Cranium and Bones, Ubisoft’s oft-delayed open-world on-line pirate online game, is sort of right here. To rejoice that reality, the sport obtained a flowery new launch trailer. As you would possibly count on for a recreation initially scheduled to launch lower than a 12 months after Obama left the White Home, this isn’t its first trailer. Not even shut.
In two days, Cranium and Bones will lastly be playable for all when it launches its open beta on February 8. After which, a bit over every week later, it will likely be formally launched, after a decade of improvement, promotion, and delays. It was initially meant to be out in 2018. Nevertheless it missed that date by over 5 years. And through that very long time, Ubisoft needed to hold doing what each huge AAA writer should do: Launch new trailers and movies on your upcoming recreation to get folks excited. The issue is, after the higher a part of a decade, Ubisoft has now revealed 29 movies, trailers, teasers, bulletins, and dev diaries.
Discovering all of the movies Ubisoft has revealed for Cranium and Bones (initially generally known as Cranium & Bones) is a bit tough. It appears the writer has tried to wash some older movies from sure Ubisoft channels and pages, however you possibly can nonetheless discover movies from 2017 when you go searching. I primarily used Ubisoft’s main YouTube account and an inactive North American-focused Ubisoft YouTube channel which had older content material.
I counted any video that contained the world trailer or teaser. I additionally counted gameplay overviews, dev diaries, and movies showcasing endgame content material or options. I didn’t depend each model of every trailer (Ubisoft uploads in a number of languages for various areas) and I additionally didn’t depend each single promo video for the sport, like these showcasing when a celeb was introduced in to play, clips uploaded to TikTok/YouTube Shorts, or when the devs did a livestream of the beta.
Even with this standards in place, I landed at, by my depend, 29 movies selling the sport. I feel the precise quantity might be a bit larger, as a minimum of one playlist Ubisoft created for the pirate sim is lacking a video. I think about others have been eliminated over time as the sport’s messy, prolonged improvement—it began life as an Murderer’s Creed IV: Black Flag DLC in 2013—has led to many, many adjustments.
Wanting by all of the promotional movies and trailers, I noticed one thing humorous: It seems that over the previous couple of years, because the hype practice has been began up after which shut down for every new delay, Ubisoft has created new spins on the favored writer style of “Devs speak in regards to the recreation in a structured format.” There was The Deck, The Ship Log, and most just lately, a brand new Dev Diary collection.
Scrolling by over half a decade of trailers and movies for a single recreation is wild. You may see Ubisoft tweaking its message, dropping the ampersand, making the brand extra shiny and colourful, and re-marketing the sport as a giant open-world pirate factor as a substitute of a gritty PvP-filled historic battle simulator.
I feel lots of triple-A video video games get overmarketed and by the point they really land, after delays and a dozen trailers, it’s laborious to not already really feel burned out. Cranium and Bones is perhaps essentially the most egregious instance but. It feels as if I’ve spent a big chunk of my life overlaying, fascinated with, or writing tales on Cranium and Bones. And, after nearly eight years of trailers, adverts, teasers, and dev diaries, it seems: Yeah. I’ve achieved precisely that.
Ubisoft’s Cranium and Bones lastly launches on February 16 on Xbox Collection X/S, PS5 and PC. It will likely be accessible three days early for these prepared to pay the writer’s ransom price. Let’s simply hope the servers work.