Ubisoft's open-seas pirate combat will be sitting on the sidelines for the time being, as the company has announced it has been delayed out past the 2019 fiscal year and won't be a part of this year's E3 presence.
In a press release, Ubisoft teased upcoming game announcements before dropping the news about the delay: "The release of Skull & Bones has been postponed to after 2019-20." In a tweet from the Skull & Bones account, the team says that their "focus remains on quality first."
We’re going to batten down the hatches and push back on the game’s arrival—this is a challenging news for us all, but it’s what’s needed to make Skull & Bones as awesome as it can be! Our focus remains on quality first and we’re grateful for your undying support pic.twitter.com/ZCt85tY3TG— Skull & Bones (@skullnbonesgame) May 15, 2019
The ship combat game had already been delayed once, from Fall 2018 to sometime between 2019 and 2020. This seems to push it even further back, potentially into 2021.
While we haven't seen a lot of the game since its reveal, our impressions from E3 2017 were mostly positive. It seems to pull out and expand on the ship-to-ship battles from games like Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag pretty well, adding more nuance and mechanical options to the seaborne carnage. Now, it looks like we'll have to wait a little bit longer to see if it can deliver those Black Flag thrills.