Skull & Bones open beta start times & how to play

Skull & Bones open beta start times & how to play
Images via Ubisoft

Written by 

Tarran Stockton


26th Jan 2024 11:00


The tide is rising again as Skull & Bones approaches its open beta period, and hopefully, its full release - but how can you take part, and what are the beta start times?

Skull & Bones has been on player's radars for nearly seven years now, with it first being revealed in 2017. It's been a rocky road since then, with numerous delays and direction changes, but 2024 seems to be the year it's finally arriving. 

If you're looking to try the game out during its open beta to see what all the dev time has led to, check out when you can begin playing below.

Skull & Bones open beta start times

The Skull & Bones open beta is set to begin on February 8 at 2 am GMT. It will then run for just under four days, ending on February 12 at 11 am GMT.

Check out the rest of the start times for other time zones in the table below:

Timezone Start Time
GMT 2 am (Feb 8)
CET 3 am (Feb 8)
PT 1 am (Feb 7)
ET 4 am (Feb 7)
AET 10 am (Feb 8)

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How to play the open beta

As an open beta, anyone can play Skull & Bones from the above times, but the process is slightly different depending on your platform. 

a ship battle in Skull & bones
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For PC players, using either Ubisoft Connect or the Epic Games Store, you can find the beta in the relevant launcher by navigating to the 'Free Games' section. 

For Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 players, you'll need to search Skull & Bones on the store and download it.

As the game is confirmed to be 65 GB, I recommend getting in on the preload 24 hours before the beta goes live so you have enough time to download before playing. 

Check out our Skull & Bones homepage for more guides on the upcoming game. Otherwise, here's our hub for the game, covering everything we know so far.

Tarran Stockton
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Tarran Stockton
Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.
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