Do you remember Skull & Bones from Ubisoft? Well, on the face of it, a new video of it has leaked, showcasing brand new alpha gameplay footage.
Skull & Bones is an open-world online naval game set during the golden age of piracy in the exotic and wild frontier of the Indian Ocean, in which players will sail the high seas.
In Skull & Bones, you are a pirate captain who has refused the king’s pardon and sailed from the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean, a savage frontier full of lavish riches. To survive, you’ll need to build a deadly fleet, tackle lucrative trade routes, and ally with other pirates in your endless struggle for supremacy.
In 2019, Ubisoft delayed the game indefinitely. Since then, we haven’t heard from it (until now). This leaked gameplay video is a good sign as Ubisoft is most likely gearing up for its Alpha testing.
Welcome to Skull & Bones, a world inspired by the Indian Ocean in the golden age of piracy. You will begin your journey as an underdog whose goal is to become the most infamous pirate to sail these waters. Journey to the Sainte-Anne pirate hideout located in Ile Rouge.
This pirate activity hub is where you can craft new ships and equipment, prepare for your sea expedition, land high-risk, high-reward contracts, and socialize with other players.
As a pirate, your reputation is paramount, and Skull & Bones tracks that through Infamy. The higher your infamy, the more opportunities you will unlock. One of the many ways to grow your infamy is to complete contracts.
These are deals you can make with NPCs in the world that can have great rewards if you succeed or penalties if you fail. Some Contracts can be shared, allowing you to accept them in groups of up to three people.
You can also earn infamy by completing other activities such as exploration, looting, treasure hunts, major world events, and more.
Any pirate worth their salt will tell you that preparation is the key to a successful expedition at sea, so always make sure your ship’s cargo is well stocked with rations, water, repair kits, and ammunition.
As a pirate captain, it’s also important for you to be up to snuff, so before venturing out, be sure to visit the workshop to put the finishing touches on your individual look. Once you’re ready, go and explore!
As a beginner pirate, you only have access to a small dhow, but as your infamy increases, you’ll be able to craft bigger and more powerful ships, each with their own unique playstyle.
At sea, you will have to be very careful about the health of your ship and the morale of the crew. You can recover health by using repair kits in your cargo. Crew morale also depletes over time. Your crew will mutiny and take over your ship if you don’t give them food or drink to cheer them up.
If your ship sinks, you will lose infamy and respawn in the nearest den or discovered outpost. The good news is that most of your cargo will be scavenged and you’ll have a chance to scavenge the rest of the wreckage, but you better be quick because other players can steal it too.
The world of Skull & Bones is full of riches and resources that you can gather and harvest as you explore. The lagoons and rivers are teeming with dangerous wild animals that you can hunt for animal skins and meat.
You will also be able to harvest a variety of raw materials such as ore, fiber and wood. These can be refined in Sainte-Anne to produce crafting resources. Crafting is an essential activity for progressing as a villainous pirate.
Unlock blueprints and use your refined resources to craft more powerful ships, weapons, and furniture. These provide a range of benefits, including higher hull HP, higher damage attacks, and faster sailing. With your new fleet and growing arsenal, optimize your ship loadout to suit your playstyle and personal goals to improve your chances of success.
In the open sea, the opportunities are numerous. Use the spyglass to identify trade routes or rich merchant ships and gauge your prey’s cargo and firepower. Develop an attack plan based on your opponent’s defenses and take advantage of their weak points to inflict more damage.
Sinking your enemies from afar only rewards you with some of their cargo, as some will be lost to the depths. Getting close to execute a boarding maneuver will help you maximize your earnings.
But beware. You can go from predator to prey in the blink of an eye if you attract unwanted attention from other players or soldiers, the vicious pirate hunters who patrol the seas.
As you explore, be sure to keep an eye out for outposts scattered across the map. Outposts are safe places where you can moor your ship for a short respite from the perilous seas. Visit vendors selling their wares, cook and store your precious cargo in the cache.
While all Skull & Bones content can be done solo, you might like to rule the seas with your friends. While sailing, you can easily invite other pirates to group up using your spyglass. Synergize your different playstyles, ships and weapons to defeat the deadliest enemies.
As you get stronger, take on tougher challenges like attacking forts and plundering settlements, and if you’re daring enough, take part in world events like shooting down heavily laden merchant ships and destroying them. fleet of warship escorts.