How to play the Skull and Bones open beta
How to play the Skull and Bones open beta
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How to play the Skull and Bones open beta

Another beta right before launch

Skull and Bones is launching worldwide in a few days after years of hardships and delays. However, before that happens, an open beta is taking place that lets players experience the opening hours of Skull and Bones without having to spend a dime.

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The open beta is ideally to let players see if they should buy Ubisoft’s new pirate game or not. You can play the beta, decide for yourself, and then choose to buy the game at launch or pass it up depending on your experience. If you’re planning on playing the beta, then you need to see how and where to download it so you’re ready when Skull and Bones officially goes live.

Playing the Skull and Bones open beta

With this being an “open” beta, you don’t have to pre-order a specific edition of Skull and Bones or pay any kind of entry fee to play the early access version. Instead, all you have to do is download the beta application from your system’s marketplace.

Screenshot via Upcomer/Ubisoft Connect

If you’re on PC, you can download the beta from either Ubisoft Connect or Epic Games Store. Ubisoft Connect is Ubisoft’s own launcher application that you can download while Epic Games Store is the only other marketplace Skull and Bones is available on at launch. If you’re a Steam player, you’ll have to download either one of these applications to play Skull and Bones.

Once you’re signed into either application, simply look under the “Free Games” section of the marketplace. Or, you can just search for Skull and Bones and the beta should pop up. Ubisoft Connect also has a dedicated tab for the beta. From here, download the beta and wait until Feb. 8 to start playing.

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For consoles, either Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation 5, you can search for the Skull and Bones beta in either the Microsoft Store or the PlayStation Store. Once again, just download the beta application and wait until the beta goes live.

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