Skull and Bones
As Sea of Thieves was all about the life of being a Pirate. Skull and Bones from Ubisoft is about the life being a Pirate Captain of the seas. Skull and Bones is being developed by Ubisoft Singapore and is slated for 3rd/4th Quarter of this year. Skull and Bones is a tactical action game set in an open world environment and played from a third-person perspective. There is not much information regarding the game currently. Hopefully, in the coming months, Ubisoft Singapore will start to reveal more of the core game and it’s mysterious single player campaign.
I am the sea.
Players will be taking on the role of a Pirate Captain, which will be fully customisable and will be given the choice to sail the Indian Ocean by themselves or set off into the single-player campaign, if those choices are not enough then you can find five players to team-up with or engage against them in Disputed Waters.
Wind positioning is everything in Skull and Bones that can be used to gain the upper-hand in combat. Players can collect additional ships throughout the game, such as sloops-of-war, frigates and brigantines. You can charge into on-coming ships and board it. The damage you take is indicated by a health bar as you take damage in your engagements. The main aspect of the multiplayer is the mode called Loot Hunt, where two groups of players are challenged in hunting for treasure with the fastest team gaining the most riches. Each ship’s crow’s nest is scalable for use as a lookout point, and the use of spyglasses can be availed of as well. Microtransactions will be an added feature but at this point, no details were revealed on what that may be from Ubisoft.
Why is the rum always gone!
Skull and Bones’s 5-v-5 naval combat will be one of it’s defining multiplayer features. The main controls for moving your vessel is quite similar to Black Flag’s – one button to hoist and trim your sails, that will let you gain more wind power and move with speed through the sea. Use the wind for a quick speed boost and use another button to slow the ship down, trying to avoid heading down to Davy Jones’s Locker.
Camera controls determine which of your ship’s arsenal you will want to use, launching the chase cannons in front of you when you’re in hot pursuit of enemy vessels, or move the camera to the left or right to launch your port and starboard broadside barrages as you pass by ships.
Loot Hunt is one of the PvP modes, which requires your tactical mind of a Pirate Captain focused as it is more involved than plundering merchant trade ships. You begin by choosing your class of ship which in the demo that was showcased at last year’s E3, there were three available which were the mid-size Brigantine, that has a large ram on its bow, the Sloop-of-War which is the lightweight out of the three ships and finally the massive Frigate, which it’s hull was armour-plated and held an array of powerful broadside cannons.
The Dutchman must have a Captain.
In the demo showed off a lightweight Sloop, as it was attacking a bunch of merchant ships while his teammate quickly went in to collect their spoils of war. While they were plundering their loot the enemy team of players were in the range of their guns. Which caused the team to split apart to avoid the barrage coming their way. The team managed to take down the enemy team one by one looting them as they go. There are much more complex tactics involved for the player to learn and experiment that could be put to use by more experienced crews.
Another mode in Skulls and Bones is Skirmish mode, the main goal is to be the team with the most loot by the time a fleet of Pirate Hunters arrive in the battle, which requires for you to make a hasty retreat.
The demo that was shown was only one component of a much larger game. With its Quasi-RPG experience which features PvE encounters that you take on solo or with friends, as well as a social component that has yet to be revealed what that is. Keep in mind Skull and Bones is focused on ship-to-ship warfare, as well as capturing ships, purchased, or built so you won’t be stepping off your Pirate ship unlike Sea of Thieves’ offering.