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


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.

Steely Bob

World of Warships using AC Black Flag assets?

Not a competitor to Sea of Thieves methinks.

Sally Bowls

This seems much more interesting than Sea of thieves honestly.


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…


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


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

Nathaniel Downes

Another MMO? Ho Hum….

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



And it’s another sandbox!

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


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.

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.


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…


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