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Ubisoft’s pirate game Skull & Bones delayed until 2020


Skull & Bones – development has not been smooth sailing

Skull & Bones has been delayed by at least a year, but Ubisoft has revealed it has three secret games due out before next April.

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Although it was announced way back in 2017 it’s easy to forget Skull & Bones is even a thing, considering how little of it has been seen since then.

Rather awkwardly, it got announced right around the same time as Rare’s Sea Of Thieves and has already been delayed once. And now it’s not going to be out until at least next April.

No specific reason was given for the delay but a short video annoucement promised that, ‘quality remains our number one focus’.

As a result, the game also won’t be at E3 next month, all of which suggests a substantial rethink rather than just an extra bit of spit and polish.

The game was originally inspired by the ship combat from Assassin’s Creed and although at first it seemed to be multiplayer-focused it now has a substantial story campaign as well.

Ubisoft’s schedules aren’t exactly empty though, as their recent financial results reveal that they have four AAA games planned for release before the end of their fiscal year in March 2020.

One of them is the recently announced Ghost Recon: Breakpoint but the others are currently a mystery. A new Assassin’s Creed is expected next year, but a new one has never launched anytime other than just before Christmas – so that seems unlikely to be one of the three.

Watch Dogs 3 has been repeatedly rumoured for this year, which is probably a good bet, while there’s also been numerous rumours of a Splinter Cell reboot – including a bizarre ‘joke’ annoucement last night from a Ubisoft creative director.

Far Cry spin-offs, as opposed to numbered sequels, have always traditionally been released in the spring but after the lukewarm reception to New Dawn it seems unlikely there’d be another quite so soon.

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