Sea of Thieves has been a long time coming. Since its first
official unveil at E3 2015 to the recent conclusion of its closed Technical Alpha,
the development team at Rare has been extremely busy. However, with launch approaching
quickly on March 20th, the team are giving players their first proper glimpse
at the shared open-world experience of Sea of Thieves with the Closed Beta from
January 24th, 2018.
The Sea of Thieves Closed Beta will run from 12pm GMT (4am PST,
7am EST) on Wednesday, January 24th to 8am GMT (12am PST, 3am EST) on Monday, January
29th. This gives pirates a full five days of sailing, shanties and shenanigans.
Rare says it has crafted “a bespoke experience” for Closed
Beta players that offers both a taste of pirate life and the overall shared experience
in Sea of Thieves. This isn’t a test for the full game itself, as Rare says it
wants to keep “a good selection of things up our sleeves for players to
discover at launch.”
In addition, the Sea of Thieves Closed Beta will be
accessible to anyone who joined the game’s official Insider Program before
December 1st, 2017, as well as anyone who pre-orders the game. If you’ve
already pre-ordered Sea of Thieves and want to find out how to download the
Closed Beta client, you can do so on the official
Rare also announced that the Closed Beta will not be covered
by an NDA, allowing players to freely share content to their hearts’ content.
From livestreams and videos to clips and screenshots, pirates can share as much
of the experience they desire with their friends and the wider online community.
Rare also teased that it will share some its favourite community-made content
on the official social channels.
Sea of Thieves will officially sail the high seas from March
20th, 2018 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. The Closed Beta will be accessible on
both platforms. Rare’s shared pirate adventure experience also made it into our
feature story on our
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