Skull & Bones screenshot of a broadside cannon attack

The pirate-themed Skull & Bones was originally announced in 2017 and pinned for a 2018 launch - just in time to compete with Rare's Sea of Thieves. Unfortunately, Skull & Bones ended up facing a lot of problems and so the game was delayed time and time again. First it was pushed back until 2019, then 2020, then 2021, and now it looks like even that estimate was far too optimistic.

According to Ubisoft's latest earnings report, Skull & Bones is still nowhere near ready and will require a fair bit of extra work. So while there is still no official release date, Ubisoft expects it to release at some point in 2022-23.

"We dreamt something bigger for Skull & Bones, and these ambitions naturally came with bigger challenges," explains one of the previous developer updates. "These difficulties resulted in necessary delays for our game."

"Critical questions needed to be addressed over the past several months such as: how do we modernize the classic pirate fantasy? How do we ensure a more immersive and visceral experience? How do we create cool and memorable moments in-game? For most of these questions to be answered, it was clear that we needed more development time."

I'd love to tell you more, but I'm afraid I'm entirely in the dark here. Right now I don't think anyone outside of Ubisoft even knows what type of game Skull & Bones is going to be, let alone when it'll be finished. Last I heard it was going to be a Black Flag inspired ship-on-ship action game, but whether that is still the case or if the project has evolved past that, only time will tell.

Once we get more concrete information I'll make sure to let you know. Until then, you can read a little bit more about Skull & Bones over at the official website.