Final Sea Of Thieves Beta Is Live Now On Xbox One And PC

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Sea of Thieves developer Rare has announced another beta for its upcoming multiplayer pirate game. This beta will be the final one before the game's release date in a few weeks and is open to everyone on Xbox One and PC. It's live now and runs until March 11 at 2 AM PT / 5 AM ET / 10 AM GMT / 9 PM AEST.

During a developer update about the final beta, executive producer Joe Neate explained that the studio wants to have a greater number of players trying the game out than before, and in order to do so it has opened up the trial to everyone. Additionally, a number of new features have been included in the new beta.

The first of them is the Merchant Alliance, which is a faction that tasks players with capturing animals in exchange for rewards. Another new feature being tested in the beta is Skeleton Forts, which creates the opportunity for forts in the world to be occupied by skeletons. These special forts offer greater rewards for those who clear them out, but they're signified by large clouds hovering above them that are visible to all players. Naturally, this means you may have to battle other players as well as skeletons for riches.

Neate emphasised that there could be issues with the beta as the studio is testing the game and its features, and inviting a much larger amount of people to put the game's servers through its paces. If problems do arise, Rare says it may put temporary blocks on new players coming in to even out the experience. The services team will also be working on-the-fly to resolve any other issues that come up.

The Sea of Thieves release date is March 20. It will be one of the first big tests of Microsoft's ambitious Game Pass expansion, which gives subscribers access to a suite of games including all first-party titles on day-and-date of release. While you're waiting to explore the briny deep, check out 10 reasons we're excited and why we think it has such potential.

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In order for this game to be good things need to be destructible! I was playing the beta and it felt silly when u shoot a cannon ball at opposing ship it’s just a tiny explosion with graphically no damage to the ship. I dunno about others but to me that is a huge turn off, it felt like I was playing a world of Warcraft raid, just with super nice water effects!

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Lol at people who believe onehitta

Read every xbox article published by GS and you will see one constant.

I would not be surprised if onehitta gets some side cash from Sony.

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Funny allot of the people who say its NMS or says this is all the content didnt spend anytime reading the forums or watching any of the developer diaries. If so they would know that they only have allowed the two trading companies. The Gold Hoarders and the Merchant Alliance. The latter was just released for this beta. Prior betas we only got the The Gold Hoarders. This beta also included the skeleton forts with the boss that has the key to the treasure room. The next faction, which will be in at launch is The Order of the Souls. There are also uncharted islands not on the map that have hidden treasure and other things. Some of these islands were in beta already. At launch we will see the famous Kraken sea monster they keep talking about. Rare also spoke about, shortly after release they will be adding more content and have already been working on said content.

To compare to NMS is just so far off as we have seen more content to do in SoT Beta than we saw in NMS at release. I think when people see the word "Beta" they expect the full game. Again, if they went to the forums or watched the developer video, they would haves seen what was available and that not all content was available. They also would have seen what the beta test was for.

I will leave you with this question...If you were the developer would you release all content in a beta and spoil everything for release?

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@jpsaply: I don't mind saying a know very little about the game. so since you seem to know a lot maybe you can answer my question. Does the game have PvE content? not PvPvE. but a separate PvE/area/section whatever like Destiny?

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@spartanx169x: No it doesnt. The entire map is PvPvE zones. They are not also making separate servers for PvP only and PvE only. Also there is no safe zones. You are always at risk of players coming to try and take your loot or sink you. Thats what makes it fun. A sense of danger the entire time. You are pirates after all. You want to strategize on every decision you make. The game is best played with a group. One thing you will learn fast. if you are heading back to one of the outposts with loot, and you see a ship already there, best not go in. Choose another outpost unless that specific quest tells you that the outpost is a must for turn in. Usually thats with just the Merchant Company and those quests are usually timed. Treasure Hoarders company have not given me specific outpost quests yet. Doesnt mean they are not there, I just simply havent ran into one yet.

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@jpsaply: This will appeal to some, but there is no way this is going to appeal to masses. This is going to hurt the sales and later population. There are more solo players than groups/parties. Sorry, but this game is doomed if this is what they offer. In six months, If I'm wrong I will look you up and admit it.

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@spartanx169x: Rare has already admitted it will not appeal to everyone. As far as there are more "solo players" I have found that to be the opposite. I have been in since the Alpha Technical test way back in December up until this final beta. Constantly running into 2 man to 4 man crews. They are the ones constantly going after the solo players. I have seen many Galleon Ships (4man crew 3 mast ships) battling it out. Sorry that this doesnt sound like a game for you. But with my 60 or so hours combined of beta play, I really enjoy what they allowed us to test. I for one cant wait for release..

