Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - over 20m players. Season 2 begins 15th April.

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Over 15m players. Info on the future (p63).
by kazanova_Frankenstein » Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:50 pm

Been playing this with a mate the past few nights (doing the Tall Tales mostly). It really is brilliant and we are having a great laugh playing it. I do wish there was more than cosmetics in terms of progression, as it’s not something I am personally interested in, but the “main story” gives a good reason to keep playing, and I think it’s going to take a while to get through them all.

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Over 15m players. Info on the future (p63).
by Monkey Man » Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:52 am

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battle pass, which is entirely free for all players, seasons also introduce a separate premium component known as the Plunder Pass. This will unlock discounts for existing items in the premium Pirate Emporium store, alongside "a few" exclusive items.

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2021 ... -next-week

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Over 15m players. Season One starts 28th January.
by GrinWithoutaKat » Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:46 am

Right, time to try and get into this properly I think.

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Over 15m players. Season One starts 28th January.
by Photek » Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:41 pm

Unless I've miss understood, the Plunder Pass that you pay for is nothing really compared to the main Free Season pass.



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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Over 15m players. Season One starts 28th January.
by Monkey Man » Thu Jan 28, 2021 2:50 pm

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120Hz Performance Mode

On the Xbox Series X console, a performance mode is available supporting 120Hz at 1080p. Some TVs do not support 120Hz and HDR simultaneously, so HDR may need to be disabled from the Console Settings.

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Season One has started, inc 120Hz on XSX.
by Parksey » Tue Feb 02, 2021 4:27 am

Started playing this tonight, and it immediately grabbed me.

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I set off solo, after the Maiden Voyage, and spent roughly about three hours just doing the first Hoarders quest.

My first obstacle came when I simply couldn't find the treasure map island for the life of me on the world map. The game got tired of this and named it for me, and then I realised the island I had been searching for was immediatey north.

So I set off, with the wind at my back. And then at my side. And then at my front. As basically a short journey due north turned into me doing several figures of eight en route. I didn't realise for a while I was oversteering the ship and leaving the wheel hard left or right when I was running downstairs to check the map. I had several encounters where I used a nearby rock to stop the ship. At one point I was almost on the verge of sinking.

I got to my treasure easily enough and dug it up. I had a crew mate join and then grabbed the wheel. My short return to the outpost turned into my vessel being commandeered and I immediately feared for my life. I've heard of hijackings at sea and I was being Captain Phillips'd. We sailed right past the outpost into the blue yonder, and all I could do was nervously eye my precious bounty and two treasure chests (my sole belongings in this strange world) and utter "No!" and "I'll deliver!" in the in-game chat.

My newfound crewmate/tormentor despite being a "Pirate Legend", also seemed to have developed the knack for using a rock to stop, and we crashed into a tiny island with one store on it. I used this opportunity to flee, grabbing my skull and one chest, and desperately pleading with the isolated storekeeper to take my booty (he didn't). In the meantime my crewmate had started sailing off, but upon hearing my pathetic cries ("No!", "I'll Deliver!") he also bailed. But this time no rocks were around to helpfully bring the ship to a halt, and we both saw it plough ahead into the distance and out of sight. He helpfully told me "The Ship Has Sunk", which to be quite frank, wasn't an accurate apportioning of blame.

My loot was on a rickety pier, on an island where it was unwanted by the local shop. I had to leave it there and jump in the sea, where a willing mermaid was offering to help me. Having already been burned and suffering from trust issues, I thought it might turn out to be a siren and I'd ended up buggered yet again.

Thankfully I didn't respawn that far away, and could remember where my loot was. I expected it to despawn once I got a new ship but lo and behold it was still waiting for me on the pier. By now I was getting anxious, so with my new found sailing skills (i.e. I could turn left and right when needed) I raced back to the Golden Outpost with treasure worth literally tens of pounds.

I got there in time, collected my booty and with doubloon signs in my eyes went out in search of a riddle, with another random crewmate in tow. But I've had too much grog so that's a tale for another night.

So yeah, I can see what Rare meant when they said they were looking at being very hands-off with the game and letting players create their own stories. I was messaging a group of friends with live updates of my voyage, and it's definitely a case of "and then this unexpected gooseberry fool happens" repeatedly and unexpectedly happening.

It was quite a brutal opening (I imagine more so before the tutorial was added) but crucially the unplanned chaos was always on the right side of inconvenient-but-fun rather than frustrating. The unpredictable violence or haphazard crewmates add to the pirate theme brilliant, and it's fitting that you're always teetering on the edge of failure or success, of riches or of losing it all at sea, of a violent or ignoble death. It feels like a player-led MMO, rather than developer or content-led.

I love Destiny but you're going through content and hoops created by Bungie. You're doing a carefully crafted raid, or blasting through strikes with a set rhythm. Here, a lot of what was happening was the result of a players actions - be it through my own mistakes and being a gooseberry fool pirate, or through someone else interfering maliciously or otherwise.

I can see some problems with this approach. The always-online, always-PVP will bother some (it doesn't bother me, I like the constant danger and fear of another ship on the horizon) and the horizontal, cosmetic-only progression has admirable, logical aims, but I wonder how long it'll keep my interest with the lack of powerful carrots dangling from sticks. In Destiny, cosmetics and how I look doesn't really interest me, but I go chasing powerful guns. Here, I wonder if different coloured clothes and guns will keep me interested. The lure of loot is enticing now, but I'm not sure I have an end goal for that loot yet. I know there are now story quests and the like, mind, so I'm not thinking short term, more I wonder what my long term drive will be.

