No, Sea of Thieves won't be diving into that territory. As you'd expect, the revelation sparked a number of questions.
Rare and Microsoft are aiming for Sea of Thieves to be one of the Xbox's top franchises, the developer has revealed. I really want to believe in them.
At the start of your adventure, Sea of Thieves will generate eight pirates based on random components like race, gender, age, body type etc.
Sea of Thieves will be launching on March 20th on the Xbox One and PC.
"Launch is about launching a great game", Rare studio head Craig Duncan told Eurogamer. Moreover, Sea of Thieves will have absolutely no microtransactions on launch.
"For launch, it's about delivering the best gameplay experience possible, being there, reacting, listening, taking feedback and everything else", executive producer Joe Neate stressed. So anything we add in this area won't affect power, won't affect progression. "And you'll always know what you're getting - so that means no loot crates". That would be the Premium Shop, where you'll be able to buy various cosmetic items. They went on to detail how the game would play on a variety of different set ups, from very basic to the most tricked out of gaming computers. You can also take the visual fidelity as high as you'd like, as evidenced by the spec sheet for the game provided by the studio.
Sea of Thieves won't have dozens of sliders and dials, allowing you to finely tune the shape of your nose or cheekbones. "I think that's the way we'll do it", he said. And, apparently, the first things you'll be able to buy will be pets! It's about adding to the fun and social nature. Again, it's completely optional.
With a low-end laptop running integrated graphics you can actually get a playable version of the game at 540p running at 30 FPS, if that's considered running to you.
And while Sea of Thieves is still a bigger version of the sandbox we explored last month, there will be a story to give the world a greater sense of objective. The idea is that no two pirates will look the same, even if, like most players, you simply hit the "play now" button and go with whatever design you're given. 100 per cent, if you want to progress in Sea of Thieves, you play the game.