Sea of Thieves' closed beta starts tomorrow

Doris Richards
January 23, 2018

Sea of Thieves' closed beta is due to kick off this Wednesday, and Rare has released a new developer update just ahead of it to show off the game's gorgeous open world.

The only other way is to pre-order the game.

When does the Sea of Thieves closed beta start? Our Video Settings go all the way down to 540p, and our Graphics Settings go all the way down to "Cursed" (yes, we may have taken some creative licence here!), but we really do want to know how you get on as our rendering team's ambition is "to get Sea of Thieves running on a potato" - whatever that means!

According to the FAQ, there are two ways pre-ordering the game will get you access. But if you want to know what the closed beta contains, how to gain access to the closed beta, and when and how to download the Sea of Thieves closed beta client, read on. And expect to meet each other too, Sea of Thieves supports cross platform play between Xbox One and PC. If you pre-ordered digitally through the Xbox or Microsoft store, then the beta will appear automatically.


"We've crafted a bespoke experience for Closed Beta players that has been created to give everyone a taste of the pirate life that they can expect in the full version of the game at release".

The water in Sea of Thieves is especially handsome, as one would hope, considering how a chunk of the game takes place on the open seas with pirate ships. Rare have cooked up what's on offer in the beta specially to give would-be pirates an idea of what to expect, but keep "a good selection of things up [their] sleeves for players to discover at launch".

What can we glean from that? Expect the beta to perform something like a demo - that's what betas are getting ever closer to these days, anyway - and the rest of the language used suggests this will be a kind of polished "vertical slice". Those who have been invited to participate in the closed beta will get to hunt for buried treasure by following treasure maps and solving riddles, explore the world and the sea, braving terrifying storms and participating in (hopefully) epic battles as they do.

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