Ahead of today's Ubisoft Forward showcase, the publisher/developer has provided an update on a game that's been missing in action for a few years now: Skull and Bones. The pirate adventure has been a no-show at Ubisoft's showcases for over a year now, and today we know a little bit more about what's going on with it.
Publishing a blog post earlier today, Ubisoft announced that Skull and Bones wouldn't be showing up at the Ubisoft Forward showcase, which takes place later today on September 10. Saying that production for the game is in "full swing with a new vision," Skull and Bones creative director Elizabeth Pellen goes on to say that they're working on "plans to present Skull and Bones sometime in the future."
Talking more specifically about why Skull and Bones has been MIA for so long, Pellen says that they "dreamt something bigger for Skull and Bones, and these ambitions naturally came with bigger challenges." Pellen also reveals that the game has very much become a collaborative effort between multiple Ubisoft studios, including Ubisoft Singapore, Berlin, Chengdu, Kiev, Paris, and the Philippines.
This appears to confirm a report from earlier this year. In July, a report claimed that Ubisoft had internally rebooted Skull and Bones, changing it to a "live" game with a focus on teamplay and collaboration between players. Pellen's comments certainly seem to point to the game taking a new direction.
It's been a long road for Skull and Bones, and it's still rolling on. After first being revealed all the way back at E3 2017 with the announcement trailer just below, Skull and Bones was originally slated to launch in 2018, before being indefinitely delayed with very little information from Ubisoft for well over a year now.
Skull and Bones won't be present at Ubisoft's Forward showcase later today, but it's hoped that the company will acknowledge reports of company-wide misconduct and abuse, something that it failed to do in July's Forward showcase. Ubisoft has promised to show "commitments to improving the culture" in today's showcase, so expectations have been set for a public statement of some sorts.