Building a crew of salty dogs in Sea of Thieves is going to get easier. During Microsoft’s presentation at this year’s Gamescom, developer Rare Ltd. confirmed that Sea of Thieves cross-platform play between PC and Xbox One will indeed be available at launch.
According to a further breakdown on the game’s official site, the development team are understandably excited at the prospects that cross-platform play will bring to the swashbuckling sandbox. “One of our Deckhands (the closest members of our community) had until recently never been able to play the game together as they game on different devices, but now they’re able to share an experience without the barrier that previously blocked them,” reads the post.
According to the same dev blog, this also opens the new wrinkle of making sure there’s balance between PC and Xbox One players, as PC players demonstrated a 4.5% higher efficiency in taking out foes than their Xbox One counterparts. The team has stated that they will be keeping an eye on the situation and are hoping their upcoming ballistics models for projectile weaponry will help.
Rare has confirmed that Sea of Thieves will launch simultaneously for Windows 10 and Xbox One sometime in early 2018. As a result, technical alpha tests from here on out will run on both platforms at the same time, unless testing of platform-specific features is necessary.
And just like that, the world of Sea of Thieves is opening up wide. We’re definitely delighted to learn that this free-wheeling pirate title is going to offer cross-platform play and we can’t wait to see this one arrive!
Source: official site