During a recent financial call at Ubisoft, the publisher revealed that its troubled pirate game Skull and Bones has a "very strong improved version" which has yet to be seen by the public.
After first being announced all the way back in 2017, Skull and Bones has gone on to be delayed six times. The most recent delay came back in January, when Ubisoft confirmed that Skull and Bones would no longer be releasing on the previously announced release date of March 9th. No new release date has been shared by the studio since, even though a statement from the game's Twitter account said that an announcement regarding a new release date would be made "very soon."
January 12, 2023
Although no media outlets have had the chance to go hands-on with Skull and Bones yet, there have been numerous playtests going on behind the scenes. Should rumors be believed, those playtests haven't been received very well. However, as reported by PCGamer, a Q&A section during Ubisoft's recent financial call addressed these concerns.
When asked about the projected sales of Skull and Bones, the investor questioning Ubisoft made an additional comment saying, "I'm asking because I've seen the reviews and they don't look particularly strong." One can only assume that the supposed "reviews" this investor is referring to are the ongoing playtests.
In response, Ubisoft's chief financial officer Frederick Duguet said, "We said in January, we've been very happy with the playtest that we've seen in early January, so we have a very strong improved version to show to players that they haven't seen yet." Duguet then went on to say that the improved version "is really what we are going to leverage in the next month to drive more momentum on the game."
No further comments regarding Skull and Bones were made during the financial call, which means there's also no news on a possible release date for Skull and Bones. However, Ubisoft did recently confirm that it would be attending the upcoming E3 expo set to take place this June, with the company's CEO saying it had "lots of things to show." Could we finally see a release date for Skull and Bones at E3 2023? Would it even matter anymore?
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