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Skull and Bones (2022) is an action game where you play a pirate captain in the 17th century Indian Ocean. You complete missions alone or with other players and grow your fleet on a quest to become the most infamous on the seven seas. It's the way it combines classic pirate adventures with strategic fights and a wide array of customisable ships that sets players telling their own creative pirate stories and battles.

You play a pirate outcast who washes up on Saint Anne, a safe haven pirate island. From here, you craft ships and equipment, recruit a crew and set out on missions set by the islands' inhabitants. You need to pay close attention to your crew, who mutiny if not happy. You must also be mindful of your ship's configuration as you can easily find yourself unprepared to deal with the deadly storms or fleets of warships that prowl the seas.

Play revolves around missions to gather items or fight other computer-controlled ships for loot. Completion rewards you with currency and resources you can use to craft new ships for your fleet, as well as equipment you can apply to your existing ships when you next set sail. In addition, you can scour the coastlines and collect the resources and items you find there, such as timber from trees or the hides and meat of animals. You can encounter other players as you explore, who you can team up with to complete missions or fight against for their resources.

Combat involves issuing commands to your individual crew members, to man cannons, attack using other weapons, or defend your ship. Although it's fast-paced, you still need to employ creative strategies, especially when facing off against larger groups of enemies or coastal settlements with strong defences. There are many different classes of ships, each with their own benefits and drawbacks, and choosing the correct type of ship with the necessary configuration of weapons and defences for each job is another essential part of the game.

The result is a game that combines the charm and fantasy of classic pirate adventures with deep and thoughtful strategy through its tactical combat, expansive and resource-rich world and assortment of customisable ships you can really make your own.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Skull and Bones 24 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Shooting and Traversal game with Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Play and Simulation elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 20-player online game. When exploring the world, you encounter hundreds of other players and can join with (up to 20 of) them to complete missions or plunder them for their loot.

Cross-Play: Play between all platforms.

You can play this game in the following styles:


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters, encouragement of the use of controlled substances, and use of strong language. This game features violence against defenceless characters. In one scene, a bound character is beaten for information. He is slapped, kneed and kicked by his captor, causing him to collapse. Gameplay also features combat between pirates, using swords and pistols, which includes realistic responses and blood effects. There are also frequent scenes of tobacco, alcohol and drug use, with sight of characters smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol and smoking opium. The player's character can take part in quests to gather the materials to manufacture rum and opium, which can then be sold to increase the player's wealth and renown. The crew can also be given alcohol to improve their morale. The game also includes frequent use of strong language ('*!@?*'), as well as milder terms. This game offers players the opportunity to purchase in-game items, in the form of an in-game currency, which some parents or carers may want to be aware of. Parents, carers, or other responsible adults should check to see what is being offered before making any purchase on behalf of a child. It should be noted that the game can still be played without the need to purchase such items. The game also includes sight of corpses, some of which are charred, rotting or covered in blood, as well as sexual references, including to brothels.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature (M) for Mature Themes, Violence, Drug Use, Coarse Language and Sexual References.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. You need to come up with clever strategies for defeating enemies and should be able to cope with being destroyed or plundered by other players.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.


Skull and Bones

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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
There are two different versions of the game- the regular game and the Premium Edition. The Premium Edition includes extra missions and cosmetic items, as well as a soundtrack.

There are also lots of different cosmetics and also different ships and items that you need to buy in-game. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/11/2022, updated in 2024

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1 (20 online)

Genres: Shooting, Traversal (Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Play and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather

Developer: Ubi Singapore (@UbiSingapore)

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