It’s been a hot minute since we checked in on Sea of Thieves, so this week’s developer update video marks the perfect time to do so. Rare’s video kicks off with a reminder about the game’s newly relaunched insider programme, which is basically a fancy way of recruiting player testers to test and give feedback on in-development game elements under NDA.
The twist here is that unlike studios that just throw up a PTS and say please test, Rare is actually doling out rewards for those who help. “By playing Insider builds regularly, you can earn in-game gold, Doubloons and some very snazzy, very exclusive cosmetics that you can show off in the main game,” the studio explains. Just don’t think about leaking: “We will find you,” Joe Neate warns.
The dev vlog also previews next week’s update with new mercenary voyages, as well as the game’s coming first birthday and a big trailer for the “mega update” that’s on the way (though not part of next week’s rollout).