7 December 2023

Skull and Bones – Closed Beta 2


Hello Captains,

The route towards the waters of Skull and Bones is opening once again during our Closed Beta on PC (Ubisoft Connect & Epic), PS5 and Xbox X|S.

Be ready to test your mettle from the 15th to the 18th of December.


  • Access: Invitation only - see below for more information.

  • Platforms: PC (Ubisoft Connect & Epic), PS5, Xbox X|S

  • Preload: 12th December, 1 AM (PT) / 12th December, 10 AM (CET) / 12th December, 8 PM (AET)

  • Start: 14th December, 6 PM (PT) / 15th December, 3 AM (CET) / 15th December 1 PM (AET)

  • End: 18th December, 12 AM (PT) / 18th December, 9 AM (CET) / 18th December 7 PM (AET)

  • Time cap: 6 hours

  • Language: English only


For this Closed Beta, play time is limited to 6 hours and you may utilize the allocated time anytime between 15 Dec 2023 (3AM CET) to 18 Dec 2023 (9AM CET). 

The 6-hour time limit is only counted when you are in a Game Session (i.e., once you "Start Game" or "Continue Game").  Please note that idling in the menus when you are loaded into the game world will count towards your total play time as well. 

Once you exit the game, the counter will stop and you may resume playing as long as the Closed Beta is active, and if you are still within the 6-hour time limit.

Once your 6 hours are up, your play session will end, and the game will no longer be accessible.

[SAB] News - Closed Beta 2 - Timezone


If you are selected to participate in the Skull and Bones Closed Beta, you'll receive an invitation on your registered Ubisoft Connect email address. Check your spam folder in case the mail is redirected there.

All participants will be able to invite up to 2 of their friends to participate in the Closed Beta. Invited friends will need a registered Ubisoft Connect account.

To invite a friend:

  • In the confirmation email you received, select Invite My Friends.
  • Select Invite in the Ubisoft Connect friends list, next to your friend's username.
  • Your friend will receive the invitation to the email address associated with their Ubisoft account.


To be able to run the Closed Beta you will need to run it on a computer falling within these requirements:

[SAB] News - Closed Beta 2 - PC SPEC


Discover the Red Isle and the Coast of Africa

Located within the Red Isle is the pirate den of Sainte Anne. Ruled by John Scurlock, the local Kingpin you'll deal with as you start your rise to the top of the pirate world. This den is a safe zone where you can interact with other players, craft your ships, weapons, and equipment with the help of the skilled craftsmen who have made their home here. You'll be able to access a warehouse to store your loot, repair your ship, sell the commodities you liberated from rich merchants, and more.

Explore the Red Isles, the Coast of Africa as well as the Open Seas during the Closed Beta, as you meet the different factions present in-game and face them peacefully or turn against them in-combat.

While doing so, keep a lookout for opportunities to grow your infamy and riches, as well as hidden areas where you can drop your anchor to stock up on ammunition or interact with vendors to fulfil contracts or buy rare items.

Be sure to plot your course wisely though, or you'll face mutiny from your crew if you wander out of bounds.

Golden Path Contracts, time limit and Infamy tiers

As you find your sea legs in the world of Skull and Bones, the most direct path forward will be Golden Path Contracts. These contracts will act as a guide as you build your reputation and discover more about the world. These are marked with this icon:

[SAB] News - Closed Beta 2 - GOLDEN PATH 1

[SAB] News - Closed Beta 2 - GOLDEN PATH 2

But we highly encourage you to go off the beaten path and forge your pirate adventure!

For the Closed Beta, you will be able to play and experience the world of Skull and Bones for 6 hours in total. You'll have plenty of loot to hunt down, and activities to complete. Make full use of your Logbook, and the Journal in the Map tab to pin and track activities!

[SAB] News - Closed Beta 2 - SEA MONSTER

In addition, keep an eye out for these icons to engage with various activities:

Side contracts[SAB] News - Closed Beta 2 - SIDE CONTRACT 1

[SAB] News - Closed Beta 2 - SIDE CONTRACT 2
Repeatable contracts[SAB] News - Closed Beta 2 - REPEATABLE CONTRACTS 1

[SAB] News - Closed Beta 2 - REPEATABLE CONTRACTS 2
Bounty contracts[SAB] News - Closed Beta 2 - BOUNTY CONTRACTS 1

[SAB] News - Closed Beta 2 - BOUNTY CONTRACTS 2
World Event[SAB] News - Closed Beta 2 - WORLD EVENT

There is so much more to explore, but we'll let you discover which secrets hide themselves in the storm!

Closed Beta Participation Rewards

[SAB] News - Closed Beta 2 - REWARDS

Closed Beta participants will be able to unlock a set of exclusive rewards for use at launch.

Skull and Bones Welcome FireworkPlay the full 6 hours
Pioneer Set (Ship Vanity Set) consisting of:
• Pioneer’s Sails (Sail Color)
• Voyager’s Hues (Hull Color)
• Pioneer's Motifs (Sail Pattern)
• Pioneer’s Emblem (Ship Emblem)
• The Pioneer (Ship Plate)
Complete a World Event

World Events can be identified using this icon on the map:
[SAB] News - Closed Beta 2 - WORLD EVENT
Spoken For EmoteCraft and Sail a Bedar


The Skull and Bones Closed Beta is not under NDA as such we encourage players to stream their game sessions.

You can also discover the world of Skull and Bones by watching your favourite streamers overcome the odds as they attack a fort or in their search for legendary treasures.

The photo mode is also implemented in game, so feel free to share screenshots of your favourite outpost, animal, pirate outfit. You'll have plenty of settings to take advantage of to immortalise the best moments of your rise to Kingpin.

If you feel the call of the sea and wish to be more involved in the world of Skull and Bones, do not hesitate to sign up for the Insider Program. The Insider Program Is an on-going live testing initiative where selected players play different iterations of the game in real condition.

If that sounds like something you want to get involved in, you can get more info and apply here.


Devblog: Loadout Customisation

Devblog: Combat Preparation

Devblog: Plundering Forts and Settlements

Devblog: Strategizing Your Attack

Devblog: Sailing in Style

Devblog: Crafting Your Rise to Infamy


We're excited to see you battling your way across the high seas, and encourage you to share about your adventures and exploits on any of the following platforms:

Twitter, use the hashtag #SnBClosedBeta and #LongLivePiracy to make sure we can track your comments.


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