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Skull and Bones leak: Ships, customisation, map size and more

Published: 15:43, 15 September 2021
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Industry insider Tom Henderson has revealed a ton of details about Ubisoft's forgotten pirate action game Skulls and Bones, which, according to his info, is not near completion just yet.

Ubisoft's swashbuckling action title Skull and Bones has been in development hell for many many years and to be completely honest, we would not be surprised if, at this point, Ubisoft just give up and completely cancel it. 

The last time we've heard of the game was at the publisher's investor call in 2020 when they confirmed that Skull and Bones is still in development but has been once again delayed. 

And while the official info about the game is pretty scarce, industry insider Tom Henderson has managed to get some exclusive info regarding the gameplay, open-world and overall game systems. Here's a short breakdown of the most important bits that Henderson revealed via his Twitter.

Ship and upgrades

  • Five tiers of ships (small, medium, large etc.) and are categorized as Cargo, Combat, and Exploration. 
  • Unlock ships by buying blueprints.
  • Resources needed to build ships - wood, metal and fibre.
  • Smaller ships can reach tighter areas and use rivers. 
  • Ships have a pre-determined amount of cannons, but other weaponry can be added/upgraded to put on your ship. 
    • Cannons, Ballistas, Flame Throwers, Mortars and more can be attached to your ship.
  • You can upgrade your ship at any time, granted you have the money to do so. 
  • You can add extra armour, adding smelteries, storage boxes to carry more inventory. 
  • Customisation options include sails, wheels and shanties. 

Ubisoft skull and bones screenshot showing ships sailing around the islands Skull and Bones

Open World

  • Set in the Indian Ocean with the fictional pirate haven being based on Madagascar. The "Coast of Azania" (Mozambique) is a location on the map. 
  • The middle of the map is a big open sea and it can take some "good afk time" to sail across.
  • You start the game as a nobody, building a raft and then eventually a small fishing boat, where you can then explore the open sea. 
  • You collect quests, increase your pirate rep and collect resources to get your first pirate ship. 
  • Progress by earning money via doing jobs, raiding other ships, plundering settlements, raiding fortresses, and doing cargo runs.

He concludes that the game is not near completion but it's at a decent spot at the moment. 

As always with rumours and leaks, take this with a dose of scepticism, until Ubisoft officially announce the details.

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