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Skull And Bones - What We Know So Far

Games focusing on the pirate life have grown in popularity recently. With the release of Assassin's Creed: Black Flag in October of 2013 and Sea of Thieves in March of 2018, it's become apparent that what gamers want is to be pirates. And Ubisoft Singapore is prepared to answer this desire in a big way with a new game called Skull and Bones.

Skull and Bones is an action adventure game centering around your search for treasure in the high seas. This photorealistic title with its gorgeous graphics and intensive game mechanics has been anticipated for quite a long time, and though gameplay demos were present at both E3 2017 and E3 2018, pirate enthusiasts have been wondering when they'll get to play the finished version. The answer: soon. 

There have been several delays in production throughout the development of Skull and Bones, but Ubisoft is still adamant that the game is on track to be released in the near future. So here's all the information you need to know for the Skull and Bones release date, trailer, platforms, and multiplayer.

When will Skull and Bones be released?

Production for Skull and Bones has seen a number of delays for a number of different reasons. Most recently, in late 2018, Ubisoft Singapore announced that Justin A. Farren, the creative director for Skull and Bones, was leaving the team. While Ubisoft assured fans that it was under good circumstances that Farren returned to the United States, it did leave a question mark over the project's release date, as Farren was in charge of shaping the entire creative vision of the game. Ubisoft, however, stated the studio was on the right path with the game and anticipated releasing Skull and Bones soon. 

As of right now, the release date has been set as March of 2020. This is, of course, barring any further disruptions to Ubisoft Singapore's schedule. And even though the game hasn't even been released yet, Ubisoft is partnering with Atlas Entertainment to make Skull and Bones into a TV series. Hopefully this won't distract the company from getting the game finished and released on time.

Is there a trailer for Skull and Bones?

Because Skull and Bones has been in development for so long and has been featured at multiple conferences, there are actually several trailers for interested gamers to watch. In addition to a cinematic trailer and gameplay trailer, several creators on YouTube also uploaded their own gameplay videos from E3 2017 and E3 2018. Having the ability to see how the game has changed over the years has been an interesting look into its design and development process. 

The Hunting Grounds gameplay trailer for Skull and Bones gives players a sneak peek of what they can expect from the adventure game. Strategy, skill, and stealth will all be needed in order to dominate the high seas, and that trailer in particular showcased the different ways you could achieve your goals and personalize your gameplay.

In one example, the player used stealth and cunning to change their sails and sneak past a fort unnoticed. But only moments later, the same player decided to instead try brute force to sink the merchant ship they'd been tailing. From what we've seen in the various trailers released, Skull and Bones will be a very adaptable game that allows players to play the way they like.

What platforms will Skull and Bones be on?

According to the Ubisoft website, Skull and Bones is currently set to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for its initial release. With announcements of new gaming consoles expected to come sometime in the next year, it's possible Skull and Bones will also have a version made specifically for these next-generation machines. But because most of them are expected to be backwards compatible, it's also possible that the developers will focus on the current generation rather than create specialized PS5 or Xbox Scarlett versions.

Does Skull and Bones have multiplayer?

One of the main focal points of the cinematic and gameplay trailers that were featured at E3 was the multiplayer aspect of Skull and Bones; so much so that many players were concerned that there wouldn't be a single player campaign at all. While Ubisoft has confirmed that there will be a single player campaign with a rich narrative, it still seems that most of the emphasis is on the multiplayer aspect of the game.

The ability to strategize and devise a plan of attack for taking down an enemy ship is an exciting prospect for an open-world game. And this, of course, also brings with it the possibility for rival factions and some element of PVP. Though Ubisoft hasn't given many details concerning the extent of the multiplayer options for Skull and Bones, what we do have so far looks like it will provide an incredibly unique and entertaining player experience.