Sea of Thieves will make your character for you

As an online multiplayer RPG, Sea of Thieves is making its own playbook instead of copy-and-pasting features and structure directly from other games. One such deviation from contemporary MMOs is that the pirate title will not let players mix-and-match their own character’s visuals when starting up a new game.

You read that right.

Instead, Sea of Thieves will randomly generate a handful of swarthy sea dogs from various options, giving players the choice to select one or roll up a fresh batch of Frankenpirates. This design choice is very deliberate, as Rare wants players to embrace crazy-looking characters instead of striving for perfection: “We want people to think, this is my very own Rare-created pirate character. It will encourage players to pick a character who wouldn’t normally be a character they would create in a character creator. It’s not about just making ourselves.”

We have it on good authority that Rare is planning a scale test that will run this weekend from February 16th through the 18th.

Source: Eurogamer. Thanks DK!
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Meanie

This blows. There are so many games I can’t enjoy for the reason I’m forced into a gender or character lock and I am excited for this game too.

k2apa
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k2apa

This is because the Game World is Open Map, there is almost no Loading (only Load is after death and respawn)

They do this as less unique custom objects are the in the world and more pre-sets makes the game render faster and a lot less Lag from Loading.

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Chestnut Bowl

This is such a turn-off. I hope they change their minds.

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Mewmew

So great, I’d get sit there pressing “re-roll” and hoping the random look generator rolls up what I want this time around for hours on end rather than just design the look I want outright. 1 – That type of system isn’t new and 2, it also isn’t enjoyable.

That the Dev team thinks this is a good idea that they are excited about tells me that this is probably a game I should give a very wide berth to.

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John Mclain

That’s one incredibly stupid decision. Who greenlit this idea? Gotta say this game just plummeted to “I think I may pass” on my interest scale.

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Kailin Dart

Yup, I was super interested, now this game moved to my “Nope” list.

Duey Bear
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Duey Bear

Yeah… probably not buying…

hurbster
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hurbster

I can’t design my own pirate ? Well, that made my ‘purchase or not’ dilemma easy.

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Melissa McDonald

Somehow I can sorta hear Celine Dion singing “My Heart Will Go On” softly as this ship sinks beneath the waves on its maiden voyage.

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Sorenthaz

Tl;dr they’re crunching for time so they’re taking every shortcut they can.

I feel like this is going to turn off people more than anything, because having to keep rolling away until you find something that looks good for you is… yeah. That’s a very lazy answer and the logic behind it simply doesn’t make sense until you realize that this game is 33 days away from release and it’s almost certain that they don’t actually have a proper UI/etc. built for character customization.

Makes me sad because every indication is pointing to this game being rushed out the door and it doesn’t look like there’s enough content (based on the beta) to keep it sailing for more than a few weeks unless Rare plops down some massive content drops. What’ll probably end up happening is a majority of PvE players will get bored, the rest will end up being cannibalized by the PvP-hungry morons because there are no deterrents/consequences.

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Kayweg

Odd decision, they better not come half a year after release and try to sell some character customization DLC.
Coz that’s what it smells like to me.