back until 9th March 2023. Now budding pirates will have to wait even longer as Ubisoft stops short of attaching a new date to the anchor. Although, the firm says players will be "positively surprised by its evolution" thanks to a more polished build and a balanced experience.

As for why the French publisher has cancelled three games, it pointed towards the disappointing sales of recent games like Just Dance 2023 and Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. Ubisoft says it's facing "major challenges as the industry continues to shift towards mega-brands and long-lasting titles", so it's reviewing its revenue prospects and will be more cautious in the future. As a result, it's deprecating roughly €500m of capitalised R&D and undergoing a restructuring process. This is designed to secure "long-term growth and value-creation prospects".