The Skull and Bones playtest kicks off today and here’s how to tell if you’re in
Skull and Bones is holding another playtest for a final finish on the game before launch – and you might be in on it.
Since its first announcement at E3 2017, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Skull and Bones. Due to launch on November 8, some groups of gamers have already had time through the Insider Program and the Skull and Bones beta. TGhe Insider Program is a PC exclusive, but the beta is open to all platforms. And you might be sitting on an invite for this weekend’s playtest.
The Skull and Bones playtest kicks off today, September 16, and went live in the early hours of this morning. It ends Sunday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. PT / 10:00 p.m. ET, which is Monday, September 19 at 3:00 a.m. BST / 12:00 p.m. ACT. If you want to get in, here’s what you need to do.
How to Join the Skull and Bones Game Test
Unless you’ve cracked the secret of time travel, you may have already fallen at the first hurdle. And that was registering your interest on the Skull and Bones live test site (opens in a new tab). Of course, there’s still time for more testing between now and November 8, but that’s no guarantee. Twitter leaker Tom Henderson said (opens in a new tab) this playtest “is to help the developers ‘finish the game polish'”. And you can never have too much polish.
Check your email
If you’ve already registered and have forgotten everything, like me, go check your email! My inbox contained an email from Skull and Bones with the subject “confirmation: technical test”. So do a search in your own inbox to see if you’ve made the cut.
Accept the NDA
Before you can take to the high seas, you must sign an NDA. A strict NDA, the email said. Click the link to find the NDA, read it, and if you’re okay with everything, go ahead and accept! You also have the option to reconfirm the platform of your choice or change it if necessary. I signed up for the PS5 Skull and Bones game test and it remembered my choice, so everything was very easy.
Get your download code
You can either sit back and wait for your code to arrive in your email or follow the link in your email again to find the code on the site. Then simply redeem it in your platform’s storefront and wait for it to download. As soon as it’s done, you can board.
Hopefully the playtest will give you enough of an idea of what to expect to decide if you want to pick up Skull and Bones when it releases in November. Of course, there is the price to consider.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has dropped the bombshell that Skull and Bones – along with the publisher’s other triple-A titles – will cost $70. Talk to Axios (opens in a new tab)Guillemot said “some games will be priced the same as the competition. Big AAA games will be $70.”
Sony is currently being sued for charging similar prices on its games, although the circumstances are different. But if everyone jumps on the bandwagon, whatever the outcome of this case, we will pay higher prices anyway.