Ubisoft's pirate Skull & Bones game was postponed for the second time. The PS4, Xbox One, and PC games were originally scheduled for release in 2018, before being moved to fiscal year 2019/20. It has now been moved back to "after 2019/20". Also, the game is not shown at the E3 2019, which takes place next month.
Ubisoft announced the news today in a report. The vague "after 2019/20" refers to financial periods as opposed to calendar years, which means that the earliest launch of Skull & Bones could be April 2020. Ubisoft told GameSpot about the delay: "With new IPs, this is common development of the creative vision and this requires more development time."
The game's official Twitter account also released a short video about the delay and the decision to skip E3. Producer Karl Luhe talks about making the game as good as possible and that Ubisoft continues to fight for it. The video also shows some insights behind the scenes of the game's evolution. Luhe notes that they will be back "as soon as they can" with more updates to the game.
We'll close the hatches and delay the arrival of the game – this is a challenging piece of news for all of us, but it's what's needed to make Skull & Bones as great as possible!
We continue to focus on quality and are grateful for your untiring support pic.twitter.com/ZCt85tY3TG
– Skull & Bones (@skullnbonesgame) May 15, 2019
The maritime fighting game was first unveiled at E3 2017and we came away from it as well as from it the following E3 demo to be excited. The game is being developed by Ubisoft Singapore, the studio from which Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flags battle sequences originated.
On the way there is also a Skull & Bones TV show. Commenting on the impact of the game's new delay on the TV show, Ubisoft told GameSpot, "The Skull & Bones TV series will not affect the development of the game – and vice versa."
Ubisoft has a lot on the way. Beyond the recently announced Ghost Recon Breakpoint, it has now been confirmed that there are three unannounced Triple A games coming in early 2020. No details on future games have been announced, although it is likely that we will learn about these games at least some of them during Ubisoft's E3 press conference next month.