E3 2017: Ubisoft announces Skull and Bones, a multiplayer pirate sandbox

Sea of Thieves, you have a new challenger in the realm of MMOsy pirate games: Ubisoft just announced Skull and Bones at E3. The game looks gorgeous and boasts a “shared open world” that reacts to players, seeming character customization (“choose your captain, recruit your crew, and build deadly ships”), PvP in the “disputed waters,” and fun piratey fluff like spyglasses and realistic wind navigation.

“It is the Golden Age of Piracy. Renegade captains command the most powerful weapons on Earth: warships. You are a pirate captain who has refused the king’s pardon and sailed from the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean, an untamed frontier full of lavish riches. However, these waters are also a battleground where far-reaching colonial empires, powerful trading corporations, and ruthless pirate gangs clash. In order to survive, you will have to build a lethal fleet, prey upon lucrative trade routes, and ally with other pirates in your endless struggle for supremacy.”

“We’re not making Black Flag 2.0,” Ubisoft says in the new trailer. “We’re making our own game. But we really went to school on what we’ve done in the past.” Check out the videos for the whole overview.

Source: Press release, official site
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Brother Maynard

Renegade captains command the most powerful weapons on Earth: warships.

Oh, you poor deluded Ubisoft PR department. Listen to Mr Einstein, it will do you a lot of good.

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Sargon

I expect Sea of Thieves will blow this game out of the water… pun intended.

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Denice J. Cook

Does this entire game only comprise ship-to-ship battles, or am I missing something here? It’s going to take a whole lot more than that to make it an MMO of any sort, as others here have mentioned.

Sea of Thieves looks a bit cartooney and kiddish for my tastes, but these two games appear to share little in common except for their overarching pirate themes. I don’t see where there’s much of a comparison between the two, outside of their being complete contrasts of each other.

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rafael12104

Sandbox? Hmm. Not sure I see a sandbox. Not saying there wont’ be crafting elements, but sandbox denote something much more sophisticated than what I’ve seen from the coverage. However, I may have missed something as I’m pouring over everything E3 at the moment.

I like what I’m seeing here thougth. Teamwork seems to be at a premium with each ship taking on different roles. Building a game around this type of sea combat seems like a no brainer to me.

Good job Ubi. Now, the execution, that is were the devil has been for you over the last few years.

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Steely Bob

World of Warships using AC Black Flag assets?

Not a competitor to Sea of Thieves methinks.

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Sally Bowls
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Jeff

This seems much more interesting than Sea of thieves honestly.

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Looks like you are stuck on the ship full time. There is no off ship component. No base, no islands that allow you to land on them. Doesn’t seem all that MMO and beyond its updated graphics its no more advanced than older Pirate titles. Also after reviewing the video, even the boarding component has been reduced to a simple cutscene. Ouch…

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Loopy

Good looking game. I’m excited to hear more about it. Also, competition is always good for the end user.

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Leontes

Just a little bit more of Naval Action in that mix and it would be my cup of tea…

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Nathaniel Downes

Another MMO? Ho Hum….

Wait, it’s not fantasy? It’s PIRATES?!?!?

AHOY!!!!!

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Crowe

I don’t think it’s a MMO. And did you see the part in the trailer where “something” pulls down a ship so suddenly? I think it’s too early to say that it’s not fantasy…

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c00lit

And it’s another sandbox!

I guess developers finally get that people are sick of shallow theme parks :)

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dixa

except for the fact that sandboxes are all forced pvp, and forced pvp games simply do not do as well financially as more co-op orientated themeparks.

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Jack Kerras

True fact. PvPers and hardcore players often think sandboxes are the tits, but they stopped doing that stuff with every game for a very, very good reason.

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I loved the ship combat in Black Flag. To best honest I would be delighted with an MMO version of that.

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NeoWolf

Visually it looks stunning, but I wondering what else is there to the game? is it just fleet vs fleet? What else is there to the game anything land based, colony building, trading, exploring, treasure maps etc..? a simple naval combat game seems a bit barely dipping the prospective toe into the pirate pool.

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Crowe

Agreed. From the videos, it looks like there is boarding but no hand-to-hand combat.

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johnwillo

Remember, ye lubbers, always keep the sharp end o’ the ship pointed where ye want to go!

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Lights and Music

Since it’s UbiSoft, you’re guaranteed that the actual game-play will appear exactly like, or very similar to, the footage shown at E3. They’ve got a great track record of delivering as promised!

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Zander

Take your thumbs up, damnit.

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Zander

Many months from now girls and boys, we will be moonlighting as part time pirates, wranglers and space travelers.

Wild West Online, Skull & Bones and Star Citizen it may be. That’s if these great looking fantasy games don’t pan out.

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Greaterdivinity

As long as there’s PvE, I’ll be happy. Actually looked pretty fun, kinda makes me want to go back and try Black Flag for the ship combat and stuff.

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wychhunter

I hope that Sea of Thieves and this will be different enough so as not to interfere with each other’s existence too much, because if Ubi did this solely to one-up Rare… that will be an all-new low, indeed. A bit worried for SoT’s future now… :(

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crowstwo

Well this game happens only on the ship and knowing Ubi, it will most likely be a shallow game…

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thickenergy

I dunno. The stuff I’ve seen from Sea of Thieves makes me think ‘this looks like it will be really fun!” All I think about when Ubisoft develops a game is “will this thing even run?”

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semugh

Sea of thieves was always in danger. As soon as Blizzard decides to spice up Booty bay or Ratchet with some ship combat gameplay or decides to make a ship BG, SOT is done.

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Melissa McDonald

Only question I have is, how many players to a server?

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thickenergy

Given it is Ubisoft, the game will likely run over peer-to-peer networking. So probably not many and with massive issues.

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Gadgets-4G

Here, here I concur.

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kanbe

100% agree

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Darthbawl

Will there be pirate wenches in the game? :P

(jk people!)

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Sally Bowls

Why warm up if you are not going to pitch? Didn’t you want to also ask if the game was moddable?
:-) (jk people!)

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