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Skull and Bones: A Swashbuckling Saga Years in the Making

Ahoy, matey! Gather round and listen to the epic tale of Skull and Bones, a game that has sailed through the treacherous seas of development for what ...

Gina Vivinetto Jan 31, 2024
Skull and Bones: A Swashbuckling Saga Years in the Making

Ahoy, matey! Gather round and listen to the epic tale of Skull and Bones, a game that has sailed through the treacherous seas of development for what feels like an eternity. It's been a wild ride, full of twists and turns, delays and setbacks, but fear not, for the game is finally ready to set sail next month! However, this adventure hasn't come without its fair share of plundered doubloons, as the production costs have reportedly skyrocketed.

Legend has it that Skull and Bones first appeared on the horizon back in 2013 as a mere multiplayer expansion for Assassin's Creed: Black Flag. Little did we know that it would grow into a grand standalone adventure. But alas, the development waters proved to be choppy, with delays and confusion sending the ship off course. One former developer even claimed that things fell apart because "Nobody knew what the f*** they were doing." Yikes!

According to the whispers in the tavern, the development costs for Skull and Bones reached an eye-watering $120 million a couple of years ago. And that's not all! Insider Gaming reports that in just three years, Ubisoft spent an additional $80 million on the game. That's enough booty to make any pirate's eyes widen with envy!

Rumors have been swirling among the crew that Ubisoft doesn't expect to make a profit from Skull and Bones. They blame the troubled development on "power-hungry managers" and a constant change in direction. It seems like the game is only still afloat due to a deal with the Singapore government. Ah, the winds of fate can be both fickle and mysterious!

The journey of Skull and Bones has been anything but smooth sailing. It has weathered six delays since its grand reveal at E3 2017. Legend has it that the game shown back then barely existed, yet it was slated for release in 2018. But fear not, the developers set their course for a new destination—a pirate-filled online survival adventure. Avast! The game was delayed once again, this time to the fiscal year of 2019/2020. More was shown off at E3 2018, but alas, those versions were scrapped, leading to even more delays. The crew decided to skip E3 2019 and aimed for a launch on the shiny new PS5 and Xbox Series X/S in 2022. But as the seas grew stormy, they had to delay once more, setting their sights on March 9, 2023. Alas, that date came and went like a ghost ship in the night.

Now, my fellow adventurers, if the tides are in our favor, Skull and Bones will finally grace us with its presence next month. Can you believe it? Over a decade of development and a reported total cost of around $200 million! It's a saga worthy of a pirate's shanty, a tale that will be sung in taverns for years to come.

So, ready your cutlasses, polish your tricorn hats, and prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through the treacherous waters of Skull and Bones. May the winds be at your back and the loot plentiful as you navigate the perilous seas in search of adventure, glory, and the ultimate pirate's tale!

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