Sea of Thieves: can it put Rare back on top?


Sea of Thieves is a game by Rare and Microsoft Studios, and while we only have a month to go before it hits the gaming scene for gamers and folks to try out, will it feature loot-boxes and other live services? One player could now sail a four-person galleon alone, using the game's "Make Friends" emote to manually gather a crew.

Rare has previously said it was aiming to get its necessary specs as low as possible, while still offering an "ultra" experience for high-end PCs, and the range of the specs bears that out. By essentially controlling the looks of players' characters, the developer can create game mechanics that change your a character's appearance.

In the meantime, here's everything you need to know about Rare's next big title. No, what's a Sea of Thieves way of doing it?

"It'll come back. It'll be fine!" If the player doesn't like any of the eight options, they can refresh for eight more. This would also give the player the ability to customize their ship.

The assertion comes from design director, Mike Chapman, who seems to consider loot boxes as "a form of gambling".

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And while Sea of Thieves is still a bigger version of the sandbox we explored last month, there will be a story to give the world a greater sense of goal.

The new game takes the format of a cartoon-style pirate adventure, with players teaming up with friends and strangers to look for treasure and battle giant sea creatures.

Pre-orders are open now on Amazon, with the base game costing £42 for the Xbox One, and £54 for PC. Sea of Thieves Executive Producer Joe Neate confirmed when microtransactions do become available, they will only include cosmetic changes and not gameplay upgrades.

Set to launch for Xbox One and Windows 10 on March 20, 2018, a recent datamine into the game's beta files discovered a premium marketplace. It will be a part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program so those that purchase it on one platform will own it on the other as well and be able to maintain their progress across both systems. Of course if you have a beast of a rig running at 4k/60, we've got you covered with the best looking "Great Water", and everything in between!