Rare reveals its monetisation plans for Sea of Thieves

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Sea of Thieves is a game by Rare and Microsoft Studios, and while we only have a month to go before it hits the gaming scene for gamers and folks to try out, will it feature loot-boxes and other live services? According to PC Gamer, design director Mike Chapman confirmed that there will be no microtransactions at all at launch. "What we will say is there will never be loot crates in Sea of Thieves".

The assertion doesn't carry over into microtransactions, sadly.

The new game takes the format of a cartoon-style pirate adventure, with players teaming up with friends and strangers to look for treasure and battle giant sea creatures. Luckily, Rare seems to agree and it looks like it will just be an additional way players can customize their pirating experience.

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Sea of Thieves releases worldwide on March 20th, 2018 for Windows 10 PC and Xbox One.

"If we can give cool stuff that people want to do, great, that's fine and it feels okay, because ultimately we do have to run a business right, but we spent a lot of time thinking about this and looking what player sentiment was around certain things and this just feels right", Neate added.

The numbers Sea of Thieves has been pulling in already would back up Rare's claim that this new IP can stand shoulder to shoulder with other Microsoft properties. The premium shop will not sell anything that affects player progression or power. If you want to do it you'll just be like "this is the pet, you can buy it if you want" optional. All pirates need to find the legendary Sea of Thieves which can be hidden in "the crease of a map", as one developer said. One of the first updates will introduce microtransactions.

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With a low-end laptop running integrated graphics you can actually get a playable version of the game at 540p running at 30 FPS, if that's considered running to you. "We want to make sure we're enriching the experience for everyone, so new merchants, trading posts, and trading companies", Neate says.

"For people who are really invested in Sea of Thieves to go, I'm loving playing this game, I would happily spend some more money on my hobby, which is the same as us going to a football match. That's a hard and fast principal to us".

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