The Ubisoft E3 2017 press conference included the surprise reveal of pirate game Skull and Bones. Although the company revealed a multiplayer gameplay trailer for the title, Ubisoft has now confirmed that it will offer single player content too.
The confirmation that Skull and Bones will have a single player campaign comes from the official FAQ for the game. Ubisoft explains that it is “building a narrative system which is completely integrated in the game and will not be something aside of the multiplayer experience.” The Skull and Bones reveal trailer did seem to hint at some big characters and huge battles, including a Kraken tease at the end, so perhaps they will be part of this narrative content.
Although Ubisoft is keeping the single player details to itself for now, many will agree that offering narrative content is a good idea. Skull and Bones is inspired by Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and one of the reasons why that game did so well is that it allowed players to live out their pirate fantasies. While great naval gameplay was important, the storylines behind those high seas adventures were a key factor too.
Skull and Bones having a single player mode would also be massively useful to fans who need to get familiar with the new IP’s ship-sailing gameplay. The pirate title will borrow many Black Flag mechanics but it also asks players to consider wind as well as their position in the combat area. Story content would give players a chance to learn all of this without playing multiplayer, where they may instantly be blasted to timber because of their inexperience.
At this point it’s unclear how substantial this narrative content will be. Will Skull and Bones offer something as big as the For Honor single player campaign? Or will Ubisoft offer a handful of missions instead? Ubisoft promises that “more details about a the single player campaign will be shared at a later date,” so hopefully the company will clear things up sooner rather than later.
Skull and Bones is expected to release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.