Avast, me hearties! Prepare to set sail on the treacherous seas of gaming controversy, for Ubisoft's upcoming pirate-themed multiplayer title, Skull and Bones, has found itself in choppy waters. The topic of discussion? None other than the game's hefty price tag of $70, accompanied by its live-service aspirations. But fear not, fellow swashbucklers, for Ubisoft's CEO, Yves Guillemot, has arrived to defend the decision, armed with a shipload of explanations.
During a recent earnings call, Guillemot faced the salty barrage of questions, with many wondering why the game would shackle its potential player base with such a steep price. Some even dared to suggest a free-to-play model, better suited to attract a larger crew. But Guillemot, standing tall on the poop deck of reason, pointed to the grand scale of Skull and Bones as his defense. With a flourish of his tricorn hat, he proclaimed it to be a "very big game," assuring doubters that its vastness and completeness would be revealed upon release. Nay, he went even further, dubbing it a quadruple-A game. Aye, you heard that right, me hearties.
"Prepare to witness the majesty of Skull and Bones, a game of epic proportions," Guillemot declared (as reported by VGC). "It is a behemoth, a true titan among games. Its size will astound you, and its completeness will leave you breathless. It shall be a quadruple-A game, worthy of the annals of gaming history."
Guillemot's words echo those of senior producer Neven Dravinski, who, just a month prior, spoke of the game's "legs and longevity." Ah, the promises of vast content and thrilling gameplay, the very essence of a pirate's life. But let us not forget, me hearties, that Skull and Bones has weathered many storms of delays, and now, it finally sets a course for release on February 16. Currently, it sails through open beta waters, allowing eager pirates to test their mettle until February 11. The game will be available on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S, ready to welcome all who dare to embrace the pirate's life.
So, me hearties, prepare your cutlasses and ready your cannons, for Skull and Bones beckons you to a grand adventure on the high seas. It may be a pricey voyage, but fear not, for the promise of a quadruple-A experience awaits. Let us set sail, guided by the winds of excitement, and may our pirate souls find solace in the vastness and completeness of this legendary game. Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me!