In January, Ubisoft delayed (once more) its long-troubled high-seas piracy game Cranium and Bones to early in its 2023-24 fiscal yr, which runs from April 1 2023 to March 31 2024. However not actually early, because it seems. In at the moment’s full-year earnings report for 2022-23, Ubisoft indicated that Cranium and Bones stays on observe for launch this yr however is not going to be out throughout the first quarter—which implies no Cranium and Bones earlier than at the very least July 1.
“We’re very pleased with the progress the crew is making on the game,” Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot mentioned throughout an buyers name. “We’re doing a lot of playtests and analysis with exterior companions, and the game is progressing effectively.”
After all, should you’ve been following together with this explicit odyssey, you could recall that “very completely satisfied” is a time period that Ubisoft executives have used to explain their emotions about Cranium and Bones beforehand. In January, as an illustration, chief monetary officer Frederick Duguet mentioned Ubisoft was “very completely satisfied” with Cranium and Bones playtests that had occurred earlier that month, the identical factor he’d mentioned concerning the state of growth in February 2022.
It is clearly sort of an ongoing theme (through VGC, here is Guillemot saying he was “very completely satisfied” with the state of Cranium and Bones in July 2020), though it has but to translate right into a videogame that is match for public consumption.
The post-June launch window is not a delay within the technical sense, as a result of a brand new launch date nonetheless hasn’t been set. However to my thoughts, “early” within the yr means—very broadly—in or across the first quarter, and as soon as you’ve got moved previous that you just’re into the mid-year. Name that splitting hairs should you like, but it surely’s been a full six years since Cranium and Bones was introduced an Murderer’s Creed: Black Flag spinoff mission, and I really feel like somewhat dedication to accuracy about what’s truly occurring is not an excessive amount of of an ask at this level.
We can be seeing extra of Cranium and Bones very quickly, nevertheless. Ubisoft confirmed that the game will seem on the upcoming Ubisoft Ahead on-line showcase, which is ready for June 12.