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

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"After a few months, this is when we want to be rolling out the first expansions for the game", says executive producer Joe Neate.

In the meantime, here's everything you need to know about Rare's next big title.

We're also looking at what's our first major update to the game.

"What I will confirm is there are no microtransactions for launch".

Players will be able to choose the pirate of their dreams from the get go, but they'll have to pick wisely as they won't be able to change their mind. According to the team Skeleton Forts will be quite a hard fight for players but will be rewarding, so rewarding that it apparently all won't fit in the one ship. In our conversation with Timmins, we were told that the team has considered the highest and lowest spec PCs throughout the development process, as well as Xbox consoles, meaning the game is resolutely not a PC port and will work well for all players.

KitGuru Says: It seems as though the folks over at Rare have their heads screwed on despite recent controversies.

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"Our focus at launch [is] on a great game experience". But Sea of Thieves "is an impressive return to form" for the studio. For instance, the sea is "extremely realistic" - to the extent that players may actually feel a little seasick in the event of a storm. I can hold your monkey, or hold your cat and run away with it.

"It'll come back. It'll be fine!"

Neate continued to state that his job was to oversee the game not just at launch, but further than that - as a business. You would spawn on an island and have to figure it out yourself.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, the developer has also listed a "Below Min Spec" column that will let players with Intel integrated GPUs join in on the fun, as long as they aren't bothered by things like slideshows or being able to count the pixels on the screen. But Sea of Thieves "will have to consistently grow" in order to "keep the player base's attention".

When we recently accepted a Rare invitation to play Sea of Thieves at the studio's United Kingdom office, we had the chance to talk to executive producer Joe Neate about the implementation of microtransactions in the game.

Critics are expected to deliver their final verdicts nearer to the game's release in March.

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