Skull and Bones is 'Not a Narrative-Driven Game', Director Confirms

Skull and Bones is 'Not a Narrative-Driven Game', Director Confirms

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Richard Walker

Ubisoft has confirmed that Skull and Bones, its oft-delayed multiplayer pirate game, whon't be a “narrative-driven” affair. It appears that this wasn't always the case, however, as shortly after Skull and Bones' original announcement in 2017, the game was said to include a single-player campaign.

"Skull and Bones is not a narrative-driven game," Game Director Ryan Barnard told TrueAchievements. “We have narrative pieces - in the game, you'll meet important NPCs called Kingpins which have their own stories that you'll learn as you develop rapport with them by taking on contracts with them.

“There is an underlying story to the game with which we build the entire world lore, but that's not the main focus,” he added. “We want players to create their own stories and be able to choose the type of pirate they want to be.”

Barnard explains that something referred to as ‘Infamy’ will drive the game's progression system, which in turn grants access to blueprints for different ship types, weapons, and armours. Acquiring these will make you more “effective against new foes,” according to Barnard.

During the course of your journey through Skull and Bones, you'll discover outposts, interact with other factions, and more, when you're not engaging in naval warfare, of course. You can see more in the latest gameplay trailer below. Skull and Bones was re-revealed for Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC last month, with a release date of 8th November 2022. The game is no longer coming to Xbox One or PS4.

Comments
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  • You fucked it up, UBI.
  • Should have been single player only.
  • Nothing wrong with having stories playout through gameplay. Often these are more enjoyable than story heavy games. Still curious how this game will do.
  • seems like they didn't learn anything from SoT
  • @Kfuxy0590 - Sea of Thieves is one of Microsoft's most successful exlclusve IPs. If anything Ubisoft should have taken more notes from Rare.
  • Sea of thieves is super fun. This sounds like it is similar which isn't at all bad.
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