While games such as Far Cry 5 and Beyond Good and Evil 2 may have stolen the show at this year’s Ubisoft E3 conference, one of the more interesting announcements came in the form of the company’s take on pirates and high seas battles, titled Skull & Bones.
The initial reveal was a bit of a rollercoaster for some. The first bit of the video showcased epic battles and seafaring that resonated with fans of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, which centered around pirating in the Caribbean. However, before long, it became apparent that Skull & Bones shared more in common with For Honor, as the game focused on online battles, with two teams of 5 duking it out on the high seas.
Fans of offline, single-player experiences (myself included) were dismayed at this revelation, but it seems like Ubisoft has much more to reveal about the game’s many modes. Speaking to PC Gamer, a representative for the company went into detail on the narrative campaign, which seems to be tied into the multiplayer experience that was shown off to us at E3.
“[Skull and Bones] will offer a narrative campaign which will be integrated into the game and will not be something aside of the multiplayer experience. In this campaign, players will encounter iconic characters and memorable rival pirates. More details will be shared at a later date”
It’s worth pointing out that the Ubisoft rep chose to phrase the description of the game’s narrative campaign very specifically. While we can’t say for sure, it sounds like it’ll follow in the footsteps of something like Titanfall, where voice-over lines and background information is presented over a traditional multiplayer match. This also begs the question of will the game require an online internet connection to play, much like For Honor?
Regardless of what shape the campaign takes, we can’t wait to learn more about Skull & Bones as time wears on. Ubisoft is targeting a late 2018 release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PCs, and once they lock down an exact day we’ll be sure to let you know.