(UPDATE: Looks like the video has been taken down!)
A leaked Skull & Bones video has been circulating the internet today, showcasing around six minutes of Ubisoft Singapore’s upcoming multiplayer pirate game. As VGC reported, we also discovered the Infamy system that players can augment to “build bigger, more powerful ships with unique playstyles.”
Set in a world inspired by the Indian Ocean at the height of piracy, Skull & Bones plans to be a “multiplayer first” title where players can face off in naval battles. We see much of it in the leaked video, which glosses over much of what your hacking adventure entails. From explosive ship battles to finding loot on a foreign island, there seems to be plenty to do and master in Skull & Bones.
One thing players should become familiar with right away is raising their infamy to “[take] on contracts” with NPCs around the world and upgrade their arsenal. If you play with friends, infamy points can be “shared and completed” with up to three companions, which builds from the exploration, looting/treasure hunting, and participating in world events.
While Skull & Bones has been in development for years, CFO Frédérick Duguet provided an update in 2020 that seems to match the game’s vision for the video:
“This is a very promising new IP that focuses on multiplayer first, so very consistent with our strategy to bring multiplayer competition and co-op first in a large open world, with great engaging fantasy… we are very pleased with the artistic direction and progress of the game so far.
If you’ve been undecided about Skull & Bones, does this leaked video change your mind about the project? Let us know in the comments!
Anthony Jones, news editor
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