After bumpy development and multiple delays, a recent report suggests that Ubisoft's Skull and Bones may be gearing up for release this coming November.
The report comes from Alumia_Italia on Twitter (via Eurogamer (Opens in a new tab)) who claims to have found details of the game's release in a listing on the Xbox Store. According to ALumia_Italia, the listing mentions a pre-order bonus, additional missions, a "Smuggler's Pass Token", a digital soundtrack and art book, and a premium bonus pack. More importantly, however, it also includes a possible release date (opens in a new tab): November 8, 2022.
The Skull & Bones announcement is imminent. Xbox Store listings ready, some examples: 1) SKULL AND BONES™ PRE-ORDER BONUS 2) Bloody Bones Legacy Mission 3) Ashen Corsair Mission 4) Smuggler Pass Token 5) Digital Soundtrack and Artbook 6) Premium Bonus Pack… 28 of June, 2022
This release date discovery was later corroborated by a known insider, Tom Henderson, who simply tweeted a green check mark in response.
ALumia_Italia suggests that the inclusion of the game on the Xbox Store means that "the announcement of Skull and Bones is imminent". In fact, Tom Henderson claimed earlier this month in a report for TryHardGuides (opens in a new tab) that according to his sources, Ubisoft plans to re-reveal the game in early July and that the re-reveal will include a release date. exit. confirmation.
Skull and Bones doesn't currently have an official release date, though earlier this year Ubisoft said in a financial report (opens in a new tab) that it expects the game to release during this fiscal year, which is before April. of 2023. November 8 would certainly correspond to this goal.
Of course, any leaked release date should always be taken with a pretty significant pinch of salt. We won't know the release date for Skull and Bones for sure until we hear it officially from Ubisoft.
Analysis: Is it likely?
It's safe to say that Skull and Bones is a game that has been a long time coming. First revealed in 2017, its release date was pushed back multiple times amid reports of a mid-development reboot.
In the September 2020 update, Ubisoft Singapore creative director Elisabeth Pellen said that the game was being created with a "new vision" and as recently as February 2022, Ubisoft said that Skull and Bones was now a game. multiplayer first , suggesting that mentions of single-player items made in early E3 presentations no longer apply.
Despite these issues and delays, in recent months it seems more and more likely that the game is finally getting ready for release, as this leak is certainly not the first.
In April, for example, some gameplay footage was leaked (via VGC (Opens in a new tab)) and Tom Henderson reported (Opens in a new tab) that tech test invites were being handed out. Ubisoft's (opens in a new tab) apparent response to the leaks has been to tell fans to "keep your eyes on the horizon."
Even more recently, in May, the game was rated in South Korea, receiving its ESRB (opens in a new tab) rating of “M” for mature just a few days ago.
Taking all of these things into account, it seems possible that Ubisoft is gearing up for a Skull and Bones announcement. A November release date, or should we say November-arrr, doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility either. If this isn't a month where you can really lean into the "arrr" sound, then really, what's the point?