Skull & Bones has definitely been talked about in recent years, due to a troubled development dotted with small and big problems, but finally, after six long years spent in the limbo of difficult-to-manage titles, it seems that the game is finally on its way. arrival, to the delight of lovers of picaresque works and naval settings, which are also very rare. The game has been in development since 2017 in the studio Ubisoft Singapore, which between restarts, the replacement of some key staff members, including the removal of a CEO, has seen all the colors, as if it were really a pirate ship racing towards the dangers of the open sea. We are now ready, parrot on shoulders and eye patch, to find out what this intriguing title has to offer.
The Singapore pirates are about to attack our fleets, Captain!
Skull & Bones is an original IP on which Ubisoft is really aiming for a lot, and that, at first glance, it has all the potential to have a good success on the market, thanks to the many things it offers, including an Asian charm that immediately catches the eye. Ubisoft Singaporewhich is in charge of development, is in fact one of the most important Triple A studios in South East Asia and has been active since 2008, and after its debut with the title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled it has definitely been asserted thanks to some titles of the most important saga of the parent company, that is Assassin’s Creed Origins, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and the recent Assassin’s Creed Valhallain which the Singapore studio collaborated with significant parts of the gameplay, simultaneously with these three games, announced at the time of the US event E3 edition 2017, is in the pipeline Skull and Bones which is based on the battles at sea of the pirates, and guess who took care of the naval battles of the unforgettable Assassin’s Creed III, which you find on this page? Yes, the specialist himself Ubisoft Singapore. We were able to admire the gameplay of the title in an online event dedicated entirely to the game, which you can see commented, if you missed it, on the Official GamesVillage Twitch Channel, which you can find in this LINK. The title, during the six years of troubled development, has definitely changed a lot, but the final result, which will soon make its debut on the market, looks really interesting. Let’s find out together what the picaresque scenarios of this adventure in the seas of the romantic, exotic and dangerous Indian Ocean offer us.
Skull & Bones: naval piracy according to Ubisoft Singapore
The plot of the interesting game is inspired by a real historical period, to which literature has dedicated a great deal of space over the following centuries. Skull & Bones it takes place in fact during the Second Golden Age of Piracy in the Indian Ocean, in the late seventeenth century, a time when several picaresque companies battle each other for the conquest of the oceanic seas, with cannon shots flying black flags with drawn skulls. A fascinating and unique period, which gives us a stunning game setting. Moreover, there are also few recent titles dedicated to the fascinating world of Piracy, the excellent comes to mind Sea of Thieves from RARE, you find on this page. Skull & Bones launches us into the career of a pirate, who, after being a castaway, and starting from the lowest rungs of the profession, aims to climb the high spheres of Naval Piracy and, from a small ship populated by thieves and drunken thieves, will slowly aim to become the Pirate King. The start in the Sainte-Anne location is practically disastrous, we will be in command of little more than a small boat, with broken axles, which leaks all over the place, and without any crew, and we will need to bring it back to a competitive level, with small and big improvements. The Picaresque town is a typical 17th century pirate den, but at the same time it is a convenient gaming hub for us. In this port frequented by desperate and criminals of the sea, we also find blacksmiths, shops, supply shops, aspiring unemployed sailors and even large ships for sale. The small starter ship, called dau, in fact, can be upgraded, hiring staff, making repairs, inserting new equipment, weapons and provisions for long journeys, and, later, even completely replaced with new and increasingly performing ships. The customization of your boat is really very strong, and each ship will be different from the other during the adventures, unlocking new items during the adventure. And slowly we will pass from the management of a harmless ship all broken to a sumptuous fleet of pirate ships, ready to terrorize seas and oceans! The fleet can also be divided into different ships, those of exploration, those of cargo, slow but very useful for cramming the loot, and those properly battle, heavier and more difficult to maneuver, but armed to the teeth. Cannons, fire-breathers, crossbows, but also defense bulkheads against enemy shots. With the telescope it is possible to have a preview of the enemy resources, so as to decide what to do well in advance. The strategic component is remarkable, with specific inventories and various parameters to always keep under control. Let us remember that the crew is made up of brigands, robbers and raiders, who, if not fed enough, or with too low morale, could engage in mutiny, which is not really desirable in the open sea, perhaps during a battle to the death. ! In case of defeat or sinking of the ship, however, the game allows you to recover most of the cargo, and start over from the nearest outpost. The title is also based on the possibility of making agreements with other players online and socializing with them, up to signing specific commercial contracts with up to three players. One of the parameters to be kept under control as much as possible is that of Infamy system, which must be raised as much as possible, the more infamous we are, the more we will become superfine pirates. The level of Infamy progression is crucial to becoming a true Piracy behemoth. Then it’s up to indulge yourself with treasure hunts and unlockable global events, which are real in-game missions.
From a specialist such as Ubisoft Singapore one could only expect epic naval battles, well-kept and exciting, and in fact it was so. Enormous care has also been placed in the different classes of pirate ships, each with different unique peculiarities, which must be evaluated according to your style of play, do you prefer greater attack power or a higher defense due to the more resistant structure? It will be up to the players to decide. Collecting resources from clashes, but also environmental ones, such as wood and minerals, as well as food and animal skins, will be essential to keep all parameters balanced. In some islands off the beaten track there are even clandestine shops, with prohibited and illegal goods, ideal for infamous and proud pirates like us! These resources will be used for a very interesting crafting phase. The title is also playable in single player, with an interesting plot and never monotonous gameplay, but also in multiplayer, with cooperative online challenges or even a simple but always intriguing PvP. The hunt among players, experienced privateers, against novice pirates, already seems a lot of fun! The polygonal models of the game are in the standards to which the French house has accustomed us, and they are made very well, both those of the characters and of the environments, the soundtrack seems epic at the right point. Ubisoft has announced that special dedicated servers will be open when the title is released, where you can indulge yourself in naval battles. We can’t wait to set sail for this new and exciting picaresque adventure in the heart of the Indian Ocean, between sabers, pirate flags and rivers of frozen Grog!
Sviluppatore: Ubisoft Singapore
Piattaforme: PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S
Release date: November 8, 2022
The French parent company during the dedicated event also unveiled the official release date of the title, or in this year’s Christmas window, November 8, 2022, and the chosen platforms, which, as some rumors had already anticipated, will be only those of the new generation, namely Personal Computer, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S. Unfortunately, the old-gen consoles, including the Nintendo Switch, remained out of the game. After all, already in 2017 Justin Farren, game director of Skull & Bones, had stated that it would be very difficult to see the game on this console. November is near, and we can’t wait to get our hands on Skull & Bones, one of the most interesting new Ubisoft IPs of the moment, which we have been waiting for almost six years. Pirates let themselves be desired …