Yep, Ubisoft has announced that it is once again postponing the release date of its open-world pirate game Skull and Bones.
Ubisoft has done it again: it’s postponing the release date of Skull and Bones again. The game is slowly gaining on the laurels of Duke Nukem Forever, as Ubisoft first announced it at E3 2017, but it’s been delayed ever since. It has undergone significant and numerous changes behind the scenes, forcing the company to postpone the project several times.
Ubisoft’s open-world pirate game was initially scheduled to be released in 2018, but the game has been pushed back to 2019.
The developers then kept pushing the Skull and Bones release date until finally agreeing on a November 8 release. But this date is no longer valid, as Ubisoft has announced that the game will now be released on March 9 2023, which means a further four-month delay.
Ubisoft has announced that it is pushing back the release date for Skull and Bones to allow for further tweaking and balancing before release. The delay will enable the developers to deliver “the best possible experience” for fans. However, we may still have the chance to try it out, as Ubisoft has confirmed that Skull and Bones will be holding an open beta “in the near future”, with more information on registration and the like coming “soon”.
It’s no secret that Skull and Bones’ gameplay demonstrations have not gone down well with many fans. It’s possible that adverse reactions to the game may have played a part in the decision to delay it, but if that’s the case, Ubisoft didn’t hold it against us.
The other possible reason beyond Ubisoft’s explanation for Skull and Bones being delayed is that the game’s release would have occurred during a hectic time in the industry.
The open-world Sonic game Sonic Frontiers is due out on November 8, the same day Skull and Bones would have been released before the delay. Then just a day later, the highly anticipated God of War Ragnarok would arrive for the masses. And a week after that comes Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. The November 8 release date has always been in question because of this, and perhaps the game will have a better chance of making it by putting some distance between itself and the other big releases.
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