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Does Skull and Bones have land combat?

If you’re looking to captain a pirate ship in Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones, you’ll definitely want to know if combat on land is an option.

Skull and Bones is not for landlubbers. You'll find yourself sailing the Indian ocean, and only stepping foot on solid ground to interact with other characters, barter, or find treasure. There's no land combat in Skull and Bones. Only naval battles in the vast blue sea when this game launches.

Skull and Bones does not feature land combat

You can captain and customize your own ship (Image via Ubisoft)
You can captain and customize your own ship (Image via Ubisoft)

As the so-called spiritual successor to Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, you might be disappointed at the lack of land combat in Skull and Bones. Fighting in PvP, pulling off heists, and most mission objectives take place from the helm of your ship.

Naval combat can get intense in Skull and Bones (Image via Ubisoft)
Naval combat can get intense in Skull and Bones (Image via Ubisoft)

There are multiple hubs in Skull and Bones for you to shake off the sea legs. That's as far as it goes, though. You can't aim a pistol, swing a sword, or even board a ship. In fact, the latter is just a short cutscene that shows your crewmates pulling enemy ships in and looting.

There's plenty of land to traverse, just no combat to be found there (Image via Ubisoft)
There's plenty of land to traverse, just no combat to be found there (Image via Ubisoft)

You could look at it from both sides, as a good or a bad thing. On one hand, it may take away from the full "pirate experience" players are hoping for. On the other hand, it keeps things from getting too complicated, by just having one form of combat in the game.

Will there ever be land combat?

This is a great question that many prospective Skull and Bones fans have asked. Will Skull and Bones ever have land combat? This is unknown, but very unlikely. It is not the premise of the game, though Ubisoft could add it in at any point as a surprise.

The full Year 1 roadmap for Skull and Bones (Image via Ubisoft)
The full Year 1 roadmap for Skull and Bones (Image via Ubisoft)

A roadmap was delivered prior to launch that showcased the first year's worth of content drops. You can expect additional world events, more infamous pirates to meet, and tons of new cosmetics for your character and your ship. But nowhere did they mention any update that might include land combat.

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