Sea of Thieves announces March launch date for PC and Xbox One

Well this is a bit of welcome news before the year rounds out! Rare finally announced a launch date for Sea of Thieves: March 20th, 2018. That’s for both PC and Xbox One.

The announcement came in the form of a new trailer that gives a quick overview of the general gameplay and quirkiness that comes with this pirate title. We are especially excited about the quick bit where they showed a rapid succession of cosmetic outfits — because a buccaneer has to look fashionable, after all!

Pre-orders will get into a January five-day closed beta and secure a Black Dog pack for the live game. Get pumped up with the launch trailer below (and say hello to the chicken when you do so)!

Source: Xbox blog, Twitter. Thanks Feydakin!
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Sorenthaz

Still waiting to hear about monetization before I take the plunge, which is painful because I love this game so much otherwise.

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Loopy

I believe it will be a simple B2P. The initial price is pretty steep though ($79 CAD), and probably one of the main reasons why i won’t be buying it at launch.

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Sorenthaz

*shrug* For me it’s $60 USD which is standard of AAA games these days. I’ll still wait for awhile though since there’s some months away, and I’m a Pioneer so I don’t have to worry about buying my way into the closed beta.

Also I would be genuinely surprised if they don’t bring out bigger deluxe editions or something that give more fancy stuff.

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Loopy

I would agree for AAA games. But as much as i like the idea of Sea of Thieves, i don’t consider it to be AAA based on what i’ve seen so far. It’s a fun game, and i’m only judging it based on the brief time i spent in alpha, but so far it’s very limited in terms of features, and i’m worried that whatever it ends up launching with may not justify that price point.

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possum440 .

Quote: “Microsoft executive Phil Spencer said last year on an IGN Podcast that Sea of Thieves was not an MMO. Instead, he labels it as “group co-operative gameplay”.

Session based, nothing is persistent. Win 10 only for PC. so unless you upgrade and want to play you are sol. Also, NOT free to play.

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Armsbend

Not being free to play is a stamp of approval.

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Sorenthaz

Eh, rather have B2P with less hostile microtransactions than F2P with nothing but MTXes thrown in your face.

Also while this game is indeed session-based, there are persistent elements that will likely be expanded on over time, and this game is still pretty damn unique. It’s not an MMO by any means but it does have MMO vibes to an extent. Overall the game has a ton of promise and looks/feels great.

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Siphaed

1) Why expect every game to be Free-2-Play? Of course it isn’t, because the developers have to be paid for their craft. F2P is a lie anyways, because the cost is tons of lootboxes, cash shops, or other means as way to pay for the game otherwise.

2) So what if it isn’t persistent. It’s still supposed to be a fun game. MMORPG doesn’t have the word “persistent” in it, just Massive (yep) Multiplayer (yep) Online (yep) Role Playing Game (yarrr, as pirates). So the sessions are less time-sinky as traditional, but still qualifies as a new-aged MMORPG.

3) Windows 10 as a requirement is not something new. Many got Win10 as a free upgrade from previous versions. To hold this as a negative would be on par to saying that “it requires a duel-core processor? I’m appalled that my single-core 2ghz from a decade ago won’t work!”. It’s basically a complaint of those who aren’t target audiences anyways, because they fail to progress with the rest.

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Humble DG

I agree with all of those point except number two. It’s not a massive multiplayer game when it’s limited in that type of match play. It’s just an online multiplayer game, not a massive one. Massive is defining the number of players in the same world, this is not that.

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Sorenthaz

Well Rare still has a lot of things to unveil before launch so there could be more persistent elements coming eventually. One of the big things they’ve said a lot about on the Insider forums is the idea of live events and so on, so we’ll see if those actually happen.

Also there is some persistence in the sense that your character is persistent with everything you’ve collected/earned. It sounds like this may be fleshed out more and more as time goes on.

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Thomas Zervogiannis

I did not understand all of his statements as a criticism, though I could be wrong. I would actually take B2P as an advantage myself, as I have seen many B2P models be less greedy than F2P.

But Win10 as a requirement IS a disadvantage, given (1) the fact that Win7 is still under extended support by Microsoft till 2020 (2) given that many people despise Win10 considering it going backwards in a few fronts, for really valid reasons.

Interesting read on that (mildly technical): https://itvision.altervista.org/why-windows-10-sucks.html

And this comes from someone working with computers as a professional, and grudgingly using Win10 as a main OS right now due to gaming.

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camelotcrusade

Lol, that header. The only reason I clicked, even though I already saw it. I wanted to see it again.

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Siphaed

I’ll only play it if Conker is an available pirate skin to purchase through a DLC lockbox that has a .99% drop rate…..

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Thomas Zervogiannis

Fantastic news! I was looking forward to this launch, I will definitely try it out. Wishing their team good luck for the final sprint and the launch.

Now I need to figure out how to deal with yet another shiny game in the “need to play” list and my limited time: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overchoice :D

Also, what’s up with the chicken?

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Sorenthaz

Probably will have some sort of delivery mission with caging and transporting chickens.

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Humble DG

Is this really an MMO? In the beta, I thought the feedback was that this was more of a match making system with only a select number of players on the map. So, it actually played more like a Battlefront type of scenario. I may be wrong, but that was the impression that I got and I was disappointed when I found it was not a traditional MMO setup but rather match making system.

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johnwillo

Probably not, by strict definition. Massively OP covers other news of interest to MMO players, which includes games like Sea of Thieves. I know that I am very interested in SoT.

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Humble DG

I understand the part that Massively covers things outside of MMOs, but this really isn’t much more than a simple match making system. And that part, is what I’m disappointed with. I think the game could have been a lot more, but I feel it’s been limited. I guess I was hoping for a pirate MMO but it didn’t become that. Don’t get me wrong that I think the game looks good and probably will be fun for folks, but I was just hoping for something else.

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johnwillo

“Yo ho, yo ho, an MMO for me!”

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Paul Hurtado

One of the few new MMO style games I’m truly excited about, of for no other reason than pirates! ;)

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Alex Malone

Still undecided about this one. I love the trailers, the humour and the overall idea for the game, but the minute to minute gameplay is a bit all over the place.

I also get a bit worried that the game is almost 100% group based but I’ve not seen much about social tools in the game. I mean, I will want my own ship, but I imagine most other people will too.

More research required I think!

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johnwillo

I get the feeling that ships are very transient objects in the game… they seem to get destroyed a lot. They do have single-player ships. I expect to be running into a lot of reefs, solo.

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Thomas Zervogiannis

Ships being disposable could also play well with good crafting/building/economy systems (a la “Worlds Adrift”/”Dual Universe”) further down the line in this game development to attract a truly diverse player base. Not sure how “MMO”ish the game is to support these. Need to also research some more.

In any case, I am definitely excited for this launch! :)

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Armsbend

About time god damn it. Now for important part we have to check each and every new release: the monetization.