Savage to a New Degree with the Skull & Bones Game
The Skull & Bones Game was already shown off at last year’s E3, and people loved it. This year though, people got to see more of it, and boy did they love it even more! Having a playable demo during the E3 event, Ubisoft has unveiled the brand new look of Skull & Bones with a bold new cinematic trailer to boot.
Since the initial trailer showing by Ubisoft and the release of a beta access to their website, the gaming community has had high hopes about what this sea exploration sandbox game could be. To be released in 2019 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, Skull & Bones promises to be one swashbuckling game filled to the brim with action, adventure, and booty galore. Join us as we dive deep into speculations about what could become of Skull & Bones and its core gameplay!
It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me
You are an insatiable, upstart pirate captain who refused the King’s pardon. Having nothing to lose, you sailed from the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean in hopes of finding exotic and untamed frontiers full of lavish riches. Inspired by the naval battles in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Ubisoft is putting a lot of development resources into Skull & Bones. But while Black Flag took place in the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy, Skull & Bones takes place in the Indian Ocean during piracy’s twilight years.
It’s readily apparent that Skull & Bones nails the pirate aesthetic and tone. Offering perhaps one of the best immersive experiences complete with masterfully-rendered voice over acting and the sounds of the ocean, the game makes you feel as if you’re really on a pirate ship. The simulated water looks gorgeous as it crashes against your ship, complete with reflections bouncing off the sunlight on the undulating waves. Simply put, the graphics on Skull & Bones are stunning, paired together with exemplary background sounds and well put voice over acting, even hardcore Sea of Thieves fans are probably rejoicing right about now just ready to jump ship.
It made perfect sense that Ubisoft would unveil a game like Skull & Bones during its E3 2017. The reason is that when Assassin’s Creed 3 first introduced shipbound naval combat to the series back in 2012, some said it was the best part of an otherwise lackluster game. Subsequently, when Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag introduced a pirate as its protagonist and made seafaring gameplay its focus, few were positively surprised.
The game is based on the naval battles of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag which, quite frankly, is pretty good in itself but sadly isn’t the core gameplay of Black Flag. So for players looking to get some Vitamin Sea that’s just as good as what AC: Black Flag has brought to the table, this is the ideal game to play. The game focuses heavily on naval warfare and being a pirate in general. It’s a tactical game wherein players can unleash their dastardly strategies. Of course, it’s inevitable that we tackle just how well it stacks up against the 2018 Xbox pirate game Sea of Thieves. The difference between the both of them is that Sea of Thieves tends to focus on multiple players operating each ship as a hopefully-coordinated crew, as opposed to Skull & Bones’ focus on one player per ship. Then there’s also the glaring difference in terms of realism and graphics dynamism. While Sea of Thieves takes the cartoonish approach, Skull & Bones goes the hyper-realism route—and it does so impeccably.
Ready to Set Sail
Skull & Bones will place heavy emphasis on ship customization. Players unlock starter ships which they can subsequently upgrade with better gear. Eventually, players can add other ships to choose from. These ships will have primary and secondary weapons as well as unique abilities like a “war cry” that weakens nearby enemy ships when triggered. Presumably, these customizations will most probably include cosmetic options too.
You can expect both single and multiplayer components. This means you will be able to live the lonely sailor’s life or battle it out with your friends in the unending quest for naval supremacy. The single-player campaign will see the player sail the Indian Ocean, while the multiplayer option will allow the player to befriend up to five players in heavily disputed waters. You’ll also be playing from a third-person perspective as you take control of a customizable pirate captain.
Furthermore, Skull & Bones is a tactical game where you will be defeating rivals to gain experience that can be used to further upgrade your ship. Conquering the ocean will not be easy, as in this game you need to take into account wind direction and other pirate ships which can charge into and board yours. In addition to that, you can take control of other pirate ships throughout the game with better and heavier weaponry as well! There is also an additional feature of the game in the multiplayer mode called Loot Hunt, where two groups of players can embark on a treasure hunt to get even richer.
All Hands on Deck for Skull & Bones
Skull & Bones will, of course, need more game modes and more ships to anchor players for an extended period of time. It’s not a bad thing for Ubisoft to try something a little different with its pirate game. What they have now is pretty solid and interesting game. What it may lack in terms of features, it’ll need to make up for with a plethora of interesting things to do. Since the game is set to release around 2019, they still have a lot of time to tinker around the game and improve it. From what we’ve seen so far, it looks as if the horizon has nothing but smooth sailing for when it finally gets released. The teasers they gave during this year’s E3 were enough to hook us indeed.
Hopefully, Skull & Bones will deliver on the hype it generated once it has been fully released.
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