(UPDATE: Looks like the video was taken down. Ubisoft did tell Polygon that the footage was legit, but that it represented an older build of the game, not the current feature set or gameplay.)
A leaked Skull & Bones video has been circulating the internet today, showcasing around six minutes of the upcoming multiplayer pirate game from Ubisoft Singapore. As reported by VGC, we also learned about the Infamy system that players can raise to "craft bigger and stronger ships with unique playstyles."
Within a world inspired by the Indian Ocean during the height of piracy, Skull & Bones is planning to be a "multiplayer first" title where players can compete against each other in ship battles. We see much of that in the leaked video, which glosses over the gist of what your pirating adventure entails. From explosive ship battles to discovering booty on a foreign island, there seems to be a lot to do and master in Skull & Bones.
One thing players have to get familiar with right away is increasing their Infamy to "[take] on contracts" with NPCs across the world and improve their arsenal. If you're playing with friends, Infamy points can be "shared and completed" with up to three companions, which builds from exploring, plundering/treasure hunts, and participating in world events.
While Skull & Bones has been in development for years, CFO Frédérick Duguet did provide an update back in 2020 that seems to stand true with the vision of the game from the video:
“It’s a very promising new IP focusing on multiplayer first, so very consistent with our strategy to bring multiplayer competition and co-op first in a big open world, with a great, attractive fantasy...we’re very happy with the artistic direction and the progress of the game so far.”
If you've been on the fence about Skull & Bones, does this leaked video change your mind about the project? Let us know in the comments!
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