Video Game Piracy – Skull & Bones

Before we look at Skull & Bones, let me tell you why I love Pirate games.

There’s always been a fascination there for me with Pirate-themed games. The first video game I remember playing as a kid was one my dad was also obsessed with on the Commodore 64 called “Pirates” and if I’m honest, no other game has come close to it. It was the perfect mix of action and strategy and we would play for hours on end.

Many years and games later “Black Flag” (2013) became the next best thing to that original Pirates game and really reinvented the franchise for Assassins Creed at the same time. Sometime later again (2018) “Sea of Thieves” brought the world of cutthroats to multiplayer audiences keeping the fandom alive and creating new and exciting ways to play.

About Skull & Bones

Now we are set to enjoy a new journey into this captivating world as Ubisoft announced that a new Pirate game that had been in development for some time called Skull and BonesTM will finally get a release on November 8, 2022.

The open-world pirate multiplayer game with survival elements will be available with cross-play and cross-progression on PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X | S, Stadia as well as Windows PC through the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store. Players can also subscribe to Ubisoft+ on PC and it’s looking more and more like that it will capture the fun and excitement I enjoyed back on the C64.

Developed by Ubisoft Singapore in collaboration with other Ubisoft studios, Skull and BonesTM will invite players to chart their own destiny and rise from an outcast to becoming a pirate kingpin.

To do so, they will need to build their Infamy through thrilling naval combat and rewarding expeditions in a treacherous world. 

Inspired by the legendary tales around piracy, players will get to experience authentic pirate life. From accepting contracts, and gathering resources, to navigating important trade routes and attacking wealthy merchant ships, each decision will influence their journey, with varying levels of risk and reward.  

As they grow their Infamy, players will be able to fully craft and customize their naval fleet and unlock a variety of new items throughout the game. 

The game is inspired by one of the deadliest periods in history – the end of the 17th century. Considered to be the second Golden Age of Piracy, it sets the stage for a chaotic and ruthless era of pirates, warring factions, powerful organizations and empires all vying for power in the untamed paradise of the Indian Ocean.  

Each journey in the Skull and Bones universe will be unique.  Players can expand their empire by joining forces with up to 2 other friends or players they encounter out at sea. For an additional challenge, they can enable PVP and test their iron against aspiring kingpins, powerful organizations, local factions, or even rival pirates. 

Building on an ambitious, multi-year post-launch plan, the game will be regularly updated with new content, activities, stories and challenges that will be free for all players. 

Skull and Bones will be available on November 8, 2022, in two editions, Standard and Premium, on PS5, Xbox X|S, and Windows PC through the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store, Stadia and Amazon Luna.

The Premium Edition will include “The Ballad of Bloody Bones Collection”, including a range of cosmetics items for both Captain and Ships, and additional digital content, including two extra missions, a digital Art Book and Soundtrack as well as a “Smuggler Pass” Token. 

Fans who pre-order Skull and Bones will get access to the “Highness of the High Sea Pack” which includes the “Notoriety Garb Captain Outfit” and “Coronation Firework”

I’m looking forward to jumping into this world and comparing it to the days of old on the Commodore 64. Will this be the Pirate game I’ve been looking for?

by Doccy Darko

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