8. Skull and Bones
After Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag proved there’s a modern market for pirate-based shenanigans in games, it was no surprise to see Ubisoft eventually develop the ship-based aspect into its own dedicated property. With both a single-player campaign and multiplayer ship-to-ship battles in disputed waters, this lets players scrap over dominance in the Indian Ocean. While it could just prove to be a more serious take on Rare’s excellent Sea of Thieves, there’s room on the ocean for both – and some competition between the two could prove to be a rising tide lifting both boats.