Another Skull and Bones delay is the icing on Ubisoft’s fiasco cake

By Lee Brady,

Ubisoft has revised its financial targets for 2023 and delayed the upcoming pirate game Skull and Bones for a sixth time in a move that spells rather bleak news for the PS Plus-backing publisher.

Skull and Bones has been delayed by publisher Ubisoft yet again, moving from its latest spot in March 2023 to a slot somewhere in the early 2023-2024 fiscal year. One of the most enduringly anticipated upcoming PS5 and PS4 games of 2023, this means we might expect Skull and Bones to release on PlayStation consoles between April and June 2023. The release of Skull and Bones is just one of Ubisoft's many concerns, as the Assassin's Creed series publisher is off to a bleak start this year.

Skull and Bones delay 2023Skull and Bones delayed again, mateys.

Skull and Bones delayed again so players can be “positively surprised,” says Ubisoft

The delay for Skull and Bones comes via Ubisoft's latest financial statement, which also contains the cancellation of another three unannounced projects and the publisher's revised financial targets for the 2022-2023 period. Weak game sales have forced Ubisoft to round down its year-end bookings target by roughly 10%, and the company will be restructuring "non-core assets" in a bid to stem some of the bleeding from a negative €500m hit to the company's fiscal health.

The publisher remains optimistic (on paper at least) regarding its 2023-2024 offerings, hoping that the new Assassin's Creed Mirage and the largely unseen Avatar Frontiers of Pandora will put the company back on track. Ubisoft also hopes that players excited for Skull and Bones will be "positively surprised by its evolution," though fool me five times, Ubisoft, and we'll be scrubbing this shame off our skin for years to come.

Skull and Bones 2Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot on the current fiscal concerns.

What do you make of Ubisoft's current financial woes? Are you still excited for Skull and Bones, which once may have been a shoo-in for the best online multiplayer games on PS5 and PS4 list, but now looks more like a shoo-in for the Guinness World Record for most delays of a video game? Let us know in the comments below.
Lee Brady
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Marvel's Spider-Man 2, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium, recent Sony news), and his secret third eye on the junk he really likes (Sonic Superstars, Final Fantasy XVI). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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