Ubisoft has showcased Hunting Grounds, the new PvPvE (player-versus player-versus-environment) content for Skull & Bones, its upcoming online naval game set within the vast Indian Ocean.
Hunting Grounds transports players into a shared PvPvE world where they can sail alone or as part of a pirate gang while looting lucrative trade routes, encountering powerful empires and battling brutal pirate rivals, all while surviving the treacherous ocean itself. Hunting Grounds will be available alongside the Disputed Waters multiplayer mode, which was unveiled last year at E3, and Deadly Encounters. In the Disputed Waters PvP (player-versus-player) mode, players form two teams of five as they fight over riches, sink their opponents and ultimately escape from the clutches of fierce pirate hunters.
Throughout their adventure, players will acquire unique and deadly warships each of which is designed to fit a specific combat role based on unique playstyles. These ships can be outfitted with new weapons and crewmembers giving limitless freedom to gameplay. In addition to mastering their arsenal, players must also learn to read and utilise the wind to navigate the sea and position themselves to deliver crushing blows to enemy ships. Skull & Bones will also feature a rich cosmetics system that will allow players to customise their captain avatars, figurehead, sails, helm, emblems, colours and more to design their ideal pirate ships.
Players looking to prove their mettle against their fellow pirates can register HERE to join the beta prior to launch. Registered players will have a chance to play the game prior to release and provide feedback that will help the dev team create the most immersive pirate experience.
Developed by Ubisoft Singapore, Skull & Bones transports players into the Golden Age of Piracy where they will set sail within a massive, open Indian Ocean full of treasures ripe for the taking. Throughout their adventure to become the most notorious pirate of the high seas, players will acquire a variety of warships, each with their own strengths and distinctive weapons, capable of sinking anyone in their way. In order to survive this ruthless environment, players will need to master sailing and naval combat while building powerful alliances no one can take down.
Skull & Bones will be releasing in 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox One X and Windows PC.