Yes, that is correct, Ubisoft has delayed Skull and Bones for the 6th time. So the question remains, will this game ever get released?
Development of Skull and Bones is said to have begun around 2013 during the launch period of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. In fact, it is said that Skull and Bones was intended to be an expansion to Black Flag, before morphing into its own game.
Skull and Bones has had a troubled development
To say that Skull and Bones has had a troubled development, would be an understatement. As the headline of this article reads, Skull and Bones has now been delayed six times. The most recent delay pushed the game back from November 2022 to March 2023.
Why has it been delayed, again?
As reported by Eurogamer, the reason Skull and Bones has been delayed this time is due to recent poor sales by Ubisoft titles. Two games that were mentioned to have delivered under expectations are Mario+Rabbids: Sparks of Hope and Just Dance 2023.
In a financial report from Ubisoft, the company said that it is facing “major challenges as the industry continues to shift towards mega-brands and long-lasting titles”.
The financial report also stated that due to poor company revenues, an “increased cautiousness over the coming years.” It was also revealed in the financial report that three unannounced projects have been cancelled. This is on top of the four canned games reported in July 2022.
When will Skull and Bones be released?
At this time, no new released date has been announced. However, the report says that Skull and Bones will release sometime during the fiscal year 2023/24. In other words, it could be late this year or a few months into 2024. That’s assuming the game doesn’t get delayed for a 7th time.
Despite starting development in 2013, Skull and Bones wasn’t officially announced until 2017. So this means that not only has the game been in development for at least 10 years, it’s now entering its 6th year since its announcement.
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