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@jpsaply: It only concerns me because if it doesn't do well it will be another black eye for the Xbox brand and their reputation with exclusives. I hope the game does well. Hope you enjoy it as well too.

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@jpsaply: You described the following as further additions to the full game:

1) 1 new faction

2) Randomly generated VERY small islands with probably no loot or skeletons at all

3) Kraken

So to you these 3 things and the 4-5 things already existing are worth $60-70?

However the big plus of this game is the PvP/MP and it will probably buy Rare some time to add more PvE stuff. Chasing, sinking ships and stealing their chests seem to be really fun. It engages you in a variety of different and very dynamic situations that you will have to adapt to in order to be victorious.

Now if Rare decides that the new content will be offered as DLC then this is robery...

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@jpsaply: So essentially the devs don't know what a beta test is, and they were testing an alpha version of the game.

Honestly though what I expect is that the launch will be like the beta, and all the stuff you're talking about is probably planned for future updates or DLC

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@NaturallyEvil: No, its already there. Again another who doesnt know how to properly research. Rare had said they are keeping the content locked up so not to spoil before release. This is the way devs use to do betas 15 years ago. But now it seems you present day gamers feel you are entitled to everything. Open Betas are never meant to be a try before paying. Its there to test there servers to prepare for release and test how they can handle capacity. Also to polish any last minute bugs that could break before release.

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ResidentSleeper game.

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@off3nc3: LOL

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No Man's Sea

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@onehitta323: Although I'm 100% with you on this, lets be fair and admit that this game has a huge plus that NMS never had: A very dynamic PvP system. Being into the non-theme park-ed games for some time now, I foresee this game will survive solely on this. Rare will basically have to add new loot and even if it's only cosmetics, people and even I will fall for it as long as it feels rewarding down the road. Casual players don't need ladders. See what PUBG does and SOT isn't that different on the aspect of progression.

PS: Rare never lied about the content but they did lie about being able to play solo since its practically impossible to do so. I played the final beta with only my brother and we were struggling to keep up with all the tasks during PvP. PvE is still fun with 2 people though.

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@onehitta323: That comparison doesn't work. They never promised everything and delivered 5% of it.

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@m4a5: ya it does work because theres absolutely nothing in the game LOL. No man's sky is actually good now but I'm talking about when it first released. This is basically no mans sky in the sea. Rename it no man's sea.

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@onehitta323: No. It doesn't. Because they didn't promise more content.

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@m4a5: don't care what was promised. There's nothing there and it's boring lol. Pre order cancelled.

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@onehitta323: How childish of logic. It's a beta, not a game demo lol

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@m4a5: Not to mention this game is actually multiplayer...

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@Byshop: Aha! Yuuup. I remember when they flat out said NMS had multiplayer and that you'd pretty much never run into anyone else...

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This article was reposted after the beta already ended.

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@Byshop: Yeah, it should've at least had an "update" paragraph stating so...

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Are you people dumb? Article has been reposted 26 mins ago, which is like 4 hours after the beta ended. Whats the point?

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3 words, GOD OF WAR!!

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@bubba_666: dang you and onehitta in hard today...bored?

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More like Sea Of Zzz's

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Sea of boredom . No thanks. Pre order cancelled.

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@onehitta323: It did seem pretty boring. :/

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@p1p3dream: ya it does. A sea of nothing, pretty much.

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@onehitta323: Makes sense that you don't like this game, it's best when playing with friends and you don't have any, so....

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@graffitiheart: Laughed my ass off, so true!!!

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@graffitiheart: why must you attack the other person to make yourself look good freaking winner here..Stop being a asshatt

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@Gladestone1: Trust me this kind compared to things he says to others, look at his history.

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@graffitiheart: I've played it with friends and it gets boring... Don't get me wrong I love the concept but I wish there was more to it.

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@bravenz: I haven't played enough to form a proper opinion, but I like what I played and the water is beautiful. I think if it's a game where you make your own fun which isn't going to appeal to everyone, but I like the idea of hunting the Kracken.

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@graffitiheart: LOL at the salty x bot

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@onehitta323: lord just stop already

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@onehitta323: a word of advice and I feel like I've told you this before but stop pre-ordering things.

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Huh, No Man's Sea based on my experience. Though, No Man's Sky had progression systems and interesting things to look at at least.

The water is nice looking, that's about it. Otherwise this is just Pirate Dressup with a side of Trollbait.

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I like it (a lot of little things done right), but it keeps crashing my PC on me.

That said, by far my favorite moment was drinking too much grog with a guy, pulling out our instruments, and trying to play a song all while stumbling around. It was hilariously terrible.

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Def excited for this one!

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Not my cup of tea but thanks anyway!

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