According to Rare, Sea of Thieves is going to have microtransactions in the game, however, it might not be how you think.
Over the past year, a lot of people have shunned games that offer microtransactions; it pretty much started with EAs Battlefront 2. But while Sea of Thieves will have microtransactions the developer says that it will not be advantageous microtransactions. They will technically be loot boxes though because you will be able to use either in-game currency or real life currency to purchase the items.
Sea of Thieves says that the items in the microtransactions will only have cosmetic items either for your character or your crew/ship. This is what they had to say about the game and the impending microtransactions:
“Our focus at launch [is] on a great game experience. When we deliver this first major update, that’s when we’ll turn on the ability for players to spend money optionally.
“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. So anything in this area will not impact power or progression, and you’ll always know what you’re getting – so that means no loot crates.”
The executive producer Joe Neate for Sea of Thieves says that you will without a doubt be able to earn plenty of in-game currency to get all the cosmetic upgrades you want, there also might be a way to receive these items as a reward in Sea of Thieves as well. Nonetheless, they still added the option for real-life currency to purchase the non-loot boxes. In the end, Joe had said that the biggest reason they decided to use real-life currency to purchase these cosmetic upgrades is an understandable one – it takes money (lots of money!) to make a video game. So if they can make money by letting players purchase cosmetics for real money, they’re going to do it. Personally, I don’t blame them. I’ve said from day 1 with all that EA crap that I think its fine for a gaming company to offer cosmetic loot for money. Its when you start letting players BUY their way to better weapons, heroes or traits that the line begins to get crossed.
Rare has said that the first microtransactions will include pets – pets of all kinds; birds, monkeys, cats, etc.
“It’ll either be on a shoulder, like a monkey or like a cat on the ship”, explains Neate. “But it’ll kind of benefits everyone socially and emotionally. So if I’ve got a cat, I can pick up it up and look at it, or you can pick it up and run off with it. Obviously, when you put it down it’ll come back.”
Sea of Thieves is getting released on March 20th. It will also automatically be added to the Xbox Game Pass because its an exclusive title to Xbox. You can also still pre-order the game or any of the accessories below.
Remember, those with Prime get 20% off the game!