skull and bones playtest kicks off today and here’s how to find out if you’re in

Are you in, sir?

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Another playtest for Skull & Bones is being held to give the game one last polish before release, and you could get to participate.

We have been anxiously awaiting the release of Skull & Bones ever since it was initially shown at E3 2017. A few gamers have already seen the game in advance thanks to the Insider Program and the Skull & Bones beta. The game is scheduled to debut on November 8. Although the beta is accessible on all platforms, the Insider Program is only available on PC. And you could already have a playtest invitation for this weekend.


The Skull and Bones playtest kicks off today, September 16, and went live in the early hours of this morning. It wraps up on Sunday, September 18 at 7pm PT / 10pm ET which is Monday, September 19 at 3am BST / 12pm AEST. If you want in, here’s what you need to do. 

How to join the Skull and Bones playtest

Sign up

Unless you’ve cracked the secret to time travel, you may have already fallen at the first hurdle. And that was registering your interest on the Skull and Bones Live site. Of course, there’s still time for more testing between now and November 8, but that’s not a guarantee. Twitter leaker Tom Henderson says this playtest “is to help the developers ‘finish polishing the game’.” And you can never have too much polish.


Check your email

If you already registered and forgot all about it, like I did, go check your email! My inbox had an email from Skull and Bones with the subject “confirmation: technical test.” So have a search of your own inbox to see if you made the cut. 

Accept the NDA


Before you can take to the high seas, you need to sign an NDA. A strict NDA, says the email. Click through the link to find the NDA, have a read, and if that all sits well with you, go ahead and accept! You also have the opportunity to reconfirm your platform of choice, or change it if need be. I registered for the PS5 Skull and Bones playtest and it remembered my choice, so it was all very straightforward. 

Get your download code  

You can either sit tight and wait for your code to come in via email, or follow the link in your email again to find the code on the site. Then just redeem it in the storefront for your platform and wait for it to download. As soon as it’s done, you can hop in. 


Hopefully, the playtest will give you enough of an idea of what’s in store to decide if you want to pick up Skull and Bones when it releases in November. Of course, there’s the price to take into account.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has dropped the bombshell that Skull and Bones – along with the publisher’s other triple-A titles – will be priced at $70. Speaking to Axios, Guillemot said that “some of the games will come at the same price as the competition. The big triple-A games will come at $70.”

Despite the fact that the situations are different, Sony is presently facing legal action for charging comparable pricing for its video games. But regardless of how that lawsuit turns out, if everyone jumps on board, we’ll still be paying more.




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