Ubisoft has announced that Skull and Bones has been delayed yet again, and will now launch on March 9, 2023.
"While the game development is finished at this stage, the extra time will be used to further polish and balance the experience using players' feedback from our Technical tests and Insider Program which happened over the past two weeks," Ubisoft says in a press release. "This is the right decision both for our players and for the long-term success of the game as March 9, 2023 provides for a suitable release window for this very unique new brand."
An open beta for Skull and Bones will run sometime before launch. The game had previously been set to release on November 8, 2022, just one day before God of War Ragnarok.
Ubisoft officially announced the delay just moments before the publication of a Kotaku report unofficially revealing the news. Kotaku's sources suggest that some developers share fan concerns over shallow player progression in the wake of recent technical tests.
Skull and Bones was first revealed at E3 2017, intended for release in fall 2018. Then it was delayed into 2019, and again into 2021. In 2021, it was delayed into the 2022-23 fiscal year, ending March 31, 2023. A concrete date of November 8, 2022 was announced earlier this year, and while the game won't hit that target, it is still making it out before the end of Ubisoft's fiscal year.