Skull & Bones test footage appears online
UPDATE 4pm UK: Ubisoft today acknowledged the leaked Skull and Bones test footage and told fans to keep an eye on the horizon for official news.
A short snippet of footage from the game was posted by Ubisoft on Twitter this afternoon, hours after the leaked footage began circulating. More on all of this below.
ORIGINAL STORY 2:30 p.m. United Kingdom:Images of the unreleased pirate game from Ubisoft Skull & Bones have leaked.
Taken from the alpha test, a four-minute video tutorial was uploaded to reddit showing a detailed gameplay overview.
The game has been in development for a long time and has suffered significant delays. So this leaked footage offers another chance to see what it’s all about after it was last shown at E3 2018.
“You will begin your journey as an underdog whose goal is to become the most infamous pirate to sail these waters,” the video explains.
This means increasing your infamy – essentially your experience – by completing contracts, exploring, looting, and performing treasure hunts. The higher your infamy, the more opportunities you have.
Before boarding, you will need to supply your ship with rations and cargo from nearby ports, as well as customize your character. As your infamy increases, you will be able to craft bigger and more powerful ships with a unique playstyle.
Ship battles seem to be a core part of the game, with the ability to board enemy ships offering greater rewards. However, crew morale depletes over time, especially when defeated, and they will mutiny if morale is not restored (through food and drink, naturally).
There’s also a Souls-esque element to it with its persistent online multiplayer, pirate players that can turn against you, and the ability to pick up lost cargo upon defeat (unless other players steal it). .
There’s also crafting, which is very Far Cry when you’re skinning animals and harvesting raw materials.
There’s still no release date for Skull & Bones, and it’s unclear exactly why the game has been so heavily delayed.
Still, the waves look nice.
Check out the footage for yourself on reddit.