This is it, landlubbers. The much-anticipated Sea of Thieves is so close that we can almost smell the briny ocean, and you know what that means: it’s time for a launch trailer.
As Xbox fans will know, the system hasn’t had the greatest run of exclusives since its launch in November 2013. The usual big Microsoft names, such as Halo 5: Guardians, Forza Motorsport 7, and Gears of War 4 have made an appearance, but killer apps have been few and far between.
As far as console exclusivity is concerned, Rare’s Sea of Thieves (which will kick off Microsoft's Game Pass initiative) has been one to watch for some time now. Since Johnny Depp first Captain Jack Sparrow-ed onto our screens, pirates have been cool again, but video games have utterly failed to capitalise on this. Not least of all the Pirates of the Caribbean licensed titles themselves, which were all kinds of questionable.
Sea of Thieves, however, has been firmly on many gamers’ radars since it was first revealed. Much like the Disney movies, this is a light-hearted, romanticised look at the legendary villains of the ocean, and it sports a unique and toontastic visual style. It’s an online-based, cooperative experience, which sees players banding together to serve as the crew of a pirate vessel.
As you sail across the game’s vast, open world ocean, you perform different tasks, complete missions and (naturally) snag all of the plunder you can get your hook-hands on. If you totally dug the camaraderie of the sailing sections of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, this is definitely a title you’ll want to look into.
Last June, Kotaku took a look at an early build of the game, and provided gamers with a neat rundown of how Sea of Thieves will work. The key concept is that this is no MMO, but rather a shared-world adventure. Rare’s idea behind this is that players will often be encountering and engaging with combat with other vessels. Which should really be enough to sell all you swashbucklers out there on it, surely?
The launch trailer provides a nice little glimpse into the game; highlighting crucial elements like vessel and crew customisation, ship battles and, of course, that classic piratey soundtrack.
Is the pirate life for you? Give it a watch, check out the game’s official site and decide for yourself.