Sea of Thieves conscripts Sean Astin and plans a death tax

    
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Citing “unprecedented numbers” of players rushing in to play Sea of Thieves over the past few days, Rare has acknowledged the multitude of issues that have cropped up since launch. These include access difficulties, delayed rewards, delayed achievements, performance problems, and missing items.

To take your mind off of these troubling portents is Lord of the Rings and Stranger Things actor Sean Astin, who stars in a trio of short trailers in which he takes a tour group around the “Museum of More Pirate.” Samwise Gamgee the Pirate? We thought Hobbits couldn’t swim!

The team also indicated that it will patch in a “death tax” in an upcoming patch as a gold sink for players who die. The specific rate has not been established, but it sounds as though players will have to pay a variable fee depending on how they kicked the bucket.

Source: VG247
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socontrariwise

I’m always wondering when I see people’s videos of playing, they tend to have a chill time with no attacks/ganking or barely any. Then we log in and after an hour max we just log out frustrated because this is REALLY not how you want to spend your scarce spare time.
Maybe Rare should start monitoring instances and have everyone at log out vote if they enjoyed it or not and then start pairing crews per map based on if they fought or died in the session unprovoked and liked it or not.
Throw people together based on their playstyle …

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Teh Beardling

So let me get this right. In a game that is frustrating enough getting plowed unprovoked by other players when you are just sailing around, you now have to pay gold when YOU are killed by THEM? How does that make ANY sense. Oh I got murdered. Guess I am going to hell for something someone ELSE did TO me.

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Sorenthaz

No. PvP deaths won’t have a cost.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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rafael12104

Parley! Shelob, my dear! Have a swig of this shiny rum. A sure ticket to Davey’s locker. But! it’ll cure what ails you deary.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

Missing the One Eyed Willie pirate reference from Goonies!? Astin played Mikey for Pete’s sake! What would Chester Copperpot think about this!?

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rafael12104

*Sprays asthma medicine first.*

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Sally Bowls

Samwise Gamgee the Pirate? We thought Hobbits couldn’t swim!

Remember how Hernán Cortés scuttled his ships upon landing? With no chance for retreat, there was more incentive to go forward and conquer. If your crew consisted of non-swimmers, then they might have a tad more incentive and urgency in winning the battle.

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rafael12104

Isn’t it bad enough that they are dead? Lol. What if the player can’t pay? Does he or she remain dead until he or she can come up with the tax? LOL!

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Utakata

Quite likely the recipe for rage quitting. Hope this doesn’t end up hurting this game’s bottom line.

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Utakata

Gold sinks work best for people who have gold to spend. Not on players whose characters can barely rub two shillings together, who now have to deal with a new cost of their untimely and unintended deaths.

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Dug From The Earth

Rare seems to be living on a different planet than their playerbase.

Its a unique thing when the top comments on a games subreddit, are intelligent, agreed upon, constructive ideas with many upvotes by those wanting the game to do well…. and yet… Rare seems to be doing the exact opposite, or completely ignoring them.

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deekay_000

when does the top comments on any subreddit ever give any other appearance than that they are agreed upon?

hizi was deisgned in part by r4eddit top comments and it wasn’t for the better.

idk what these particular comments are but i’m just saying, design by reddit is a shit idea at the best of times.

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Dug From The Earth

Top comments get there just based on upvotes (as you are alluding to). The thread itself could be full of people trolling each other and disagreeing with each other, but lots of people found the thread enjoyable to read… and upvoted it.

In this case, its people making constructive feedback, and all agreeing on it.. which is not very common on the interweb, especially in the gaming community.

Typically, you would expect people to chime in with things like “Noob” or “Git gud” or “L2play” when someone had a “disagreement” with a game mechanic.

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going by that logic then gta5 is the worst game ever and no one plays it, witcher 3 is the best selling game of all time, pubg is literally only played by chinese hackers, amd is dominating intel and nvidia both in market share and has never done anything shady or anti competitive and elon musk is single handedly saving humanity from both zombies and rogue ai.

anyways reddit designing games and developers pandering to them is not just how we got hizi, it’s also how we got wildstar’s launch state and mentality and crowfall’s memes as design ethos.

at this point since i’m not being listened to anyway it’s my personal position that devs shouldn’t listen to players at all.

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Dug From The Earth

Way to take a simple concept and go to the extreme with it, sheesh.

I wasnt stating it like it was some bible for gaming devs to abide by.

I was simply saying it wasnt the norm (as are those other situations you mentioned). But its the things that are outside the norm that should draw attention, because in either situation, good or bad, important aspects can be taken from it.

Sea of Thieves is a fun game, but it is VERY far from a perfect game. It has a LOT of room to get better (and more fun). However, the way the devs seem to live in their own world, makes them very sheltered to a lot of the things that will make or break this game in the long run.

I say “sheltered” because its nicer than saying “The devs know, but are just extremely arrogant and egotistical, and dont feel their game has flaws”. It very likely COULD be that way, but im willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. (i hope im not wrong here, because the last thing we need is another No Mans Sky situation)

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Sally Bowls

it’s my personal position that devs shouldn’t listen to players at all.

I agree. Or at least that “devs should listen to a statistically valid random selection of the target audience.” I.e., not just customers but find out why non-customers are not interested.

And for Goodness sake, don’t listen to self-selected feedback. Just because almost all the alpha forum posters think WildStar should be very hardcore does not mean the general market does. Just because 95% of the people at a Trump rally think he is the greatest leader ever does not mean 95% of the world’s population does.

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Sorenthaz

Typically, you would expect people to chime in with things like “Noob” or “Git gud” or “L2play” when someone had a “disagreement” with a game mechanic.

That’s mostly just for the PVP of SoT. With the only justification being that it’s a pirate game so therefore we should be able to freely slaughter each other as much as we want without consequence. (And no the Death Tax doesn’t apply to PvP deaths.)

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Enjoyed the trailers a lot. Gotta like Sean Astin. :)