In the wake of Sea of Thieves' relative success, Ubisoft showed off their own pirate-y game at their press conference. And based on what was shown, Rare will be facing some formidable competition soon.
Ubisoft Singapore creative director Justin Farren was on hand to show Skull and Bones for the first time at E3, demonstrating an online shared world in which your goal is to rob the rich trade routes of the Indian Ocean. It will include trade routes, factions, and weather, with a fortune teller telling you whether or not the weather is clear.
After a brief introduction, Ubisoft showed the gameplay in detail. Here it is:
The gameplay shown during the event had everything you would expect from this sort of game: You set your weapons and crew before a mission, then set sail to hunt for treasure. Other players can either ally with you and split the winnings, or try and steal it all for themselves. And when you're finished, there will be treasure chests of varying rarity.
skull and Bones was initially announced at E3 2017, but this is the first time we're really seeing it. As Mike said in our Slack chat during the press conference, it's basically a team shooter with boats. Despite the similarities, it looks to have different flavor from the more comical Sea of Thieves, where you recruit friends to be your crew.
In any case, it will be releasing in 2019, and you will have the chance to sign up to play early for the beta. In the meantime, Ubisoft's E3 press conference is ongoing. Stay tuned for our recap!