Sea of Thieves talks about closed beta preparations and future plans

    
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With the pre-orders going on, closed beta coming next week, and launch arriving in March, Sea of Thieves and its team has a lot to talk about in the first official Tales from the Tavern podcast this year.

A lot of late-2017 recapping kicks off the podcast, after which Rare segues into a talk about the closed beta. The studio hopes that players will talk it up, thanks to the lack of an NDA during the test, and it reminds testers that this doesn’t represent a full and complete build. The devs stressed that they are still hard at work trying to cram as much cool stuff into the game before launch and have plenty of post-launch ideas on the drawing room board.

Possible (but not confirmed) ideas for the future discussed included a fishing guild, more islands, a larger map, and adjustments to the social brig feature.

Are you eligible for the closed beta and raring (ahem) to go? Let us know in the comments what you want to get out of this limited test window!

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Within

I want to like this game but people are saying that it is pretty boring. Random quests with little or no consequence.

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Sorenthaz

I’ll wait to see what’s in the closed beta before I comment on anything. :x

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Mailvaltar

I’d so love to check this out. Alas, I’m a pretty hardcore ‘never change a running system’ kind of guy, which in this case means I’m still running good old Windows 7.
It would have to be a very, very special game to get me to use Win 10 anytime soon.

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deekay_000

windows 7 is eol and going to become a major security risk by 2020. if it’s not already. if no for other reason to upgrade to win10 and get on the marginal ux change and heavy improvements under the rug then that should be your reason to upgrade.

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Schmidt.Capela

Also, I believe the last of the free upgrade offers expires (or expired) today, and after that the upgrade costs are somewhere between $120 and $200 depending on your Windows version.

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deekay_000

a brand new copy costs about $140 cad oem (might as well be retail at this point) from walmart.

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Schmidt.Capela

OEM means you (theoretically) need to purchase it again if you change too many parts of the computer you activated the license on, which might be worth taking into account; I had to go through Microsoft’s support because my Windows 10 (upgraded for free from Windows 8 Pro Retail) was erroneously thinking it was OEM, so it lost its activation when I changed my motherboard, CPU, and memory.

Though for most people that doesn’t matter, as the typical PC buyer will purchase an already assembled system that comes with Windows pre-installed, and never mess with its internals until the whole system is replaced.

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deekay_000

i went from windows 7 oem through windows 10 via upgrade editions through multiple motherboards np.

typical pc gamer buys at most a prebuilt out of self selected hardware. the oem pc market has been shrinking for a decade while the overall pc gaming market has grown.

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Schmidt.Capela

If you used one of the promotions to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 (there were at least two, one costing $15, one costing $40) then your license got upgraded to a Pro Retail license in the process, which is indeed supposed to be transferable to new computers without issue.

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deekay_000

i started with win 7 ulti so i got downgraded. which not that big of a deal for me personally tho i’d be pissed if that $400 mattered that year.

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Schmidt.Capela

Actually, Win 7 Pro Retail cost more than Win 7 Ultimate OEM, so as far as price was concerned it was indeed an upgrade. Plus, the upgrade from OEM to Retail is going to be useful if you change your motherboard after upgrading to Windows 10, given its online license validation (which means you can’t move a Windows 10 OEM license from one computer to another, like you could with Windows 7 and Windows 8 if you didn’t care for the EULA).

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ofc win7 ulti retail cost more than oem. that’s sort of how it works.

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Crowe

My issue isn’t so much that I don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10… I have 10 and love it. It’s faster and more stable for me than 7 ever was. That said, Microsoft junked it up with a bunch of craptastic apps and I’m constantly removing, uninstalling, un-pinning to streamline things.

Is the Windows XBox client still required to play this? I guess that’s the modern equivalent of Games for Windows… That was one of the first things I uninstalled. I’m also using a local account rather than a Microsoft account for increased security — and don’t use the Microsoft Store at all. So unless Rare has built this game to be run as a standard install, I probably won’t be able to play it.

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Timber Toes

This game will have zero player retention. They avoided putting in the most simplistic but essential aspects of an MMO. Without a good progression system people will drown of repetitive boredom and leave. Devs take notice and learn from this mistake.

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>the most simplistic but essential aspects of an MMO.

in the context of this post i can only think that this would be ever enlargening floating numbers and hp numbers that you can use to rek newbz instantly with out them having a chance that would be completely at odds with what this game is and wants to be?

otherwise it does have progression, just not power based progression.

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Timber Toes

What it has is gameplay, not progression. Titles and cosmetic items are fluff. If you consider those “progression” then have fun and enjoy your two hours playing. Because after you’re all “fluffed out” you’re going to be scratching you head saying ” should I do representative quest #1, kill some players or play something else”.

When building a game your #1 priority is not content, it’s player retention. For every positive yourtube video you have at launch you’ll have 10 negative videos about how players think the game sucks. You have to keep them engaged with your original content until an expansion comes out. Their current content won’t do that.

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i would suggest that if you’re playing games for nothing more than a dopamine hit of higher numbers on your damage that maybe you’re playing games for the wrong reason.

tonnes of the most popular games don’t bother with that skinner box shit in that fashion and do quite well with cosmetics as progression.

i’m sure the usual influencers who feel they got scorned by not getting paid to promote w/e game it is this week will try to bring in views by hating on the game for reasons that make no sense given what the game is and tries to be just with every other game out there these days.

hey maybe you can get in on that by asking them for a “review” key to make your own shitty qq video complaining the game isn’t what you demand it to be in the most baseless way possible.

i’ve played alpha. there are potential complaints and pitfalls, but this isn’t really it.

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Armsbend

Is MJ getting in on this? If there are no plans, can she?

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deekay_000

if she doesn’t i’ll have a stream archive (probably unedited and uncut), including cross play with an xbone user.

got a tentative date set. not a purely FT affair either in this case.

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johnwillo

I want to see how much gameplay I can get to solo, as well as trying the group play. I want to see how melee combat feels. I’m confident that ship-to-ship combat will be adequate, but I’d like to be in a few battles just to enjoy the chaos. I’d like to see how shore-based NPC vendors (if any) work. I need to see if I can find a text-to-piratetalk mod.

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Ket Viliano

Ahoy me matey, thar be mods upon yon shores! Drop anchor, and let us row ashore.

;)