Ubisoft has announced yet another Skull and Bones delay at a recent news conference. The Skull and Bones release date was March 9 after being pushed from its former November 9, 2022 date, but that was just one of numerous delays for the pirate-themed game. This is just one of multiple setbacks for Ubisoft, which also revealed that it has cancelled three unannounced games as it plans to cut costs.
Skull and Bones beta phase coming soon
The new release date for Skull and Bones is currently “early 2023-24,” according to a tweet from Stephen Totilo of Axios Gaming. For more context, that date refers to the next fiscal year, which starts in April 2023 and ends in March 2024.
Still, that is a stunningly wide release window for any game, suggesting that Ubisoft just isn’t sure when it will release. The only bright spot for Skull and Bones is that it will have an “upcoming beta phase” at an unspecified date. At this point, though, should we just put this in the same box as the Prince of Persia Sands of Time remake?
Ubisoft has also canceled three unannounced games, on top of four games that were already nixed in July 2021. This is part of it “planning $200 million in cost reduction” due to “natural attrition” and “divesting of non-core assets” as the publisher faces slow sales over the holiday season.
Specifically, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated (via VGC) that the company were surprised by the underperformance of Just Dance 2023 and Mario + Rabbits: Sparks of Hope.