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Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves

Xbox One
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Rare Official Site: https://www.seaofthieves.com/
Publisher: Microsoft Classification: TBC
Release Date:
February 2017
Friday, 8 September 2017
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:50pm 08/09/17 | 0 Comments
As a development studio Rare's output is the stuff of legend, dating all the way back to the 8-bit NES. And even before that too, when you factor in early home computing. But during the studio's time developing games for the Nintendo 64, and then Xbox, one thing was clear. It was pretty secretive in what information it revealed, and only then when it was ready.

Well, with the upcoming release of its shared-world pirate adventure Sea of Thieves that mindset has changed. Big time. In creating a world where players would shape their own stories, foster relationships, and be part of a community, this forced Rare to be more open. And engage with its fans and community during the development process.

As part of our recent, and lengthy chat with studio head, Craig Duncan, we discussed Sea of Thieves' development. And this very subject.


Craig Duncan: You know Rare’s history, which was really secretive and did everything in a bubble. So one thing was, 'hey, we need to be building a game in this way'. Like, we're going to go build a new IP, to do that in a very open, transparent way, and get a community involved who will actually help. [We need to] make sure we're building a game that people love and resonates with them, but also has this really nice side effect that people go on that development journey with you. And they kind of get that passion to understand what you're trying to do.

This is where the transparency comes in. We've been very open. Since we showed gameplay for the first time last E3 we've been very open with our community talking about, "Hey, this is some of the stuff we're thinking about, here's some of the stuff on the roadmap". And, as well as that, running these technical alpha play tests, where we have people come in and play and give us direct feedback on features, give us… (obviously we survey them when they play), so give us feedback on how much fun they thought it was, how buggy they thought it was. You know, some really, really good stuff.



Craig Duncan: The other thing we said from the very start, is this is all about players as the critical source. And we wanted -- the way games are made now, how you socialise your gameplay experiences, whether you're tweeting about them or streaming or making videos -- people share games very differently. We can't say, "Hey, we want to make a game where every time you play, it's magic and it's a different story and it's unique and it's your adventure". So you kind of put those two things together, and, really, you need to build a game with a community to go do that, because everyone can play our game in a completely different way. And our players do - some players are very aggressively motivated and want to go seek ships and steal treasure and kill other pirates. Some are very exploration motivated and want to go travel the world.

And some are very socially motivated, they just want to go have a good time and play a game with their friends, so socially they can just go and have some fun.


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Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 03:02pm 11/01/17 | 2 Comments
Sea of Thieves from Rare is definitely one of 2017's most interesting titles, but also one that we're still not sure how it will all work, and if there's more to it than roaming the seas in a group in the search for treasure. Or, for other ship to steal their booty. But even if that's all their is to it, it certainly still sounds great. And the latest developer video on the project delves into the game's unique co-op structure.

From a design perspective it sounds like there's a huge focus on teamwork in Sea of Thieves, with everything from sailing to digging up treasure chests requiring a few people working together to get the best outcome.

Check it out.



As an online multiplayer game we did notice one of the devs using the word 'quest' in the video, which leads us to believe that Sea of Thieves will also feature some more traditional game-y aspects in addition to the free-form exploration and piracy.

Plus, that amazing water.
Monday, 18 July 2016
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 05:34pm 18/07/16 | 0 Comments
If it's not on your radar yet, we need to tell you to stop what you're doing and take a closer look at Rare's new IP, Sea of Thieves. Seriously. Because it's one of the most fun games we've had the pleasure of playing, and we were also lucky enough to have a chat with the notoriously reclusive studio about their new endeavour.

The setup is simple -- party with five people, man a ship and take to the high seas to do almost anything you want, including battling teams of other players. Find treasure, make people walk the plank, fight undead skeletons, escape the jaws of sharks, fight a kraken and do it all however you see fit.

Sea of Thieves is an emergent multiplayer beast that redefines player-driven gameplay. Here's a snippet from our chat with the games' design director Gregg Mayles and its executive producer Joe Neate.
Honestly, Sea of Thieves was probably the game I had the most fun with at E3, and I only played roughly 15-minutes of it, but it’s packed with potential. The game is a series of systems and opportunities, which then require the player to determine how they all work together. Actually, scratch that. It’s not the “player”, it’s players.

“It’s a shared-world experience; a shared adventure game,” adds executive producer Joe Neate. “And what that really means is that every time you see a set of sails in the distance, that’s another group of players and you’re not really sure what their intentions are -- are they going to come at you? Do they maybe need help? Do they want to parlay, or trade, or anything else?”

It’s best described as a kind of co-operative experience, with a team-based competitive side, as well as a personal progression component. You’re sort of forced to play together and perform individual roles, specifically on ships, but as a pirate it’s not a hard and fast ruleset -- you get to play the game how you like.
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