Be More Pirate
Exotic islands. Hidden treasures. Riddles, battles and shanties. The essential pirate experience.
Sea of Thieves is a new type of multiplayer game that delivers all you need to live the free-roaming pirate life. Whether adventuring as a group or sailing solo, you'll encounter other crews... but will they be friends or foes, and how will you respond?
Reputation is everything. Become a pirate legend!
There are countless ways to make your mark on Sea of Thieves' stunning world. The more voyages and adventures you see through to the end, the greater your reputation becomes and the more opportunities unfold before you.
Launching on March 20th, 2018 for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC!
Also enhanced for Xbox One X. As an ever-evolving game, Sea of Thieves will be continuously updated after launch with new features, adventures and ways to play.
Click on any of the sections below to dive deeper!
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
Venture out onto a vast, open ocean, uncovering new regions scattered with unspoiled islands and the sunken ships of less agile sailors. You're free to approach this world and its wealth of challenges however you choose. Sail for the sheer joy of discovery or undertake dramatic voyages, following maps and untangling riddles, learning to expect the unexpected...
A WORLD OF ACTION
When parley is off the table, fight to protect your crew and your gold in ship-to-ship battles with cannon, pistol, blunderbuss and cutlass, pursuing rivals through raging storms. Sail in pursuit of deadly bounties, or ferry cargo through hostile waters. Clash with the skeletal remains of ancient reavers and beware marine menaces that lurk beneath the waves!
A WORLD OF TEAMWORK
Sea of Thieves is as fun to watch and share as it is to play, bringing people together in a world that's exciting, fun and unpredictable. Whether you're questing with friends, testing the waters in a smaller ship or matchmaking to find a crew from the terrific community, great memories are easy to make in this world where every sail you see is another crew of real players.
A WORLD OF ENCOUNTERS
This ocean realm is an intriguing blend of ancient and new: pirates from a bygone age, now little more than malignant bones, still guard the gold beneath its sands, even as fresh-faced adventurers set out to forge new legends. You'll cross paths with settlers too, plying their trades or looking to employ the skills of bold seafarers to further their own agendas.
A WORLD OF LEGENDS
On your quest to become a pirate legend you'll amass loot and hard-earned rewards to adapt your appearance to your own liking. You'll climb the ranks and boost your reputation until other crews are awed to encounter you out at sea. The stories created through your deeds may even be reflected not just in your own surroundings, but in the wider world's lore.
Need to know more? Here are some FAQs...
What kind of game is Sea of Thieves?
Sea of Thieves is a shared world adventure game (or SWAG) with crew co-operation at its core, designed to let you be the kind of pirate you want to be. Want to follow maps and solve riddles to find legendary treasure? Assemble the mightiest, most fearsome crew to sail the seas? Set a course for the horizon and just explore? Our ambition is to build a game that lets you pursue whatever adventure your salty heart desires.
When can I get my hands on it?
Sea of Thieves will be released for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on March 20th, 2018.
Can I play the game solo?
Absolutely, but be prepared for a challenge! At launch we have large ships designed for collaborative crews of four, and smaller ships designed for one or two players.
How do I progress through the game?
There is no predetermined narrative path through Sea of Thieves. In order to become a Pirate Legend, you undertake voyages and complete quests for the in-game companies at your own pace and preference.
How and when could people play the game early?
The Sea of Thieves Technical Alpha ran throughout 2017 and participants were selected from those who signed up for our Insider Programme. This was followed by the Closed Beta session in January 2018, which wasn't covered by an NDA and allowed players to share screenshots and videos of their adventures. Any additional pre-launch play opportunities will be announced on our News page!
Will Sea of Thieves be available through Xbox Game Pass?
Yes! Like all future first-party Xbox exclusives, Sea of Thieves will added to the Xbox Game Pass library on launch day, offering yet another way to play. Find out more in this Xbox Wire post.
What's the Black Dog Pack and how do I get it?
The Black Dog Pack is a set of in-game items exclusive to players who pre-order Sea of Thieves – more details are available on our pre-order page. (Note that this does not apply to general Xbox Game Pass purchases. If pre-ordering through a retailer and not through the official Xbox or Windows Store, please check whether or not the Black Dog Pack is included.)
I heard about an NDA – can I share screenshots and footage from the game?
The Closed Beta version of the game was not covered by an NDA, so the sharing of screenshots and footage from the Closed Beta was permitted and encouraged. However, the NDA remains in place for all other pre-release versions of the game unless otherwise stated.
Can I get access to/a copy of the game to stream, review or create video content?
Review copies can be requested through Microsoft directly. As we're now in the launch period, we're no longer forwarding along access requests for review purposes. Other requests from content creators can be sent to the Press email address in the site footer for consideration, but as we receive an overwhelming volume of requests and not all promotional activity is within our remit, we can't make any guarantees – so please don't be discouraged if we're unable to respond!
When do pre-orders for Sea of Thieves go live and what markets will it be available in?
Pre-orders for Sea of Thieves are now available where Xbox Live is supported, except for China. Sea of Thieves will release in China at a later date. For a full list of available countries, please refer to this Xbox Live page.
Why is Sea of Thieves not available in China at launch?
We are committed to providing best-in-class support for Sea of Thieves players in China and are using the additional time to ensure a smooth and optimal experience tailored for that market. We’re excited to welcome players in China to play Sea of Thieves at a later date, but don’t have anything further to share at this time.
What languages will Sea of Thieves be available in at launch?
The game will feature in-game text language support for English, French, Italian, German, Spanish (MX), Portuguese (BR) and Russian. We will also support traditional and simplified Chinese once Sea of Thieves releases in China at a later date. Furthermore, Sea of Thieves’ non-verbal communication system, which allows players to communicate with each other without voice, will automatically translate between different languages, so you can play with anyone in the world regardless of your preferred language. NPC voiceovers will be in English only.
Are there any plans to release in additional languages in the future?
We want to make Sea of Thieves as accessible as possible and so we’re always exploring new ways to do so, including support for additional languages.
PRAISE FOR SEA OF THIEVES
"It is one of the most endlessly fun, uproariously funny gaming experiences in ages, and that is something to be celebrated." (Nerdist)Read the full article
"It is one of Microsoft's biggest bets from its set of game studios and a break outside the safe genres of big-budget games." (Seattle Times)Read the full article
"No other game I played at E3 made my face hurt from smiling so much more than Sea of Thieves." (IGN)Read the full article
"Rare may well have cracked the formula for an entirely new style of multiplayer game. Not to mention the best pirate game we've ever played." (Metro)Read the full article
"Rare has captured some essence of fun and cooperative gameplay that many companies at many times have utterly failed to achieve." (Polygon)Read the full article
"It's essentially let's pretend for grown-ups – and is as joyous as that sounds." (The Telegraph)Read the full article