And ultimately, it was really fun solo. But as I was messaging a few friends (interested in the game but either lacking the means to play it or hesitant to jump on board), I was wishing this calamity of errors, these first tentative, often-faltering footsteps into the world, were shared with a group of friends, mic'd up and on the same boat, rather than through my phone.

Still, the world seems a mix of the heinous and the helpful, so I do look forward to the random encounters.

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Season One has started, inc 120Hz on XSX.
by kazanova_Frankenstein » Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:20 pm

This is a brilliant account. I would love to have a GR sail-a-thon.

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Season One has started, inc 120Hz on XSX.
by Robbo-92 » Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:16 pm

How is this in single player these days? I'd be lying if I said I was never interested by it but I typically just play games offline in single player, would I get any enjoyment from this now? I recall at launch it was quite bare bones to what it is now but not sure if the focus is still focused purely at online play.

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Season One has started, inc 120Hz on XSX.
by GrinWithoutaKat » Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:46 pm

I know quite a few people that love playing solo. It's a bit too stressful for me. Everything takes a bit longer on your own (a lot of the game involves carrying treasure from an island to your ship, then from your ship to a merchant), and I worry so much about being attacked I return to a friendly port for too often. I've actually had very little occasions where anyone has even bothered to attack me, but it's still a possibility and I can't fully relax. I was finding groups on the official discord for a while and got some huge hauls, but also seen examples of people forming groups, spending an hour or more gathering treasure and then scuttling the ship to troll their crew mates. That put me right off and I've not played it much since.

There is some story content there that I didn't even know about, and I think they've been adding more with this last update.

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Season One has started, inc 120Hz on XSX.
by Robbo-92 » Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:14 pm

Might wait and see how this year pans out for it then if they’re adding more content, thanks.

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Season One has started, inc 120Hz on XSX.
by kazanova_Frankenstein » Tue Feb 02, 2021 3:27 pm

The Tall Tales are an excellent 25 is hour experience (note, i have only done a handful of them, but have seen real variety in the mechanics offered). They are a bit lonely in SP though, i found them much more fun when i played through with a mate.

As i understand it the progress system implemented with Season 1 should mean that handing in gold / skulls etc is less critical to unlocking the various cosmetics. I have not dipped back in to try it however, so can't say for certain.

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Season One has started, inc 120Hz on XSX.
by Photek » Tue Feb 02, 2021 3:48 pm

GrinWithoutaKat wrote:There is some story content there that I didn't even know about, and I think they've been adding more with this last update.

There's easily about 14hrs worth and it was added about a year ago, they start off relatively fetch questy but you can now save in middle of them, so you can checkpoint where you are..

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Season One has started, inc 120Hz on XSX.
by DarkRula » Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:26 pm

Short notice, but I'll be streaming this in around an hour and half if anyone wants to join. I'll just be doing quests from the gold hoarders company as per the norm, but it would be nice to have others with me.

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Season One has started, inc 120Hz on XSX.
by kazanova_Frankenstein » Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:44 pm

Crap. I could have done 7pm but not 8pm. Also I think I uninstalled it from my 1X last week (still on my Series X). This is the most unhelpful, irrelevant post I think I have ever made. Sorry.

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Season One has started, inc 120Hz on XSX.
by DarkRula » Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:45 pm

No worries. It'll be good to get a group together one time, if people are interested. If anyone does want to hit me up, I'll be taking the three person ship (forgot the name) so you'd easily be able to join.

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Season One has started, inc 120Hz on XSX.
by KingK » Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:45 pm

Please can anyone point me to some starter tips for a noob, playing solo?

Bought this for my 12yr old for Xmas after he’d played it for a couple of weeks online with a school mate courtesy of GamePass. He was enjoying it and asked for it for Xmas. However his mate stopped playing it after I bought my lad the digital version. Turns out, my son has no idea what to do on his own and never cashed the digital Code in either as he didn’t want to play it solo (kids eh?)

I’m thinking if I can get some starting points for him then he might be interested enough to redeem the code and try it. It’s not a game I’m interested in really - did try it myself on game pass but gave up quickly.

If not, anyone interested in an unused digital code for a slightly better-than-base version (I think it has a couple of dlc things included)?

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Season One has started, inc 120Hz on XSX.
by GrinWithoutaKat » Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:18 am

DarkRula wrote:No worries. It'll be good to get a group together one time, if people are interested. If anyone does want to hit me up, I'll be taking the three person ship (forgot the name) so you'd easily be able to join.


I'd definitely be interested!

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by DarkRula » Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:34 am

GrinWithoutaKat wrote:
DarkRula wrote:No worries. It'll be good to get a group together one time, if people are interested. If anyone does want to hit me up, I'll be taking the three person ship (forgot the name) so you'd easily be able to join.


I'd definitely be interested!


Well, if you're free today at 20:00, I'll be streaming over on the GRcade Twitch channel, after I had to abandon doing so yesterday.

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Season One has started, inc 120Hz on XSX.
by GrinWithoutaKat » Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:48 am

DarkRula wrote:
GrinWithoutaKat wrote:
DarkRula wrote:No worries. It'll be good to get a group together one time, if people are interested. If anyone does want to hit me up, I'll be taking the three person ship (forgot the name) so you'd easily be able to join.


I'd definitely be interested!


Well, if you're free today at 20:00, I'll be streaming over on the GRcade Twitch channel, after I had to abandon doing so yesterday.


Sure will be. I'm sure there's a few updates needed on PC so I'll make sure to get them downloaded this afternoon.

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PostRe: Sea of Thieves (XSX|S/XB1/Win10/Steam) - Season One has started, inc 120Hz on XSX.
by Photek » Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:08 pm

The (free) season pass is great, getting drunk, burning food and blowing up a shark with an explosive barrel are among the things to do which is what this game is all about imo.

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