Skull & Bones’ sixth quickdraw wasn’t easy to swallow. Born from an offshoot of Assassin’s Creed 4, the naval battle game has been in development since 2013 and although Ubisoft Singapore needs additional time to deliver a product that lives up to expectations, the community has not welcomed the news in a positive way.
Among the most disappointed there are undoubtedly the players who believed so much in the project to the point of pre-ordering it and paying in advance. Ubisoft kicked off pre-orders for Skull & Bones last summer, when the game was set for a November 8, 2022 release. Since then, the title has first been pushed back to March 9, 2023, and then early next fiscal year, a period which presumably corresponds to the first quarter from April to June 2023.
The extended delay evidently convinced Ubisoft to close pre-orders of Skull & Bones on PlayStation Store, as can be seen from the Sony shop page. The pre-order button is no longer available and currently the only action allowed is adding the game to your wishlist. According to testimonials found on Reddit and Twitter, Ubisoft and Sony also have refunded all those who had already pre-ordered. The move took place unexpectedly, even leaving all those who saw their refund credited at any moment by surprise. It also turns out to be limited to PlayStation Storesince the booking campaign continues to go ahead as if nothing had happened on the Microsoft Store, Ubisoft Store and Epic Games Store.
Closing down Skull & Bones pre-orders on PlayStation Store is sure to be temporary. We can expect their reopening as soon as Ubisoft Singapore is ready to communicate a new release date. In the meantime, you can enjoy an in-depth video on the narrative component of Skull & Bones.