Sea of Thieves will never have loot boxes, Rare says

Rare  Microsoft Studios

Rare Microsoft Studios

Sea of Thieves is just over a month away from release, and although developer Rare will be helping its players simulate the life of a pirate, it's keen on keeping its own shady practices to a minimum. Lead designer Mike Chapman tells IGN that the game takes place prior to the Golden Age of Piracy in a mysterious location called the Sea of Thieves.

Some new reports have surfaced that include Rare executive producer, Joe Neate, and his thoughts on Sea of Thieves and live services. At all, ' said Chapman. "[At launch], there's a lore book, featuring adventures of early players in the game's production, a separate art book, a comic, a Limited Edition controller, a branded SeaGate HDD, a tankard and more".

Set to launch for Xbox One and Windows 10 on March 20, 2018, a recent datamine into the game's beta files discovered a premium marketplace. However, you'll always know exactly what you're buying.

One of the first items being added to the premium shop are pets.

Travelling in a crew means there's a good chance other players will have your back when you're exploring for treasure as well, the website says. How it'll fare once it actually arrives next month is anyone's guess, but in the meantime I'm enjoying the trickle of information every so often that helps us figure out what the final version will be like. "It's with great pleasure then for us to announce that after all of the above, and more than a year of working with our partners at AMD, Intel and NVIDIA, it's time to smash a bottle of rum against our PC specifications so that you can see how your rig will fare". It's just the right spirit for what Sea of Thieves is.

As it turns out, Sea of Thieves is much deeper than what we saw last month.

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.

"There will be a chance of acquiring them other ways, but we're not going to go, "you can earn everything by playing", the way some people claim, even though you have to play for 60,000 hours or something", Neate says. "That's a hard and fast principal to us", concludes Duncan.

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