Ubisoft’s big pirate game stuck in Dev Hell is delayed again

The Skull and Bones artwork depicts a pirate ship heading towards the sunset.

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Ubisoft is facing another huge delay. Earlier this year it was Avatar: The Limits of Pandora. Now is Skull and bones, Assassin’s Creed the publisher’s only big autumn hit. Previously, they were supposed to be released in November, now two sources familiar with the game’s development say my box his he was delayed again. Ubisoft confirmed this shortly after publication, announcing a new release date for March 9, 2023.

The reason for the last delay is not entirely clear, but it comes less than a month after the game was released on Ubisoft Forward. great presentation of the company’s games in 2022. my box gets it Skull and bonesThe last technical test ended on September 19. According to one source involved, the gameplay was more polished than in previous tests, but the overall player progress still felt shallow. It was also an issue that was shared by many of the sources involved in the development of the game.

Here’s what Ubisoft wrote in its official announcement on Wednesday:

Ahoy, corsairs. Our team is working hard to refine and balance the experience ahead of its world premiere. As a result, we made the difficult decision to postpone the release date to March 9, 2023. We can’t wait for you all to get the Skull and Bones and delve into 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 extra time to make sure we are able to deliver exactly that.

We are pleased to inform you that the open beta of the game will be held in the near future. We will share more information on how to sign up to sign up soon, so train your spy glasses on our social media for more news and announcements.

Read more: The best and worst parts of each Assassin’s Creed Game

Originally announced in 2017 as multiplayer session based combat ship, Skull and bones disappeared after 2018 and was then delayed several times as the game was rebooted and redesigned to focus more on the creation and elements of game-style survival sims such as Rust. When Skull and bones was officially re-disclosed earlier this yearfootage focusing on players completing missions to increase your reputation, unlock new crafting plans, and then gather the materials needed to build things.

There was a lack of any land combat or a clear sense of the game’s history. The graphics were also not as impressive as some had expected, especially for Ubisoft’s first release for $ 70 and a game that ditches PS4 and Xbox One. According to one former developer, part of the problem is the need to keep the game in the oceaninstantly recharges, leaving fewer resources for higher fidelity cutscenes and other visual embellishments.

How my box reported in 2021, Skull and bones grew out of the na Assassin’s Creed Black IV: Flag Expansion. However, Ubisoft Singapore, which was entrusted with leading the project, had never built a game on this scale before and had difficulty fine-tuning a clear and workable scope. Development problems were seemingly compounded by political disputes between team leaders, conflicting guidelines from Ubisoft headquarters, and the toxic studio leader. Some of the staff there also claimed? sexual harassment cases that were not addressed by management and unequal wages between French expatriates and local developers.

While Ubisoft finally installed the new studio director and shuffled the old one back to his office in Parisand declared a much better work culture, Skull and bones still struggling. Some current and former Ubisoft developers have speculated that the game would have been canceled long ago had it not been for hundreds of millions spent and a deal with the Singapore government to ultimately ship the game in return for generous tax surcharges.

Ubisoft is also long overdue for a major release. If Skull and bones Falling out of the already anemic year, the publishers will remain Just Dance 2022 and Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope as the only major Christmas editions. To help fill the gap, Ubisoft was hoping to release Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Assassin’s Creed Walhalla The expansion turned into a standalone game, but that was delayed as well. Currently, the only Ubisoft game with a specific release date in 2023. is Brave Hearts 2.

Ubisoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Update: 9/22/22 12:09 PM EST: Official Ubisoft press release announcing the delay has been added.

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