Ubisoft just can't seem to catch a break these days. After already delaying Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, the French publisher now has to push back its only major fall blockbuster, Skull and Bones, to next year.
Ubisoft didn't clarify the reason behind the delay, but it's surprising, to say the least. We'd gotten a chance to watch it showcased as part of the latest Forward showcase. It's believed that the game still isn't in a state where Ubisoft is satisfied with the output after the latest technical test, which ended on the 19th.
Here's what Ubisoft wrote in its official announcement:
Ahoy there, privateers. Our team is hard at work polishing and balancing the experience ahead of the worldwide launch. As a result, we’ve made the tough decision to move our release date to March 9, 2023. We’re very eager for you all to get your hands on Skull and Bones and dive in headfirst to the dangerous and exciting world of building your own pirate empire. To give you the best possible experience we’ve decided to take a little more time to make sure we can deliver exactly that.
For the most eager of you, we are also very happy to announce that we will hold an open beta of the game in the near future. We’ll share more news on how you can sign up to register soon, so keep your spyglass.
If it's any consolation, Ubisoft will hold an open beta for Skull and Bones soon.
Skull and Bones take inspiration from the naval combat of the Assassin's Creed games. The swashbuckling sim was first revealed at E3 2017 but has since been constantly delayed. Save for the release date reveal earlier this year, most assumed that Skull and Bones would never come out. It's believed that Ubisoft was thinking of canceling Skull and Bones but it had to launch the game due to the tax subsidies it received from the Singapore government.
At the moment, the only game that Ubisoft that's scheduled to come out later this year is Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope on October 20.
Fans are now hoping that Skull and Bones will set sail right before Assassin's Creed: Mirage.