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Skull & Bones Launch Leads to Assassins Creed: Black Flag Revival

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

Ubisoft's recent release of Skull & Bones on February 16 has elicited a variety of reactions from the gaming community, especially from those who have been eagerly anticipating its launch after numerous delays. Despite the excitement, the consensus among many gamers is that the long wait for Skull & Bones may not have been justified.

In an interesting turn of events, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag experienced a resurgence on Steam shortly after the release of Skull & Bones. Gamers have been returning to the 2013 hit to embody a character they feel truly captures the essence of piracy.

While a remake of Black Flag is on the horizon, it won't be available for some time. Gamers looking for their pirate fix had high hopes that Skull & Bones would fill the void. However, with the game now available worldwide, it appears that it hasn't lived up to those expectations. Instead, players are gravitating back to Black Flag, a game over a decade old, which has seen a significant increase in player count on Steam, peaking at over 3,500 players recently. This surge highlights the game's enduring popularity and its status as one of the most beloved entries in the Assassin’s Creed series.


To give a clearer picture, here's how Black Flag's resurgence compares to other Assassin’s Creed titles on Steam at the moment:

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (2020) – 2,081 players
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (2018) – 4,014 players
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins (2017) – 1,610 players
  • Assassin’s Creed III Remastered (Originally 2012) – 245 players

This spike in interest for Black Flag raises the question: Has the release of Skull & Bones prompted you to revisit the classic pirate adventure?

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