Skull and Bones gameplay showcases ship management, exploration & crafting

During a special reveal, Ubisoft showed us a wealth of gameplay for Skull and Bones, showing off various aspects of the game.

Image via Ubisoft

After years of waiting, Ubisoft put a new spotlight on Skull and Bones, showing off a wealth of details about the upcoming pirate adventure game. The presentation shared quite a few details and, most notably, a lot of gameplay. We got a good look at ship and crew management, exploration, crafting, and multiplayer combat, just to name a few features shown during the overall showcase.

The Skull and Bones gameplay reveal presentation was shown in a special Ubisoft Forward on July 7, 2022. For the kickoff of the presentation, we were shown quite a bit of interactions, including how players will be able to build up their ship from a small sailboat to a massive warship. That includes assembling a band of misfits that will serve as various crewmates of your ship… as well as keeping them happy so they don’t mutiny, beat you up, and leave you up the creek without a paddle.

As you sail the Indian Ocean and the settlements therein, you'll be able to build up your ship to from a small sailboat to bristling warship full of raiders. [Image via Ubisoft]
As you sail the Indian Ocean and the settlements therein, you'll be able to build up your ship to from a small sailboat to bristling warship full of raiders. [Image via Ubisoft]

We also got a look at quite a few other elements of the game, such as interacting with Pirate Dens, trading various NPCs for parts, resources, and other things for your ship. You’ll be able to use various trading and crafting to build up your ship into a formidable force on the sea. Finally, we got a look at multiplayer battles in the game which were… something. Though you can play Skull and Bones solo, multiplayer will play a big role in it. It looks as though you command your ship and crew and battle it out against other players and their ships and crews in a zone of naval combat. Cannon fire, ramming, boarding, and plundering were shown, though it doesn’t look like you handle much directly in this regard at the moment.

Skull and Bones’ release date was set for November 2022, but we’re still likely to see more leading up to its release. Stay tuned for more details as they become available coming up on the game’s launch.

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      July 7, 2022 12:34 PM

      Looks very Ubisoft and overall just average across the board to me.

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        July 7, 2022 2:52 PM

        I was hoping they would have boarding up the hull like sea of thieves and where you can stay afloat if your crew is good enough at bailing. also lol at only a 3 man group.

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      July 7, 2022 4:08 PM

      Even the UI kind of looks Sea of Thievesish.

      I love me some Sea of Thieves but it's a bear to play without a group with you. If they can give me that experience but with feasible solo play I'm in.

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        July 8, 2022 5:46 AM

        Really wish they had PvE servers, as I would love to play with my son.

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      July 7, 2022 4:56 PM

      How you could play Sea of Thieves with those visuals like the water and then try to play beyond me. I have a hard time seeing people jump on this.

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        July 7, 2022 4:59 PM

        Yeah the visual style of the world kind of makes me sad.

        … but like I want to be a pirate. And I don't want to have to depend on a group of other people to make that happen :(

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      July 7, 2022 5:05 PM

      Can we just have some really good open world exploration games where other online players don't have to be involved? And without everything being highlighted or having a prompt over it? Maybe I'm not the demographic, but like I want games with limited UI and full single player. I think that's why skyrim was so great, not a lot of shit in your face, it let you do you. That's what I want. That being said, Wolfenstein from 2014 was free on epic games recently and apparently I've never played it, or don't remember playing, but started tonight and it's great. Barely tells you where to go or what you do and lots of Nazis to kill, it's awesome.

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      July 7, 2022 7:49 PM

      1 person per boat... sadge :(

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      July 7, 2022 8:37 PM

      They lost me at the game as a service. Man I really hate seasons and passes and currency and etc. I just want a complete game that I enjoy from beginning to end.

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        July 8, 2022 5:45 AM

        Same. It looks like the ship combat might be a fun expanded version of Black Flag, but with just endless grind to get anywhere.

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