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Sea of Thieves will never have loot boxes, Rare says

Rare  Microsoft Studios Rare Microsoft Studios
Pete Mitchell | 14 February, 2018, 19:55

If there's a premium shop it may sell loot boxes, some anxious.

However, Sea of Thieves will not immediately start asking for money, and will never feature randomized loot box drops.

In the interview Rare's development team was also present which allowed for an explanation into what Skeleton Forts will be in the full game. I really want to believe in them.

As such, Microsoft and Rare will introduce pet micro-transactions to the game after its release.

According to IGN, Sea of Thieves will launch without any microtransactions at all, but will add some about three months after release.

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'"For launch, it's about delivering the best gameplay experience possible, being there, reacting, listening, taking feedback and everything else", executive producer Joe Neate stressed.

"But we have to have an optional way for people to spend money in our game, because we are running it as a service with a large team", Neate says.

Rare insisted the premium shop will sell nothing that affects player power or progression.

So it gives us great pleasure 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. As such, while microtransactions are a possibility somewhere down the line, the more controversial loot crates are not. "We thought long and hard about what's right for our game experience, and the key thing we think is that it has to add to the fun, social nature of the game". However, you'll always know exactly what you're buying. You can also take the visual fidelity as high as you'd like, as evidenced by the spec sheet for the game provided by the studio. "It'll come back. It'll be fine!" How it'll fare once it actually arrives next month is anyone's guess, but in the meantime I'm enjoying the trickle of information every so often that helps us figure out what the final version will be like. Also, he said that there will be zero microtransactions in Sea of Thieves on launch.

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