Ubisoft’s Skull & Bones was firsts announced back in 2017, and since then has seen several delays, as well as reports of the game being fully rebooted. Now, a post on the Skull & Bones official Twitter account–the first one since 2020, sees Ubisoft announcing an Insider Program to help test the upcoming game. It seems the name has also gone through an extremely slight change, with the “and” from the title being replaced with the “&” symbol.
Ubisoft’s last official update on the game saw Skull & Bones releasing during the fiscal year 2022–2023, which includes the time period between April 1st, 2022 and March 31st, 2023. New information leaked last year that revealed more details about the direction of the game, including how it will play and more information on its setting.
It seems Ubisoft is finally ready to take a step towards actually releasing this game, which is promising when considering its lengthy and mysterious disappearance from the public eye.
Ubisoft did say they will be keeping the testing pool “relatively small” for now, with the goal being to “fully understand the feedback we receive.” The publisher is asking for candidates with “a lot of patience and commitment,” and those selected for the program will have to sign a non-disclosure agreement, as well as adhering to Ubisoft’s Cod of Conduct.
“Ideal candidates are Skull & Bones fans with a keen interest in game development, with plenty of time to allocate to testing and reporting issues, bugs or just general feedback,” the Insider page reads. This has led some users on social media to ask whether the program requires actual game development knowledge, and if the Insider Program is calling for too much from unpaid community testers.