UBISOFT have announced their upcoming pirate game, Skull and Bones, will remain in port until next year.
The game, originally set for release in November, is now scheduled for a March 9, 2023 sailing date.
According to Ubisoft, the game’s development is finished but the additional time is being used “to further polish and balance the experience using players’ feedback from our Technical tests and Insider Program which happened over the past two weeks.”
“This is the right decision both for our players and for the long-term success of the game as March 9, 2023 provides for a suitable release window for this very unique new brand,” the official announcement said.
In addition to giving Skull and Bones time for polish and tweaking, there’s also the fact that God of War: Ragnarok is also set to release on November 9 and trying to compete with that, even in a totally different genre, would be unwise.
Ubisoft have also confirmed that an Open Beta will be held ahead of the Skull & Bones worldwide launch “to ensure players get a firsthand look at the dangerous world of Skull and Bones”, further noting that “players will have the opportunity to discover the game’s unique take on the piracy fantasy, its gritty naval combat as well as the immersive and beautiful seas of the 17th century Indian Ocean.”
Given how thin on the ground (water?) “serious” takes on the Golden Age Of Piracy in gaming are, I’m still very keen to have a look at Skull and Bones – and will be sure to share details of the Open Beta when they’re announced in due course too.