'Skull and Bones' is a pirate game based on the naval combat of 'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag'

Written by: Carlos Zotomayor

Games | Jun 13, 2017

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Now this is something even people with eyepatches and peg legs can get behind.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag was a great pirate game, but the best parts were always when you were sailing on the open ocean instead of playing Assassin's Creed. With that in mind, Ubisoft has done away with the obviously hooded brotherhood and put real pirates behind its newest IP.

Skull and Bones, the franchise focuses on naval combat in the Indian Ocean during the Golden Age of Piracy (putting it around the same time as Black Flag, albeit with less conspiracy theories and more treasure). Players can either go in solo or shanghai a group of friends via online play to take over areas that would otherwise sink your pride and your ship.

By choosing from a variety of ship types, you can customize your floating coffin to combat enemies either in close range or as far away from them as possible. After upgrading your personal death dealer, you can then make a fleet of your own and take over the entire ocean.

Skull and Bones
improves on the sailing aspects that were in Black Flag, but it also includes new elements like using the wind to your advantage. Apart from utilizing it to get rid of the stench of your crew members, you can work with or against the gusts in order to gain the advantage over your less sea savvy opponents.

With customizable ships, characters, plus the complete removal of any Templar-based tailing missions, Skull and Bones looks like a good enough reason to get your sea legs again. Prepare to set sail when it comes out at the end of 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.  

About the author: Carlos Zotomayor

Zoto can see your underpants. Mmm... tasteful.

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