Sea Of Thieves announces first ever open Beta as launch date nears

Pablo Tucker
March 10, 2018

If you haven't been able to get into any previous betas that Sea of Thieves has held, now's your chance. Rare has spent the last few weekends performing scale tests with a limited number of players, but has opened the high seas pirate co-op game to everyone and thrown in plenty of new content as well.

Executive producer John Neate provided more info and some sort of final speech in the occasion, penning an open letter to the community on the official Sea of Thieves blog where he detailed the new stuff included in the build.

Sea Of Thieves announces first ever open Beta as launch date nears

"In the final beta, alongside the Gold Hoarders, we will be testing Merchant Alliance voyages for the first time, giving players an entirely new way to play", Rare explained in a FAQ. We are also introducing an intense, emergent opportunity into the world with the chance of a Skeleton Fort now being occupied. The final beta kicked off this morning and is now active, but will wrap up for good on Sunday, March 11th at 6 AM ET. Watch out for that telltale skull cloud above a fort which indicates the chance of great rewards but also great risk.

Aside from that you'll also potentially have to deal with other players who have seen the signal. To install, you will just need to search for and install the Sea of Thieves Final Beta.


Sea of Thieves is set to sail on your console and Windows 10 as an Xbox Play Anywhere title on March 20th. Will you work together or against each other?

As well as all the ship-on-ship and treasure hunting shenanigans from the earlier betas, the final beta will let you get your grubby mitts on even more gold by participating in some legitimate business, ferrying cargo like pigs and chickens from port to port.


Sea of Thieves launches on March 20. Should Rare's servers get overcrowded, the company might place players trying to log on into a queue, while those who are in-game might experience some store outages at times of heavy load. Players shouldn't be surprised if they end up fighting with other groups over the prized key to gain access to the loot.


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