Sea Of Thieves, Rare’s highly anticipated pirate game will be launching in a little over a month. Microtransactions will not be launching alongside Sea Of Thieves, but they will be coming “three months after launch.”
Speaking with IGN, Rare Executive Producer Joe Neate told the site the following:
“Our focus at launch [is] on a great game experience. When we deliver this first major update, that’s when we’ll turn on the ability for players to spend money optionally.
“We thought long and hard about what’s right for our game experience, and the key thing we think is that it has to add to the fun, social nature of the game. So anything in this area will not impact power or progression, and you’ll always know what you’re getting – so that means no loot crates.”
In the same article, it was revealed that the first microtransactions will be pets that you can bring along with you on quests.
He also spoke about why Sea Of Thieves will be using Microtransactions at all.
“It’s always an interesting topic, but ultimately I have to look at the reality of running a game-as-service as a business. My goal and everyone else’s goal here is to have as many people as possible working on this, and just keep giving people reasons to return, reasons to have fun. We have to run that like a business, you need revenue coming in.”
Sea Of Thieves will be launching on March 20th for $59.99. It will be available on Xbox One and Windows 10. As part of the Play Anywhere program, you can use cross-play to journey with your friends on Xbox One or Windows 10. If you don’t want to purchase Sea Of Thieves, it will be available on Xbox Game Pass on launch date, as part of Microsoft’s new policy stating that all first-party games will enter the program on launch day.
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