It’s almost time, and fans will soon be able to take to the high seas in Skull and Bones. But the adventure won’t stop with the launch.
Yarrr, full speed ahead
Centered on pirating in the Indian Ocean, Ubisoft’s ambitious open-world action/adventure Skull and Bones is finally about to arrive. But past it’s imminent launch on consoles and the PC, Skull and Bones will also have a full swath of stuff to do in the “endgame”, and a massive collection of post-launch content coming.
All of the above had the wraps taken off yesterday, thanks to a new trailer that Ubi released, along with some details as to what fans can expect.
Endgame and Year 1 expectations
Players will embark on a perilous journey facing Legendary Pirate Lords like Philippe La Peste and the Hubac Twins. Stirred into a feeding frenzy, players will have to strategize and defeat these new threats, each escalating in difficulty. Strategic ship loadouts and seasonal ships and gear will be key to taking them down in the final showdown at the end of each season. Prepare to expand and defend your empire by looting stronger equipment and valuable resources through new world events introduced each season. Face Merchant Convoys, Elite Warships, and other predators on the high seas. Bigger challenges bring greater rewards as you navigate these dynamic and unpredictable waters.
Discover the intense endgame of Skull and Bones, where you’ll face more dangerous challenges, higher stakes, and alliances that can transform into rivalries. Transition from working with Kingpins to becoming their rivals, facing the perilous consequences of the treacherous pirate life. Seize control of The Helm, an unrivaled smuggling colossus, and build your smuggling empire. Control manufactories across the Indian Ocean, increase profits through strategic control of trade routes, and invest in upgrades for your operations. On top of these, Legendary Heists and Hostile Takeovers activities also add thrilling twists to empire-building, with new end game features introduced each season.
Engage in precarious PvP activities with high-risk, high-reward Helm Wagers and Cutthroat Cargo. Accept challenges and legendary treasure maps, which will put a literal target on your head until you reach the target outpost. Rise to the top, and solidify your reputation amongst Kingpins, earning rewards based on your leaderboard placement. Participate in free time-limited events each season, collaborate with fellow pirates, complete exclusive community events, and claim treasure troves of loot. The leaderboard resets each season with new rewards, encouraging players to continually strive for the top.Ubisoft press release
All that and a barrel of beta
Along with all of the above, Ubisoft also revealed that a beta test is fast approaching. The early chance to play Skull and Bones will be an open one too, and be available for the Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and the PC (via Epic).
If you’re seeking for a good look at the finished game, it sounds pretty full featured too, so you might want to check it out. Players will be able to reach the Infamy Cap of Tier 6 in the test, and grab up to five “exclusive rewards”. Those include unique ship cosmetics, emote, weapon and Pandal Lemur pet”.
On top of that, what you do in the beta looks like it will carry over to the full game’s release, and those who engage will even find allowance for cross-play and cross-progression. So yeah, lots to do in this one when it becomes available on February 8th (runs through the 11th).
As you can see from those dates too, you won’t have long to wait if you do end up buying into the full title. Skull and Bones will arrive for all of the above platforms on February 16th.