Pirate ships, Booty and Music…
Above Video: Lazy Town ‘You Are A Pirate’.
Not that kind of music but rather this:
Above Video: Instruments In Sea Of Thieves.
In Sea Of Thieves you are and your friends ARRGH pirates’, in a massive online world filled with other players. You may have seen or read about this Xbox/Windows exclusive and that’s because its set to be a big selling point for Microsoft in 2018.
However, with a current ongoing closed beta and only a select few players being able to play the early version, the question is; will it live up to the hype…? Let’s find out.
Gather A Crew – Gameplay & Content
Sea Of Thieves developed by Rare allows players to create their own adventures, solo or with their friends. There isn’t an overarching story in this title but rather ‘Quests’.
Quests are essentially points of interests, where players on their travels for fame and fortune ‘One Piece Style’ explore and uncover various mysteries in the world. These could be either secret islands to discover, treasure’s to uncover, bounties or shipwrecks.
In an interview with ‘Eurogamer’ Gregg Mayles a developer at Rare stated “We didn’t want it to feel like it’s a linear game which players are progressing along,” adding that. “We also don’t want a world where players feel like there’s no lore. It’s finding that happy medium where players feel like they are part of the story which already exists in the world.”
Expect some form of pirate lore found within hidden caves, islands and shipwrecks.
Freedom is therefore a pirates’ life for me… Gather a crew of up to 6 players (not accurate only speculation) or be Jack Sparrow, embarking the Seven Seas alone…
Above Video: Captain Jack Sparrow Funny Scene.
Whatever your preference you can be rest assured to be:
- Fighting with your friends over who is captain.
- Settling your dispute with the plank and sharks because you became captain.
- Playing music with various instruments such as the ‘Hurdy Gurdy’.
- Sinking other crew’s ships and stealing treasure, whilst loading yourself into a cannon and taking the fight aboard the enemy ship.
- Drinking rum, smoking pipes and scrubbing floors.
- Listening to captains orders or sailing into a huge ravaging storm.
- Being attacked by the undead ashore a hidden island in hopes of booty.
- Dock your “claustrophobic ship… and get a breath of fresh air”.
- And much more…
Above Video: Sea Of Thieves E3 2017 Gameplay.
The thing I am most excited about, is the fact that it seems to have an online dynamic element. What I mean by that is they’re not restricting players with content or things to be able to do. This allows us to let our imagination run wild and experiment with various situations in the world, without moments feeling scripted or ‘programmed’.
ARRGH The Unreal Engine – Graphics & System Requirements
Whether you are sporting an Xbox One X or S you can be happy to know that both produce 4K but with the Xbox One X being locked in at 60 FPS (frames per second). No word on the Xbox One S FPS but I imagine it would be 30FPS. If you have an original Xbox One you can still also enjoy beautiful HD 1080P resolution.
PC seems to be very well optimized, with the minimum specs being quite tolerable for low end gaming PC’s:
- Core i3-2115C 2.0GHz or Athlon II X3 455
- GeForce GTX 660 or AMD HD 7850
- 4 GB RAM
- Win 10 64-bit
- DX 11
- 15 GB HDD space
Developers have also stated that “We’ve actually added a 540p mode, so you can go below HD. We’ve also added a 15 fps frame rate lock because when we were talking to the community some people were like: I’m actually happy playing 15 frames per second. We were like: that’s actually really cool, we should support that”
Meaning that more players will have access to this game without having to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on new gaming parts or a new PC. So in terms of equity it deserves a tick in that department.
Either way the game should look very stunning graphically and sound wise on the Unreal Engine. This will further player immersion and put a bow tie in what should be a masterpiece.
Above Video: Sea Of Thieves 2015 Graphics/Reveal Gameplay Trailer.
Fly The Black Flag
Sea Of Thieves releases 2018, with a solid date to be announced hopefully soon rather than later. All those times of dressing up and pretending to be pirates’ as kids might have finally amounted to something, and I am glad that I prepared for the rough seas ahead.
I hope you enjoyed this pirate preview, let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.
Stay tuned on this post for more news as time goes on.
Have a great day matey’s and take care!