Skull and Bones is coming back to life and Ubisoft needs swashbuckling testers!

San Francisco, California - Buckle your swashes, shiver some timbers, and get ready to pilfer, plunder, and loot to your black heart's content! A long-dead project is heaving to and calling on eager players to help out.

Skull and Bones was originally going to be an add-on for Assassin's Creed: Black Flag.
Skull and Bones was originally going to be an add-on for Assassin's Creed: Black Flag.  © Ubisoft

Ubisoft is looking for test players to come and try out the revived piratical adventure, Skull and Bones.

Ubisoft's Insider Program will let a few lucky players hop into a test version of the game, to help find bugs and give the developers feedback.

The announcement came out of nowhere for most gaming fans. The eagle-eyed GIBZ, however, caught Ubisoft's most recent earnings report and heard that Skull and Bones is back in development.

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The game, which the developer team at Ubisoft Singapore has been working on since 2013, has become infamous for its ballooning budget and missed deadlines. According to Kotaku's interview with members of the Skull and Bones team, "Nobody knew what the f*** they were doing."

The game was originally just a spin-off from the fourth wildly popular Assassin's Creed game: Black Flag.

Then it was a stand-alone title in the Caribbean, then in a fantasy ocean, before splashing back to the real world in the Indian Ocean.

The same thing happened to release dates, after an epic trailer fueled fans excitement at the 2017 E3 gaming conference, but then the game was delayed no less than four times in only three years.

The next release date is sometime in the 2022-2023 fiscal year, and the call to join the Skull and Bones Insider Program could mean that this time the game will finally release.

The Insider Program and the clear deadline for a release by March 2023 gives fans of Skull and Bones another chance to cross their fingers and hope the dev team doesn't get becalmed yet again.

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