Regardless of being a live-service multiplayer sport, Cranium & Bones can be priced at $70 when it’s launched subsequent week and won’t be a free-to-play sport. In its newest monetary earnings name, Ubisoft has defined why the sport has adopted a premium slightly than a free-to-play mannequin.
Cranium & Bones is a “quadruple-A sport”
Through the financial earnings call, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot was requested why Cranium & Bones could be a $70 sport, probably limiting the scale of its participant base versus if the sport had adopted a free-to-play mannequin. Guillemot replied that Cranium & Bones is a “quadruple-A sport” whose scale is sufficiently big to justify the value tag:
You will notice that Cranium and Bones is a fully-fledged sport. It’s a really huge sport, and we really feel that individuals will actually see how huge and full that sport is. It’s a very full, triple… quadruple-A sport, that may ship in the long term.
Ubisoft’s post-launch plans for the primary 12 months of launch embrace 4 seasons of content material that pit gamers towards Legendary Pirate Lords like Philippe La Peste and the Hubac Twins. Different challenges embrace Service provider Convoys, Elite Warships, and different predators, with the larger challenges resulting in larger rewards. There will even be free time-limited occasions with extra loot on supply.
The writer expects Cranium & Bones to be one of many causes for file annual web bookings throughout the subsequent monetary quarter. Ubisoft additionally stays assured within the efficiency of Prince of Persia: The Misplaced Crown whereas upcoming free-to-play multiplayer shooter XDefiant is anticipated to make a restricted contribution after its launch this 12 months.
The Cranium & Bones open beta begins as we speak, February 8, and it’s the one time gamers are going to get to attempt the sport free of charge earlier than its launch. Till February 11, gamers on PS5, Xbox Collection X|S, and PC can earn 5 unique rewards like distinctive ship cosmetics, an emote, a weapon, and a Pandal Lemur pet. Development is capped at Infamy Tier 6, however this may be carried over to the total sport when it’s launched on February 16.