Skull & Bones screenshot of a broadside cannon attack

While the recently released Sea of Thieves is more of a pirate-adventure where the ships are only one part of the whole experience, Ubisoft's upcoming naval action game Skull & Bones is all about the ships and ships alone. As such, in Skull & Bones you won't be playing as one member of a larger crew that constantly goes around on adventures, but rather as the ship itself, with all of the advantages and disadvantages that concept brings with it.

Since I'm sure I've only managed to confuse you even further, allow me to share with you a fairly lengthy gameplay preview. It'll give you a pretty darn good idea of what Skull & Bones is all about, and perhaps most importantly, just how different it is from Sea of Thieves - the game the majority of people seem to believe it's competing with. Here's the video, and I fully recommend you give it a look, if only for the lovely visuals:

Skull & Bones is going to be one of those games that live or die depending on how good the combat mechanics and overall balance are. Unfortunately, that is not the type of information you can really gleam from a well-edited gameplay preview, so I would highly recommend not getting too excited about Skull & Bones until the reviews start coming in. I personally have nothing against it and I do hope it ends up being great, but the odds really are stacked against it since this is a genre that's notoriously difficult to get right, so it's better to err on the side of caution for the time being.

Skull & Bones will be coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One this Fall, though the exact release date has not been announced just yet. You can learn a little bit more, as well as follow its development moving forward, by heading over to the official website.

Skull & Bones screenshot of a burning ship being fired upon