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Skull & Bones Reportedly Has Fewer Than 1 Million Players, Including Free Trial Users

Swashbuckling pirate romp Skull & Bones is finally out after numerous delays, but things aren’t all that ship shape for the game according to a report on Insider-Gaming, which claims it has fewer than one million players. If that isn’t grim enough, this figure includes free trial players.

Sources speaking to the site state that Skull & Bones stands at around 850,000 players in total, which isn’t exactly encouraging for a game that Ubisoft has trumpets as its first ‘AAAA’ game. However, players do at least seem engaged in Skull & Bones, spending an average of three-four hours per day.

One employee who worked on the game attributed the low player count to the fact Ubisoft is charging $70 for Skull & Bones. “I think we all know this is a $30-$40 game at best, but it’s not in our control to determine those things,” they commented.

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Skull & Bones was originally announced in 2017 and started out life as a spin-off to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag before evolving into its own project. The game went through multiple changes during production and exceeded its budget on numerous occasions, later suffering many delays before finally launching on PS5, PC, and Xbox Series X/S on February 16, 2024.

[Source – Insider Gaming]