The Skull and Bones Open Beta is soon to be with us but how do you get to take part? Is it free and can anybody have a go? We have the answers to all this and more as the much-anticipated pirate ‘em-up prepares to board our gaming rigs after many, many years in development.
What is the Skull and Bones Open Beta
Ubisoft wants as many people as possible to give Skull and Bones a go when it comes to its open beta. This is a good sign for those who are skeptical about whether it will be worth playing or not. For what it’s worth, we think it is going to be huge, but why listen to us when you can give it a go yourself? While it may not be smooth sailing, it is a beta after all, it gives the players and devs a chance to see the game perform in a real-world setting so any last bugs can be ironed out.
What is in the Skull and Bones Open Beta?
While you will be able to do many things in the Open Beta, it is important to remember that it is not the full Skull and Bones experience here. You will be able to sail, not so much the seven seas, but a corner of the game at least, try out a few ships, safe in the knowledge that any progression you do make will be carried over to the game proper, which is a bit unusual for a beta test.
Skull and Bones Preload times
The game has just gone live for pre-loading, so you can grab it now and jump straight in the second it opens up. We advise pre-loading just because, as with anything like this, the servers are likely to be hammered at launch time, and you should do anything you can to mitigate waiting times.
Skull and Bones Open Beta – when does it start and finish?
You will only have a window of a few days to get your pirating in, so if you want to maximize your playtime, set your reminders for these dates.
Open Beta Begins
- 7 February 2024, 6 PM (PT)
- 8 February 2024, 2 AM (GMT)
Open Beta Ends
- 11 February 2024, 3 PM (PT)
- 11 February 2024, 11 PM (GMT)
How to play the Open Beta
You can play the Skull and Bones beta for free via Ubisoft Connect or Epic Game Store. If you can’t see it in the free games section and want to download it in advance, search for Skull and Bones. We looked on the Epic Game Store and found it listed there, but to download it and pre-install you must add it to your cart (free) and check out. It will then give you the option to install your new content. You obviously will not be able to play until the 8th though.
Skull and Bones Beta Rewards
Ubisoft is offering some cosmetic incentives for helping them test the seaworthiness of Skul and Bones, so by playing the beta you can pick up these rewards.
- Sir Reginald Grim Sail emblem – Reach Tier 2
- Tarred Sail pattern – Reach Tier 4
- Sign Language emote – Reach Tier 6
- ‘Cookie’ the lemur pet – Use a medium ship
- ‘Basilisk I’ Culverin weapon – Participate in a world event
We will see you on the High Seas.