Skull bones sails into rough water again. In an earnings report today Ubisoft revealed
“Skull bones will now be released in 2022-23, ”Ubisoft wrote in its report. This is the fourth delay for the swashbuckling pirate game there was originally announced at E3 2017 with a release for 2018. As that date approached, Ubisoft delayed it to 2019, 2020 and 2021-2022.
Yis Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, said this on a call for earnings today Several studios supported the development of the game through Ubisoft Singapore. Both Guillemot and CFO Frederick Duguet were optimistic Skull bones‘new release window.
“Production led by [Ubisoft] Singapore has made good progress over the past 12 months and the promise is better than ever, ”Duguet said during the call. “The extra time will allow the team to fully realize their vision.”
In September 2020 Elisabeth Pellen, Creative Director for Skull bones, wrote that the delays are due to “a new vision” for the game. In November 2020 Kotaku learned that Ubisoft had been Singapore’s managing director Hugues Ricour away from its position after a “Leadership Audit” during the Corporate accounting with issues of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct.
Skull bones started with a simple premise: people loved ship fighting in Assassin’s Creed III. As Ubisoft, the naval warfare mechanics (which has since become a staple of the franchise) for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black FlagThe players absolutely loved it. Many of them kept asking Ubisoft to play a straight-through pirate game without all of the lavish global conspiracies and a secret shadow war over the fate of humanity.
Many fans are hopeful Skull bones will deliver on this assumption, but it was far from an easy way to get there.