Ahoy, mateys! Get ready to set sail with Ubisoft’s highly anticipated pirate adventure, Skull and Bones, which is charting a course for its grand release on February 16th. But fear not, for those eager to taste the salty sea air before then, an open beta will be hoisting its sails from Thursday, February 8th to Sunday, February 11th. This is your chance to plunge into the treacherous waters of a pirate’s life before the full journey unfolds.
During the open beta, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy. Delve into the main campaign’s contracts and undertake a series of missions, culminating in one titled “Exterminate the Rat”. These contracts are more than just tasks to be checked off—they’re your stepping stones toward building a notorious reputation and unraveling the secrets of Skull and Bones’ expansive world.
The open beta isn’t just a snippet of what’s to come; it’s also your treasure map to new discoveries. Ever heard of Red Island on the coast of Africa? It’s home to Sainte-Anne’s pirate lair, overseen by the formidable John Scurlock. As you start clawing your way to the pinnacle of piracy, this lair acts as a sanctuary where you can socialize with fellow buccaneers, craft mighty ships, formidably arm them, and prepare your gear with the help of the lair’s skilled artisans. The safe haven allows you to store your plunder, repair damages from your latest skirmish, trade goods pillaged from opulent merchants, and so much more. Plus, adventurers will stumble upon a never-before-seen region in the beta—the exotic East Indies.
Wondering how to join this swashbuckling beta? PC players can dive right in via Ubisoft Connect or the Epic Games Store, finding Skull and Bones in the category of free games. As for the console crew on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, navigate to your console’s store, install the game, and you’re ready to set sail. Joining the open beta isn’t just about early bragging rights; participants can net themselves an arsenal of in-game booty, including weapons, swanky cosmetics to deck out your ship, a trusty pet, and an emote for some pirate-style communication.
But the voyage doesn’t end with launch. Skull and Bones is charting a thrilling course for its first year, with a seasonal system that promises to keep the winds favorable. Brace yourselves for a slew of updates; every season will unveil new challenges, ships, and formidable bosses. Embark on legendary pirate endeavors, get entangled in world events that will bolster your fame and fill your coffers, and tackle an ever-evolving endgame designed to keep even the saltiest sea dogs on their toes. And for those with a competitive streak, there’s PvP action where you can strive to climb the leaderboards, not to mention free, limited-time events that will sprinkle some extra excitement throughout each season.
So, whether you’re a loner or a legend, this is your invitation to an adventure that’s as vast as the seven seas. Prepare to take to the waves, fight tooth and nail, and carouse with the best of them. The world of Skull and Bones awaits. Are you ready to claim your place among the pirate elite?