The story of the high seas for Rare and its pirating epic still needs to be finished, even if Sea of Thieves recently celebrated its fifth anniversary and ninth season. Rare intends to actively expand Sea of Thieves over the next five years, giving the game a lifecycle of (at least) ten years, according to a lengthy post on Xbox Wire.
From the first ideas to the current product, which has seen millions of players go to the broad seas in search of the best booty around, developers have taken a retrospective look at the path they’ve made to make Sea of Thieves what it is today.
Sea of Thieves has aspirations for the next five years, so it has a long way to go.
No notion was too absurd during the early phases of development for Rare and Sea of Thieves, according to the Xbox Wire story. Whatever that could have been fielded was.
According to rumors, Rare developed the game secretly, developing it without the knowledge of senior employees working on Xbox. Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, wasn’t shown what Rare had created up to that point until six months into the production process.
It wasn’t, however, all plain sailing. According to the Xbox Wire post, Rare had to remove certain materials from the prototype to publish the game on the schedule and with the greatest degree of stability. Some of that stuff was gradually reintroduced into the game. But, Rare generally understood that it was in it for the long haul, and material started trickling into the ecosystem.
In a statement, Rare’s Creative Director, Mike Chapman, discussed the game’s future:
Ten years of Sea of Thieves will seem like a long time, but we’ll also blink and be there. And I still believe we’ll have unfinished business when we get there.
The executive team of Rare met to plan the next five years of Sea of Thieves, which was revealed toward the end of the piece. Smuggling mechanics, sophisticated reputation systems, and other cool elements were mentioned. These features will keep the game, at least partially, active for the foreseeable future.
Do you intend to continue playing Sea of Thieves in five years? If not, why not?
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