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After Numerous Delays, Skull And Bones Finally Launches, And It's Got A Nice Free Trial

Try before you buy.


After years of development and multiple delays, Ubisoft's pirate game Skull and Bones is finally out now on console and PC. If you're curious but aren't sure you want to buy it, you're in luck, as Ubisoft is offering an eight-hour free trial on all platforms.

You can head to Ubisoft's website and choose your platform to access the free trial. The trial can also be accessed from the Ubisoft Connect launcher, the Epic Games launcher, the PlayStation Store, and the Microsoft Store.

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Now Playing: Skull and Bones - Official Launch Trailer

This is just the latest free trial period for Skull and Bones, as Ubisoft previously held an open beta for the game across all platforms earlier in February. Progress from the eight-hour free trial carries forward if players decide to buy the game outright.

Skull and Bones launched with a few issues that Ubisoft is now working to address. There is a problem with The Devil's Maw contract that Ubisoft is looking into, while the game's ocean is behaving in an "unreasonably unfriendly manner," so Ubisoft is deploying client and server-side fixes. Additionally, Ubisoft temporarily removed all text and voice chat features to ensure they are working properly.

Skull and Bones is a live-service game that Ubisoft plans to update and support over time with more content; you can see and learn more in the trailer below.

Skull and Bones was announced at E3 2017, at which time Ubisoft said it would be a multiplayer-focused "live" game that would be constantly updated and refreshed with new content like the company's other live-service games.

Ubisoft Singapore led development on the title in collaboration with the company's network of global studios. It was initially targeted for release in Fall 2017. It would go on to be delayed again and again and again. According to reports, Ubisoft made numerous changes to the game over the years and "rebooted" the project. There was also a significant shift in leadership, with the creative director position changing hands at least one time. A report from Kotaku in 2021 said the Singapore government mandated that the game eventually be released, and now that day has finally come.

If you're looking to buy Skull and Bones, check out GameSpot's Skull and Bones buying guide to learn about the game's various editions to choose from.

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