Update 06/27/22: Skull & Bones appears to be inching closer to a release date announcement following an official rating in the United States.
As spotted by Eurogamer, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rated Ubisoft’s open world pirate game as M for Mature, saying it includes blood, strong language, suggestive themes, use of drugs, and violence.
Games are usually only presented to ratings boards (like the ESRB and PEGI) once they’re in a complete or near-complete state so that an accurate assessment of suitability can be given, meaning Skull & Bones may almost be ready to be released.
Interestingly, the website only lists Skull & Bones for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC, and Stadia, excluding last generation consoles. While the game was originally only announced for PS4 and Xbox One, a long and turbulent development period has pushed Skull and Bones well into the next generation of consoles, meaning we’ll just need to wait for official word from Ubisoft before its platforms are confirmed.
Original Story: Ubisoft’s Skull & Bones could finally see release, after a rating for the PC version of the game has found in South Korea.
According to South Korea’s Game Management Committee (via VGC), the rating was filed on May 12 and it appears to indicate a game that will fall under a Mature rating. A rating is usually given to a game that is complete or nearing completion, meaning the long-delayed game could finally be on the way.
The game seemingly includes drug use and contains people drinking alcohol, and smoking. The rating also mentions that the game is an open-world set in the Indian Ocean during a golden age of pirates.
Skull & Bones has had a turbulent development. It was first announced at E3 2017 with a 2018 release window. Since then, the game has repeatedly been delayed, amid reports of difficulties in making it. Back in 2020, Ubisoft reportedly rebooted Skull & Bones to follow a live game model, and it apparently only still exists because of a deal with the Singapore government in which Ubisoft must launch original games in return for subsidy payments.
However, the game looks like it has been ready for public testing, and gameplay leaked last month.
Skull & Bones isn’t the only game that Ubisoft has stuck in development. The Prince of Persia remake has been delayed multiple times and has only recently seen a new update, where Ubisoft Montreal is now taking over development.
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