I'll admit ist the last games that I really just doted on was AC 4 : Black Flag. So, when they said they were making a stand alone game outside of AC about pirates - I was interested. I was not as thrilled about ist being weirdly open world/online only'....but a good pirate-themed game is good in my book.
But, damn this game has been delayed and delayed again and the latest news from months ago was they whole games was being redeveloped from nearly the ground up with the help of yet another Ubi studio in Berlin. The last reports were that, "Skull & Bones has moved towards a ‘live’ game model." Well, that sounds even worse that what had planned before. Supposedly, the game will feature "...a persistent game world with quests, characters and storylines that will drastically evolve and change over time based on the collective actions of the community.". Hee-whiz, that sounds like they plan to put out a fraction of a game and then if it takes off provide more later. That would suck in my opinion, but less teh bit they publsihe is just relaly really good despite not having content....a seemingly impossible balancing act in my mind.
I guess, the multiple elephants in the room are that Ubisoft are not exactly "good-guys" in their own story. Ubisoft is in a bad spot -of their own making- right now. Last year they had really gross sounding abuse scandals immerge, Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad painted the real world BLM movement's stylized fist icon as terroristic, and Valhalla is/was plagued by very annoying glitches. So, while I would like a new pirate game, ist makes me sad that Ubisoft is making it.