Skull and Bones live test: how to sign-up for the beta

Skull and Bones live test: A pirate ship with red sails and wooden spikes travels the sea
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The Skull and Bones live test is on the way later this year, and players will finally get the chance to jump into the pirate ship battling game ahead of its release.

Ubisoft has finally taken the lid off of Skull and Bones, revealing a ton of details about the game’s future, including a November 8 release date. That’s great to hear, as the title has been stuck in development limbo for years, initially being announced all the way back at E3 2017. However, it seems the end of development is finally in sight. And you'll have a chance to try it out soon.

As part of the reveal, Ubisoft let on that the game is getting a couple of betas across PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PS5. This should give players a chance to finally get hands-on with the game, and give the development team valuable feedback.

There’s currently no word on exactly when players will be able to play the Skull and Bones live test, but if you're interested in trying it, it’s worth getting in early to sign up for the beta. That way, if Ubisoft let people in by date registered, you'll have the best chance possible. Here’s everything you need to know about signing up for the beta. 

Skull and Bones live test

How to sign up to the Skull and Bones live test

Signing up for the live test is a fairly easy process, and something you can do in a minute, so it’s well worth doing so if you have any interest in playing the game. 

First of all, head over the to live test sign-up page. Once here, you'll be prompted to select the console you’d like to play the game on. You can choose between the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Once you’ve highlighted the platform you want, hit the ‘Register’ button.

After this, you'll be prompted to sign in to your Ubisoft account, or an Xbox, PlayStation, Facebook or Twitch alternative. If you don’t have a Ubisoft account, you can easily make one on the official site. Just select ‘Create An Account’, and fill in your information. 

Now that you're signed in to your account, you should be registered and good to go. There’s no timeline set for the live test, or any indication on how many will be let in, so now you just have to play the waiting game. 

What is the Skull and Bones live test?

There is another way to play Skull and Bones early and more often. However, it seems like it's a very exclusive club. The Insider Program, which you can sign up for on the Skull and Bones website, is an ongoing testing initiative that's exclusive to a small group of players. 

This is currently PC only, and anyone who is invited to the exclusive initiative has to sign a non-disclosure agreement and promise to play regularly in designated sessions. 

This looks to be a step above the live tests and requires some stricter rule adherence and participation. However, if you're really committed to Skull and Bones, this seems like a great way to get involved… if you're lucky enough to be invited, of course.

Patrick Dane
Gaming Guides Editor

Patrick Dane is TechRadar Gaming's Guides Editor. With nearly a decade in the games press, he's been a consistent voice in the industry. He's written for a plethora of major publications and travelled the world doing it. He also has a deep passion for games as a service and their potential to tell evolving stories. To wit, he has over 2000 hours in Destiny 2, over 1000 in Overwatch and is now deeply into Valorant.