The long-delayed pirate game, which was previously scheduled for release this November, has been pushed back by a further four months.
Skull and Bones - cinematic trailer
“While the game development is finished at this stage, the extra time will be 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” Ubisoft said on Wednesday.
“This is the right decision both for our players and for the long-term success of the game as 9th March, 2023 provides for a suitable release window for this very unique new brand.”
Ubisoft also announced today that it plans to hold an open beta ahead of the game’s release.
Skull & Bones is a “multiplayer first” game set in a world inspired by the Indian Ocean during the golden age of piracy.
Players begin their journey as an underdog whose goal is to become the most infamous pirate to sail the seas.
They start off with a small dhow (trading vessel), but as they progress and their Infamy level rises, they can craft bigger and stronger ships with unique playstyles.
Players earn Infamy in a variety of ways including taking on contracts, which are deals they make with NPCs in the world, some of which can be shared and completed in a group of up to three players.