With the passing of the old year and the dawning of the new comes renewed hopes and expectations for the year ahead. Lord Alfred Tennyson, Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate, once wrote: Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’. Ah, but who cares about all that, a new year means new games! 2018 is already shaping up to be a year to remember. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be highlighting a different game each day, giving you all the relevent details and salient talking points for what we think are going to be among the best games of the year. First up, it’s time to unleash your inner pirate, practice your sea shanties, and prepare those cannons with Sea of Thieves.
Release Date: 20th March.
Hopefully Rare getting back to their creative best. The game is built around online multiplayer and involves pirates in a world that is quintessentially Rare. As to what the story or plot of the game will be, other than it being a bit pirate-y, we haven’t been given any hints or clues. When introducing the game, Craig Gordon described how players could have ‘unique and memorable adventures together’ in a ‘shared world adventure game’, and went on to say that ‘this game will bring players together and give them the freedom to play with limitless possibilities’. Whether this means that there won’t be a traditional-style narrative, we don’t know, but if there are ‘unique and memorable adventures’ there have to at least be some traditional scripted moments.
Because hopefully, it will be ‘Rare getting back to their creative best’. When Microsoft bought Rare from Nintendo, the studio was on a streak that most game developers can only dream of, but they have yet to hit those heights since. With Rare finally creating a game that excites them, rather than the Kinect games they have been forced to make, I fully expect them to create something truly special. A few of us have had the opportunity to spend some time with the game at different events and we have all come away singing its praises. What’s more, ever since Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag who hasn’t been looking forward to another pirate game.
There’s still a lot that we don’t know about the game. Is there a campaign or overall storyline? What about solo players? How good is the matchmaking? What is the size of the playing area? How is player progression handled?
More than nearly any other game coming out this year, all of us at Enthusiast Towers really hope so. Rare used to be one of the biggest names in the games industry. Since Microsoft bought them from Nintendo, though, they have had a string of mediocre games. If Sea of Thieves doesn’t succeed, I fear for the future of the developer. Given the generally positive buzz around the game, it certainly looks like this could be a big success for the team at Rare.
Well, that’s our thoughts on Sea of Thieves. Are you excited about the game? Do you think this could be the game to bring Rare back to their glory days? Why not share your thoughts in the comment section below? And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the next game that we think is going to make a big impression in 2018.