It’s been quite a long time since we’ve seen anything new about Skull & Bones, Ubisoft’s pirate simulating naval combat title. The last time I remember hearing anything was at last year’s E3. Now, after radio silence, Ubisoft has decided to push the title back until after 2019-20. According to GameSpot, this is due to how Ubisoft’s fiscal year works, and the earliest it will be available is April of 2020.
A new video posted to the Skull & Bones twitter account attempts to dissuade some people from being disappointed in the delay, but it’s hard not to feel some sort of disappointment with how great the game looks. According to the video the development team is focusing on making the title as good as it can be.
Rest assured that we are working as hard to ever to make sure the game is going to be as great as possible, and quality remains our number one focus.”
We’re going to batten down the hatches and push back on the game’s arrival—this is a challenging news for us all, but it’s what’s needed to make Skull & Bones as awesome as it can be!
Our focus remains on quality first and we’re grateful for your undying support ☠️⚔️ pic.twitter.com/ZCt85tY3TG
— Skull & Bones (@skullnbonesgame) May 15, 2019
While Ubisoft has a history of delaying titles, it usually only does so when necessary. A strong portfolio of well received games shows that delays aren’t always a bad thing, and generally lead to a higher quality of title at launch. Others, like Rainbow Six Siege, or the first The Division title, don’t always have as strong of a launch, but grow and progress as the life of the game goes on. The developer seems committed to making sure the out of the box experience for Skull & Bones is as great as possible, especially after being delayed in 2018.
Also announced was that Skull & Bones would be skipping E3 2019. The real question is, what will Ubisoft be showing off this year? Maybe a new Watch Dogs title will make an appearance, and while after jokingly revealing a new Splinter Cell game, maybe it finally is time for Sam Fisher to be making a return.
Stay tuned as we get closer to E3 and throughout the show for full coverage on all of Ubisoft’s titles.