Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

Rare Studio Head Talks Sea Of Thieves And Live Services, Microtransactions

Rare Studio Head Talks Sea Of Thieves And Live Services, Microtransactions

It sounds like in Sea of Thieves, it will just be the old fashioned kind of microtransactions where you pay a small fee just to look cool. Microsoft and Rare will no doubt be sensitive to any potential backlash to Sea of Thieves' microtransactions, and will hope to avoid an outcry like the one that marred the launch of Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Worse still, you were just buying loot boxes meaning you were buying things blindly at the time. There are no loot boxes in Sea of Thieves.

Not only do we get benchmarks for different resolutions and frame rates for specific Sea of Thieves PC specs, but we also got confirmation players will be able to change certain aspects of the system's functionality.

Mike Chapman, the design director, was pretty categorical while talking with PC Gamer.

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Rare Studio Head Talks Sea Of Thieves And Live Services, Microtransactions

"The game is perfectly playable at 540p", explained Timmins, which means that PCs with Intel Integrated GPUs (Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 or Intel Iris 540) and 4G of RAM should have a pretty good experience.

Sea of Thieves launches for Xbox One and PC on March 20. "It's always an interesting topic, but ultimately I have to look at the reality of running a game-as-service as a business", Neate said.

After spending a few hours playing the Sea of Thieves beta last month (and a dozen or so hours watching others play it), the Xbox exclusive shot up to the top of my list of most anticipated games.

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"So even if you were the only person who had bought a pet, but you had it on board, your crew would be able to enjoy the benefits of a monkey". Again, it's completely optional.

"So that's how we want to support it".

At the start of your adventure, Sea of Thieves will generate eight pirates based on random components like race, gender, age, body type etc. As for the premium shop, yes, you'll be able to spend real money in Sea of Thieves.

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Both sites posted Neate saying that... "That's a hard and fast principal to us", concludes Duncan. "I joined [Rare] two years ago, and our ambition since then has been to deliver the PC game that PC players expect".

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