Monkey Who Barfed And Pooped On Sea Of Thieves Dev During Livestream Is Doing Just Fine

Antonio is not sick.

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To promote the upcoming release of a new, pet-themed update for Sea of Thieves, developer Rare brought a real squirrel monkey onto a livestream. That monkey, whose name is Antonio, threw up and pooped on community video manager Jon McFarlane. Many wondered if the monkey had some kind of sickness, but thankfully, no, Antonio the squirrel monkey is doing just fine.

Rare sent a message on Twitter to let people know. "What's the saying? Never work with children or animals?... We'd do it again. #Antonio. We'd also like to assure you all that Antonio is fine!," the studio said.

The developers clarified that Antonio is not sick. Rather, he got food stuck in his throat and needed to barf it up. He disappears from the stream for a bit after the vomit situation and returns with an appetite and appearing to be in good spirits. The throw up and poop part of the Sea of Thieves livestream begins at around 27:48 in the video embedded below, in case you're interested in watching that. Alternatively, you can watch the sequence play out in the animated gifs below.

Rare's Joe Neate provided a statement on the story to IGN, which first reported the news.

"On Monday’s livestream where we provided details on our upcoming Pirate Emporium, we welcomed a squirrel monkey named Antonio to join in the fun," Neate said. "We can confirm Antonio is doing well and we'd welcome the chance to have him at the studio again anytime."

Pets come to Sea of Thieves through an update for Xbox One and PC on September 11. Two types of pets are available at launch, including monkeys and parrots. The pets respond to things that happen in the game; for example, your monkey might run for cover during a battle.

Additionally, the new Sea of Thieves update introduces a new premium currency called Ancient Coins, which are a form of microtransactions. These can be spent in the Pirate Emporium to pick up new emotes and various cosmetics, as well as the aforementioned pets.

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Avatar image for Thanatos2k

He was representing the typical reaction to this lackluster game.

Avatar image for Twiztid-Maddox

Good monkey!

Avatar image for el_swanno

Now that’s a refreshingly honest pre-release review right there.

Does Antonio have a YouTube channel I can Like and Subscribe to?

Avatar image for ButDuuude

that’s what Sea of Thieves does to you.

Avatar image for esqueejy

Seems a fitting metaphor for the game itself...

Avatar image for brxricano

Oh i thought the article spin was going to be something along the lines of 'the monkey took one look at the gameplay and just..' LMAO

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I personally always poop and/or vomit when I do a livestream

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@jusstadrop: Everybody’s got a gimmick. : p