Sea of Thieves may have microtransactions, but it will never have lootboxes

In Sea of Thieves, your character is a pirate roaming the high seas for boxes of treasure, but in real life you won’t need to exchange your own treasures for random in-game treasures. Design director Mike Chapman has stated that microtransactions are possible for the game post-launch, but loot boxes are definitely out of the question for future development. So you might drop a little coin to get a nice skin or cosmetic gear or whatever, but you won’t be looking at lootboxes no matter what.

Of course, if your computer can’t handle the game you probably won’t be looking at anything whatsoever, so you might want to check out the game’s system requirements before eagerly declaring that it’s a sailor’s life for you. The bare minimum specs still require a Windows 10 machine, so if you’ve stuck by an older operating system we’re sorry to inform you that Windows ME is no longer going to keep you in the game. Check out the chart to see if you need to upgrade, and if you refer to buying new hardware as “trimming up the mainsail” in the checkout line, the employees at the store likely won’t care.

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Steve Fury

All of the progression/rewards are centered around cosmetic items…So what happens when they start selling the best looking stuff in the shop? I was so hyped for this game, but the second I heard about microtransactions in a $60 game I had to take a step back.

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Darthbawl

I just read on another site (before coming here…) the chart with the system requirements: the Windows 7/8 peasants, er users, are up in arms over the Windows 10 only shenanigans. Sounds like a mutiny is in the making! :P

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Grave Knight

But isn’t the entire point of the game to loot the boxes? *drum fill*

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Loyheta

I went from flipping off my screen to going “eh”

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Randy Savage

I’ve heard that before

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rafael12104

Hmm. Well we have come a long way, I think. You see, Sea of Thieves is, for all intents and purposes, Microsoft’s game. A much needed exclusive on the Xbox-One and, of course, Windows 10. So, it is of some significance that they actually are stating their will be no loot boxes. Why? Because this is MS we are talking about. And MS is not know for leaving money on the table.

Yeah, we will see if they actually live up to that commitment but the fact that they are saying it, almost as a selling point, is a good indicator that the loot box kerfuffle isn’t just a “player” gripe. It is having an impact no matter what EA may say.

I’ll be on board a schooner or galleon soon enough. Sea of Thieves deserves a good run based on what I know about the game. And, yes indeed, another shot across EA’s and Activision’s bow.

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Angel of Def

Yea I’m good. I’m done buying games with cash shops. I’ll play guitar and single player console games instead if the only choices I have are 1 or 2 games without them or not playing.

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Zora

The baron’s men might occasionally sack your pantry and molest your wife and adult daughter, but by the grace of God and His Majesty the King whom he both owes his station to, he promises solemnly that he will never allow them to dispossess you of more than half of your earthly belongings (per month!) or worse yet relieve themselves into the village’s well afterwards.

It… could be worse, right?

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A Dad Supreme

Bookmarking to review in one year’s time.

Like Mike Tyson said, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.

Just ask Mr. Hartsman.

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Sorenthaz

Cosmetics are basically all that this game revolves around, so seems like that’s all they’d be able to sell anyway without dipping into more controversial venues.

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hamadubai

which can ruin the fun a bit too. if one of the main goals a player can aim for is cosmetics, being able to buy some cool looking outfits does make those cosmetic goals seem less appealing.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah, they’ll have to really be careful not to sell stuff that’s too appealing vs other stuff.