Rare opens up about PC specs for upcoming Sea of Thieves release

Marlene Weaver
February 15, 2018

"Sea of Thieves" is developer Rare's first foray into the PC market, and it wanted to make sure it nailed down that demographic just right.

Later in the interview, Neate proclaimed that Rare will support Sea of Thieves for as long as people want to play it. The game is described as being an open-world, first-person, massive multiplayer online RPG, where players are free to explore, find treasure, amass huge battlefleets, and, of course, conduct raids. "That said, he affirmed that "...there will never be loot crates in Sea of Thieves". I know we should never say never as many studios have added them in afterward, but Chapman is conceding that although they may put microtransactions in, he's betting his reputation on not allowing any "form of gambling in Sea of Thieves, of any description".

"It's entirely optional, but if you had a monkey, for example, you'll be able to hold it like you can other things in the game, but then I'll also be able to hold it, then drop it overboard, because that's amusing", Neate explained.

Rare even goes the extra mile and gives you an idea of what performance you'd be getting with the various hardware.

With this being an Xbox Play Anywhere title that means you will have the option of playing on both Xbox One and PC and the game is cross-platform between both of the platforms. Luckily, Rare seems to agree and it looks like it will just be an additional way players can customize their pirating experience. "It's with great pleasure then for us to announce that after all of the above, and more than a year of working with our partners at AMD, Intel and NVIDIA, it's time to smash a bottle of rum against our PC specifications so that you can see how your rig will fare".

"It's always an interesting topic, but ultimately I have to look at the reality of running a game-as-service as a business".

Outside of that, Neate also explained that going back now to include the feature would be technically difficult: "I think going back and adding a split screen and stuff, the performance challenge would be really hard". However, going towards the enthusiast end, anyone looking to enjoy the game on maximum graphics settings on a 4K display at 60fps, will require an i7 4790 or a Ryzen 5 1600, along with a GTX 1080ti or a RX Vega 64.

Pre-orders are open now on Amazon, with the base game costing £42 for the Xbox One, and £54 for PC.

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