Graphics aren’t Everything, but this is Just Embarrassing for Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones

"But it has more As. How can this be?!"

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  • Fans compare graphics in newly-released Skull and Bones to 2013's Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.
  • The graphics in the game are worse than Black Flag and players are baffled over how Ubisoft is going backwards with every title.
  • Skull and Bones has been criticized for several things including gameplay, character models, sound design, and more.
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Skull and Bones, the action-adventure title from Ubisoft Singapore and published by Ubisoft finally launched on February 16, 2024, and it hasn’t got the reception the developers would have hoped. The game has been criticized for several reasons such as combat, gameplay, storyline, and more.


While that already sounds pretty bad for a game that has been more than ten years in development, it gets worse as players have noticed Skull and Bones has worse graphics than Ubisoft’s titles that were released over a decade ago. This has made fans criticize the developer as it keeps going backward with its newly released titles.

Skull and Bones Graphics Is Worse Than the Decade Old Assassin’s Creed Game

Facial animation and character models in Skull and Bones are a huge step backward.
Facial animation and character models in Skull and Bones are a huge step backward.

For those unaware, Skull and Bones went into development as an expansion to the critically acclaimed Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, but was then turned into an independent title.


The game was first announced in 2017, but went into development hell and faced multiple delays. Even after all of this, fans believed the game would be something special, but it does nothing new.

Fans have bashed the developers for multiple reasons and one of those is the graphics and facial animations. A player took to X/Twitter and compared the facial animation in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag released in 2013 to the animation in Skull and Bones and it’s awful.

This has left fans disappointed because Ubisoft has defended the game saying it’s a “quadruple-A” title. Players added that it does not make sense for the games released in recent times to have graphics worse than games released decades ago. A fan said that the company has no passion left. It’s sad to see Ubisoft go to this after giving players stunning titles in its popular franchises.


Players added that it is clearly a last-gen game and isn’t built for current-gen hardware. One player went on to add that the game has even fewer features than the Pirates of the Caribbean Online game that was released in 2007, and it is “hilariously sad.” Some fans said that it is usual “Ubisoft degradation” and all its modern games are “mediocre.”

The Graphics Aren’t the Only Thing Wrong With Skull and Bones

The game has several shortcomings that have upset the players.
The game has several shortcomings that have upset the players.

Skull and Bones was expected to be kind of a trend-setter for live-service games, but it has only got things wrong. The game has only disappointed players since the open beta, and the $70 price tag does not help with this feeling.

The title does not have any off-ship combat, arcade-like combat isn’t fun, no ship boarding gameplay, lackluster story and sound effects, and so much more. Gamers cannot use ropes to swing across ships, there isn’t even land-combat, and players cannot engage in fights on ships.


Moreover, the exciting harvesting of resource materials isn’t done manually, but instead from the ships. Players have called the game a “huge step backward” for Ubisoft, and it is only getting worse every day as players find new things they hate.

What are your thoughts about the graphics in Skull and Bones? Let us know in the comment section.


Written by Rohit Tiwari

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Rohit Tiwari is a Gaming Journalist and Editor at FandomWire. With a Master's degree in Mass Communication, Rohit combines academic insight with a passion for the games and the stories they tell. He is an ardent supporter of Real Madrid and when he's not busy playing games, you'll find him reading or idolizing the GOAT Cristiano Ronaldo.