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Skull and Bones Nears Launch after Decade of Development; Sony and NCSoft Ink Strategic Deal

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Skull and Bones Nears Launch after Decade of Development; Sony and NCSoft Ink Strategic Deal

The video game Skull and Bones, crafted by Ubisoft Singapore, appears to be drawing closer to its launch after a decade-long development cycle and multiple delays. Initially a part of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag as an add-on before evolving into an MMO spin-off titled Black Flag Infinite, the project has seen numerous changes in direction and genre.

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Skull and Bones: The Decade-Long Journey

Despite previous setbacks, there are rumors that the game might be released on February 16, 2024, according to sources from Insider Gaming. A premium edition option would potentially allow players to start gaming three days earlier, on February 13. However, this date is yet to be officially confirmed by Ubisoft.

Other Delayed Game Releases

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The article also brings to light other games that have faced delays and issues in their releases, such as The Lord of the Rings: Gollum and The Settlers: A New Allies.

(Read Also: Ubisoft Offers Assassin’s Creed Syndicate for Free: A Journey Back to Victorian London)

Collaboration Between Sony and NCSoft

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In other gaming news, Sony Interactive Entertainment has inked a strategic deal with NCSoft, one of South Korea's top game publishers. The agreement will allow Sony to collaborate with NCSoft across various businesses, marking an opportunity to broaden its presence in the Korean market. Despite the popularity of many of its games being confined to South Korea, this strategic deal with Sony might boost NCSoft's global presence.

The partnership between Sony and NCSoft involves collaboration across various businesses, although specific details about the projects they will work on together have not been disclosed. Yet, a sequel to Horizon: Zero Dawn, the hit series from Guerrilla Games, is rumored to be among the games being developed by NCSoft.

(Read Also: Ubisoft Offers Free Download of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate)

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The Game Awards: New Categories

Meanwhile, The Game Awards gala might include new award categories in the future like Best DLC and Best Remake or Remaster, as revealed by event host Geoff Keighley. While no additions will be made for the upcoming edition, the inclusion of new categories like Best Supporting Actor is under consideration for future events. The event is slated for December 7, with potential announcements linked to games like Baldur's Gate 3 and the sequel to Death Stranding.

Finally, Assassin's Creed Mirage, the new installment in Ubisoft's flagship series where players return to the roots of the Assassin Brotherhood, is confirmed for a March 2024 launch.

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