An impressive sixth delay has been announced for the pirate-themed video game, Skull and Bones, bringing disappointment to eagerly waiting fans. This delay appears to set a new record as the game developers, Ubisoft, now aim for an early but vague 2024 release.
The latest information came as Ubisoft published its financial reports which, apart from the delay, also hinted at a postponement of another high-profile game. Speculation suggests this might be the Star Wars Outlaws, although this has not been officially confirmed.
Originally announced back in 2017, Skull and Bones piqued the interest of many video game enthusiasts due to its novel concept: multiplayer pirate escapades drawing on elements from the highly successful Assassin's Creed: Black Flag. The years of alterations and delays that have since followed have created an air of uncertainty over the final product. It raises questions regarding whether this pirate saga would be able to impress the gaming world whenever it manages to finally set sail.
During the span of Skull and Bones’ development, other games with similar themes have been introduced to the market. Notably, Sea of Thieves has managed to cater to the appetite of gamers seeking pirate-based gameplay, although with a decidedly more whimsical approach, which adds another layer of doubt on the potential success of Skull and Bones.
In this context, it is difficult to predict how many fans remain truly excited about the release of Skull and Bones. The constant shifting of the game’s launch date has likely taken a toll on anticipation levels.
Ubisoft's tribulations with the game have been well documented, with its previous assurances of an imminent release now seeming quite uncertain. The company previously suggested a release within the next 10 months, alongside another tentatively scheduled game, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. However, that declaration appears optimistic, considering the announcement of a new delay.
The question on many fans' minds now is whether the set release window in 2024 can indeed be trusted, or whether more delays are inevitable. Despite the string of disappointments, many are placing their hopes on 2024 to finally be the year when they can embark on this long-awaited pirate adventure.
Amid the uncertainty, gamers are eagerly following news and updates from Ubisoft, waiting to hear more about when they can finally explore the high seas in their own pirate adventure. Indeed, we are all hoping that by early 2024, the pirate adventure Skull and Bones will finally be ready to leave the harbor after a long, and hopefully beneficial, delay.
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