After years of delays, reboots and all sorts of behind-the-scenes problems, Skull and Bones is finally less than a month away from launch, and prior to its imminent release, Ubisoft is going to give everyone a chance to test the waters before you decide to fully submerge.
An open beta has been announced for Skull and Bones. From Feb. 7, 6 p.m. PT to Feb. 11, 3 p.m. PT, players on all platforms will be able to get a taste of the upcoming multiplayer pirate game, with pre-loading becoming available on Feb. 6, 01 a.m. PT.
The Coast of Africa, the game’s starting region, will be included, as well as Red Island, where you will find the pirate settlement of Sainte-Anne, a hub location where players can interact with others playing the game, create weapons, ships and equipment, store loot, repair ships, sell items and more.
Although the Coast of Africa and Red Island were also both included in Skull and Bones’ closed beta in December, the upcoming open beta will also let players explore the Open Seas and cross over to a new region in the form of the East Indies, where you will find the region’s pirate settlement, Telok Penjarah.
Campaign contracts will be available up to the contract called “Exterminate the Rat.” In addition, the level cap of the open beta will not let you go beyond the rank of Brigand (Tier 6, Rank 1), but players will be allowed to continue exploring and playing. Other content in the beta will include side contracts, repeatable contracts, bounty contracts and World Events.
The open beta will also allow players to unlock various exclusive rewards and comes with enabled cross-play and cross-progression. All progress you make in the beta will also carry over to the full game, should you choose to play it.
Ubisoft also recently revealed post-launch details for Skull and Bones, revealing plans for the game’s first year, including four seasons with new World Events, legendary Pirate Lords to fight against, and more. In addition, new details were also revealed about what to expect from Skull and Bones’ endgame content.
Skull and Bones will launch on Feb. 16 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.