The Skull and Bones open beta is wrapping up, and early access is set to begin on Feb 13. Despite the impending launch, there are still a handful of bugs lingering, including one particularly frustrating issue that prevents players from accessing the game at all.
The “Failed to Join Game Session” error randomly pops up during loading, sending players back to the main menu. While the exact cause of this error isn’t clear, there are some simple steps you can take to resolve it quickly. Here’s what to do if you encounter the Failed to Join Game Session error in Skull and Bones.
Skull and Bones: Failed to Join Game Session error
The cause of this error isn’t well understood, which means there isn’t a straightforward fix. However, there are solutions that may work.
After experiencing this error myself, I found that a quick fix was to force quit the game and relaunch it. This simple action often resolves the issue and allows you to proceed.
How to fix the Failed to Join Game Session error
It’s likely that this error occurs when attempting to connect to a server times out. Since Skull and Bones is an always online game, connection errors are more common.
Restart Skull and Bones
If you encounter this error, the first step is to close the game and try again. Sometimes, this simple action can resolve the issue.
Check your network connectivity
Ensure that your network connection is stable by checking if you can access other online services. A stable connection doesn’t always guarantee access to Skull and Bones servers, but it’s a good starting point.
Run Skull and Bones as administrator
Verify that Skull and Bones has the necessary permissions to access servers by running it as an administrator. This can be done by right-clicking on the Ubisoft Connect or Epic Games Launcher and selecting “Run as Administrator.”
Check for corrupt files
If other methods fail, verify that your game installation isn’t corrupt by verifying the files in the Launcher’s Library or Manage page.
Blame everything on Ubisoft
If none of the above solutions work, the issue may lie with Ubisoft’s servers. This is frustrating, but not uncommon for online games, especially during launch periods.
In my experience, the Failed to Join Game Session error usually resolves after a few attempts, and as server issues are addressed, it should disappear entirely.