Skull & Bones Production In Full Swing – Won’t Be At Today’s Ubisoft Forward
Shiver me timbers, an actual update on Skull & Bones.
At this point, you’d be forgiven if you’d forgotten about Skull & Bones. Ubisoft’s Pirate adventure was announced at their press conference during E3 2017 and has since received multiple delays. The game was originally due for release last year, however, it was pushed to “some point after 31st March 2020” and little has been heard about the title since then.
With the developers holding another Ubisoft Forward event today, some optimists thought we may get a peek at where the game is currently at. Unfortunately, Ubisoft has opted against showing anything of Skull & Bones during the showcase, saying it “won’t be present at Ubisoft Forward on September 10, we’re currently working on plans to present Skull & Bones sometime in the future.” Instead, they’ve given us a brief development update on the game in a blog post.
While it’s been incredibly quiet on the Skull & Bones front for an extended period of time, it looks like some positive progress has been made. Creative director Elisabeth Pellen has stated in the post that “production on Skull & Bones has been in full swing” also adding that the game has a “new vision.”
Pellen goes into further detail about how development is shaping up, saying:
“We dreamt something bigger for Skull & Bones, and these ambitions naturally came with bigger challenges. These difficulties resulted in necessary delays for our game. 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.”
So while the game has been left out at sea for what feels like years now, it seems like good progress is finally being made and confirms the rumours that it was being rebooted. The blog post suggests that the game will be relaunching in some form next year and although there’s currently no suggestion of PS5 or Xbox Series X versions, it’s looking likely that we’ll see them.