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December 8, 2023

Andreas Betsche

Storm-proof Pirate RPG Skull and Bones Receives Yet Another Release Date

December 8, 2023 | Andreas Betsche

At the Game Awards, Ubisoft announced that Skull and Bones will finally release on February 16, 2024. The co-op open-world pirate action-RPG will be playable on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S, and PC (Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Connect).

Brave souls will have a chance to test the waters through a Closed Beta from December 15 to 18 before the official launch.

A Ubisoft game made in Southeast Asia

Developed by Ubisoft Singapore in collaboration with Ubisoft Philippines and other Ubisoft studios, Skull and Bones is a co-op open-world pirate action RPG where can become the most infamous pirate captain and build your swashbuckling empire. Players will be able to craft ships, forge alliances, and take part in naval battles in the Indian Sea.

Skull and Bones screenshot showing a group of pirates on an island and several pirate ships.

Much akin to the Ubisoft tradition, the pirate game pledges an ongoing odyssey as a service game, promising free seasonal content drops with fresh challenges and features.

Skull and Bones: Editions and DLC pre-order bonus

Skull and Bones will be available in standard and premium editions, with a pre-order bonus for the standard edition in the form of exclusive downloadable content (DLC): the “Highness of the High Sea Pack” which includes the “Notoriety Garb Captain Outfit” and “Coronation Firework”.

Skull and Bones pre-order bonusses.

The premium edition will offer 3 days of early access and “The Ballad of Bloody Bones Collection”, including cosmetic items, two extra missions, a digital art book, a soundtrack, and a “smuggler pass token”.

Despite being Ubisoft Singapore’s prime AAA project, Skull and Bones has been navigating rough seas for many years. From controversies on working conditions to leadership changes and mixed critiques from both press and fans, it has weathered numerous delays and rescheduled launches. The question looms whether Ubisoft can finally steer this ship to its intended harbor on February 16, 2024.


Andreas Betsche

Andreas Betsche founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after researching Cambodian mobile games for his Master’s thesis. He has a background in Southeast Asia studies and has worked and lived in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Since he has been actively playing games since the early 90s, combing both worlds in Virtual SEA brought together both of his passions.

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