Ubisoft's upcoming tactical pirate adventure game Skull & Bones is being developed into a TV show adaptation before the game releases later this year. The company initially announced Skull & Bones in 2017. The game, which takes inspiration from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, allows for players to take on the role of pirates with their own personalized pirate ships. Players can then take those ships into battle while competing in both PvE and PvP combat.
The title allows players to create a pirate empire, establish hideouts and recruit members in their quest to own the high seas. There are heists to indulge in, with players having the chance to play solo or with teams. Players can even betray their teammates in true pirate fashion by refusing to share loot gained in such missions by taking all the booty for themselves. The world of Skull & Bones is an open one, allowing ambitious pirates to try and claim whatever they can.
Skull & Bones is set for a 2019 release, but before it hits stores, Ubisoft has other plans as THR reports the company will create a TV series based on the game. Ubisoft teamed with Atlas Entertainment to adapt Skull & Bones into a show that will follow female pirates in the "lawless frontier of the Indian Ocean" during the 1700s. Amanda Segel (The Mist) will write the pilot and executive produce, along with several others. Danielle Kreinik, one of the show's other executive producers and Ubisoft's director of development for television, said: "Ubisoft is known for creating innovative video games that combine immense worlds with rich narratives."
Ubisoft had initially planned for Skull & Bones to release in 2018, but the game was delayed to give the company more time to focus on more prominent titles, particularly Tom Clancy's The Division 2, which releases in March. That title is already seeing its share of controversy, though, thanks to a confusing release schedule. Ubisoft also doesn't have a very good reputation when it comes to live-action adaptations. Although Assassin's Creed finally got a film adaptation starring Michael Fassbender in 2016, the film was widely criticized by fans of the game franchise, as well as by critics.
Ubisoft taking a chance on an unproven game by investing in a TV series based on it hardly makes much sense, but perhaps the idea is to get fans more interested in the game. It's unlikely the show will cover territory not already covered by Starz' Black Sails, but some might argue that one can never have too many pirates on TV. Perhaps its focus on female pirates will set the series apart.