Fans have been anticipating Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones for a while now. It was originally announced at E3 2017, but was delayed to the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Today, fans are getting a good look at the naval combat involved in the game.

The pirate game is all about naval battles, both in single-player and in five-on-five player-versus-player action. Sailors can choose from a variety of different ships and select cannons best suited to their needs. After that, they can set out to subdue and sink other ships. Encounters start from afar and end with hand to hand combat aboard the decks.

Ubisoft’s E3 conference showed a trailer highlighting the single-player campaign. It showed a variety of pirate characters going about their pirate lives. That is until the empire emerges. Pirate life is sunk into the Caribbean, sending crews off to the Indian Ocean to steal every last coin and reclaim their treasure.

The Empire won’t be your own challenge. Weather, cataclysm, and conflict can all change a voyage. This can range from the gentlest of breezes to the most dangerous waves.

Players can not only customize their ship but also change their sails to deceive enemies by hiding as a different faction. Once they are done hiding, it’s all about navigating the rough waters and gunning down your foes with a barrage.

Skull and Bones is the natural successor to Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, the first Ubisoft title to really focus on nautical combat. Ubisoft Singapore is the developer on both titles, and they’ve polished the systems they first started on in 2013 to create a game all about the glory and triumph of boarding and successively sinking your foes. Players can sign up for a chance to play early on the game’s official site.

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Katie K
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Katie has been playing video games since she was about ten, starting out destroying her older brother at Jet Moto on the original PlayStation. Now she evolved to to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Katie is a student at Boise State University and a digital news producer for a local company. In her free time, you can find Katie inhaling coffee by the pot and playing Overwatch.