Ubisoft delays release of Skull & Bones to 2022-2023

Skull And Bones Figurehead
Skull And Bones Figurehead (Image credit: Ubisoft)

What you need to know

  • Skull & Bones was first announced at Ubisoft's E3 2017 showcase.
  • The game is based on the ship battles of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.
  • Ubisoft announced that the release has been delayed to 2022 or 2023.

After announcing during its Q4 2020 financial report that the pirate ship battling game Skull & Bones wouldn't be released before March 2021, Ubisoft revealed during its 2020-2021 full year earnings report that the launch would be bumped to 2022 or 2023.

Ubisoft will still have a solid release schedule for the rest of 2021, launching Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Quarantine, Riders Republic, The Division Heartland, and Roller Champions. The publisher is predicting an increase in earnings due to the stronger release slate compared to last year, even though interest in video games may decrease overall as COVID-19 lockdowns end. Players of Ubisoft games on PC and consoles are at an all time high, increasing 20% during the fiscal year to 141 million.

Ubisoft also provided updates on the status of some of its existing titles. The release of Assassin's Creed Valhalla contributed to a 50% increase in the franchise's annual revenue, breaking the record set when Assassin's Creed III was released in 2012. Rainbow Six experienced double-digit growth in his player count and record esports viewership and Ubisoft is expecting the audience to expand even further with the release of Rainbow Six Quarantine.

Samantha Nelson