The ill-fated pirate simulator from Ubisoft Skull and bones has hit another development problem and has slowed down again. Skull and bones has shifted from this fiscal year to the next, placing it somewhere between April 2022 and March 2023. Ubisoft announced the delay as part of its revenue call today, saying the extra time “will allow the team to fully deliver on its vision. “
“We strongly believe in the team’s creative vision and they have been given an increasingly ambitious mandate for the game,” said Ubisoft CFO Frédérick Duguet. “Singapore-led production has grown well over the past 12 months and the promise is better than ever. The extra time allows the team to fully realize its vision. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot also has confidence in the Ubisoft Singapore team working on it Skull and bones.
VGC notes that Skull and bonesoriginally announced in 2017 for release in 2018, has now suffered repeated delays for four consecutive years. We were able to try out the game at E3 2018, but reports since then show that the game has changed drastically and has rebooted several times from what we were originally able to play three years ago.
Skull and bones has now reportedly switched to a living, persistent open-world model. The series was spun off as a new IP based on the piracy and shipping aspects of it Assassin’s Creed. The intention was to give the development team more creative freedom, but it seems that the unbridled freedom has caused some hiccups along the way. Still, Ubisoft appears to be resolute in its desire to bring it down Skull and bones To the market. The publisher announced one Skull and bones TV series in 2019 and last year cleared the head of the development studio after a leadership check.
Ubisoft has announced a whole new vision for Skull and bones last year, with the new creative director and Ubisoft veteran Elisabeth Pellen spearheading the change. While Ubisoft has not detailed what that new vision is, VGC reports that it has heard of an ambitious goal of creating an enduring living world that evolves based on the collective actions of the community.
Ubisoft confirmed that this fiscal year will continue to release the Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Quarantine (reportedly changing to Rainbow Six parasite), Equestrian Republic, the recently announced The Heartland Division, and Roller champions.