Sea of Thieves passes five million-player mark


Sea of Thieves has been played by more than five million gamers.

Undoubtedly, Rare Software’s online pirate-life simulator has been helped to pass that significant milestone quicker due to being available on Xbox One, PC and via Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription programme. But the recent arrival of the Cursed Sails update, effectively addressing player concerns about a lack of content and variety, has also helped.

Microsoft announced that Sea of Thieves’ player base had exceeded 5 million in a blogpost. In it, Sea of Thieves executive producer Joe Neate said: “Being able to share that we’ve welcomed more than five million players to Sea of Thieves since launch is both inspiring and humbling. Home to players from all over the world, the thriving Sea of Thieves community includes an army of content creators who have helped the game rack up 300 million views on YouTube and more than 40 million live broadcast hours on Twitch. Seeing our creative community embrace the possibilities that Sea of Thieves presents is an inspiration to everyone at the studio.” 

Neate also expounded on some of the features beyond the Cursed Sails campaign which the recent update brought: “As the next step on our journey, this free Cursed Sails update brings a range of new features to Sea of Thieves, including Skeleton Ships and the new Brigantine three-player ship. A personal favourite of us at Rare is the new Alliance feature that allows players to meet in the world, form an alliance and adventure together, but always with the chance that the temptation of treachery could get too much…”

To check out the latest Sea of Thieves news, keep an eye on its official website.

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