Sea of Thieves sails into final open beta today
The Sea of Thieves open beta runs through 2:00 AM PST Sunday, March 11th.
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by Joe Neate, Executive Producer at Rare
It seems like just yesterday that we launched the Insider Programme for Sea of Thieves. We felt that getting our game into player's hands early, learning from their feedback and growing a community around this game was critical for a new, shared-world experience like Sea of Thieves. We started with our first 1,000 players in December 2016, and we have been steadily growing the player base and feature set throughout the last year.
Since we began we have seen our community grow and players adventure in our magical world. We have seen battles held, friends made, instruments played and quite a bit of overindulgence on our surprisingly strong grog. Most excitingly, we have seen many, many amazing stories from our players, and recently we allowed them to share these with the world during our Closed Beta. It was incredible to be able watch players live in Sea of Thieves for the first time, to see their adventures unfold first-hand and to hear the stories they had to share.
As we head towards launch on March 20, we have one Final Beta test to run. This gives us an opportunity to grow our scale testing to our largest number yet, it allows us to test a broader range of features than ever before and it also gives anyone that is interested a chance to play and experience Sea of Thieves first-hand.
With that in mind, we are announcing the Sea of Thieves Final Beta, available now and running through to 2 a.m. PST (10 a.m. GMT) on Sunday, March 11.
Who can take part in the Final Beta?
What will I be playing?
In addition, we're excited to announce that Sea of Thieves' Xbox One X enhancements will be available during the Final Beta! We're thrilled that players will be able to experience Sea of Thieves in 4K on the most powerful console ever made.
Can I share my stories?
What can I expect?
Thanks to everyone that has helped us get to where we are so far. Everyone who has played in the Technical Alpha, Closed Beta or scale tests - anyone who has submitted ideas and feedback, filled out surveys, shared their stories or made friends in our world - we wouldn't be where we are without you, and we cannot wait to see where this adventure takes us next.
Here's to the next leg of the journey.