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automaticswim
Jan 7, 2005

butt interrogator




Beta release trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ-owieL4cw
Gameplay reveal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQlsN6EO2oU
Technical alpha update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc-7GHh5iP8
Expect bugs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIANa7BRtEA
76 minutes of gameplay (October): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TURxcLUux4
More gameplay, including stealing another pirate ship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCu0zlvZr_E
Find a stream on Twitch, there's a lot currently.
Ehud will start streaming tonight after 7pm EST
Sneaking onboard, blowing it up, and vomit musicals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQbv1TowkJA
More content stuff and explanation of progression: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB9hJNfMa5M

Underwater exploration and discoveries:



What is Sea of Thieves? And who's developing it?
Sea of Thieves is a coming-soon action adventure, developed by Rare and published by Microsoft, where you play as a pirate, with three other friends (may or may not be increased, no official comment yet) to do piratey things. Open world and first person perspective, your group will take on the roles on a pirate ship such as steering, hoisting sails, navigation, firing cannons and other misc. tasks. Things to do in-game will involve quests, island exploring, diving and sea exploration, shoot yourself out of a cannon to land on another pirate ship player vs player combat with other pirate crews, and other to-be-announced features. Not technically an MMO, but you will be able to encounter other crews regularly in an open shared world.

What platforms can I buy/play this on?
Unfortunately, the Microsoft Store is the only place you can buy it online. It is not and will likely never be available on Steam.
There is cross-play, and play-anywhere with Game Pass, meaning if you purchase it you can play it on either the Xbox One or PC if you have Windows 10. Oh, also, this is exclusive to Windows 10 and will not run on Windows 7 due to this requirement. You can (and probably should) get it via Amazon digital code for Xbox One (cross platform, the key you get will also let you install the Win10 version).

What type of weapons can we use?
You will have a few types of weapons for use during combat with other players, or with NPC's that you run into. They are:
  • Blunderbuss
  • Swords
  • Muskets
  • Flintlock pistols
  • A sniper rifle, the "Eye of Reach" - thanks again AirRaid.
  • Ship cannons (that you can climb in and fire yourself out of hnnnng)

Will there be more content other than sailing, fighting, quests and underwater/island exploration?
Full feature list isn't out there and definitely not in the beta, but there's been a lot of hinting by the developers that what is in beta is limited and not full game content, and while I'd like to say there is much more to be had, I'm just as skeptical as you about limited content. What we can say for sure is that Microsoft wants to push their proprietary store hard to compete with Steam, so expect there to be future expansions or updates, likely as paid DLC just like everything else these days.

Will there be sea monsters or scary things beneath the waves? What about land-based enemies?
The developers have hinted heavily at sea monsters, giant and not-so-giant, including mention of a kraken. When or where you'll see that isn't known yet.
You can run into other pirate crews on islands. You can steal their treasure, or even their ship. They can do the same to yours. There will also be PvE, skeletons and things like that, to deal with.

The alpha/technical test was limited, what's being shown in the beta?
Rare has released patchnotes for the beta of what is going to be included this time.

Progression & Economy Updates
  • Longer Voyages - Voyages now take you further afield, and encourage exploration of the wider seas.
  • Economy Balancing - Shop prices have been doubled in line with increased rewards.
  • Cursed Chests - More! We've increased the number of Cursed Treasure Chests in the world, let us know if you think this is too many, or still too little.
  • Treasure Chests Renamed -
  • Castaway’s Chest was Treasure Chest
  • Seafarer’s Chest was Rare Treasure Chest
  • Marauder’s Chest wasLegendary Treasure Chest
  • Captain’s Chest was Mythical Treasure Chest

Features
  • Make Friends Emote - Let's be friends! Activate the 'Make Friends' emote with another player to become friends in Xbox Live!
  • World Map Pins - Make it clearer than ever where you're going by placing a pin on the world map for the rest of your crew to view.
  • World Map Ship Trail - Took a wrong turn? Now you'll be able to see where your ship has travelled by looking at your ship trail on the world map.
  • Ship Visibility - Keep your eye on the horizon! Ships are now visible from further afar, will you fight or flee?
  • Weapon Focus - When using projectile weapons, aiming down the sights will cause the surrounding area to show a slight blur to help you focus on your target.
  • Cannon Loading Context - Every time you interact with a cannon, your equipped item will change to a cannonball. Now you can man your cannons more efficiently!
  • Compass Spins in Storm - Navigating in the Storms just got harder! Pirates will have to trust their eye, and on their compass not rely!

Equippable Items
  • Spyglass - Bet you didn't see this coming! Seeing is believing! Look what what arrived in the See of Thieves! Find it in your inventory. I regret nothing.
  • Eye Of Reach - Now it's never been more valuable to have a set of eyes in the crows nest. The Eye of Reach is the first long distance scoped weapon in the Sea of Thieves.
  • Bilge Rat Clothing - What was once brown is now green!

Island Updates
  • Gunpowder Barrels – Here comes the BOOM! Gunpowder barrels are now available on Islands. You can pick them up, blow them up or use them as traps.
  • Skeleton Rebalance - We've made some changes to the skeletons, let us know how they feel now.

Player Settings
  • Dynamic Keybinding - When rebinding controls on keyboard, mouse or controller, you can now press the button you want to bind an action to. Simple!
  • Windows 10 PC Specific Settings
  • Make sure you have installed the latest drivers for your graphics cards.
  • PC Walk - Now players can walk by pressing ‘Left Control’, important for sneaking up on skeletons!

How do I find others to play with if I have no friends that are in the beta or pre-ordered?
Mumble: https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3796734
Discord: https://discord.gg/wtUFUE5

What if I don't want friends and want to sail alone?
There are ships for 1 or 2 player setups, so if you want to sail alone, or with just one other friend, you can. You are not going to be forced to play with others in your crew if you don't want to.

I haven't updated this poo poo since release date!

automaticswim fucked around with this message at Apr 25, 2018 around 00:43

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moist turtleneck
Jul 17, 2003

Represent.

Dinosaur Gum

Finally, Bone Krew and PC can fight each other on the open seas

AirRaid
Dec 21, 2004

Nose Manual + Super Sonic Spin Attack

There is a new weapon: a Sniper Rifle (essentially). If has a fancy name, Eye of something or other but I forget.

e: Oh, "Eye of Reach". It's mentioned in the "equippable items" part of the patch notes.

To access all your firearms you'll need to use the scroll wheel to cycle through using 1 or 2 to select will only get your pistol or blunderbuss depending on what you last used.

Also: There's a SoT specific goon discord here - https://discord.gg/wtUFUE5 - could use a few more members though.

AirRaid fucked around with this message at Jan 24, 2018 around 17:09

automaticswim
Jan 7, 2005

butt interrogator


Added sniper rifle and discord to op, thanks.

Been watching this one while at work: https://www.twitch.tv/kinggothalion

They just spent 20 minutes trying to find treasure on an island, for it to be the wrong island, and then they ran aground and their ship was filling with water. I can see myself doing that a lot tonight.

AirRaid
Dec 21, 2004

Nose Manual + Super Sonic Spin Attack

automaticswim posted:

They just spent 20 minutes trying to find treasure on an island, for it to be the wrong island, and then they ran aground and their ship was filling with water. I can see myself doing that a lot tonight.

This was my exact experience the first time I jumped into a 4 man pubbie crew. I spent 5 minutes convincing a guy who "can't find this drat chest dude where is it?!" that he was on completely the wrong island. Then they set sail and went straight off the map and got auto-sunk. Then they crashed head on into an island. Then I left.

Popete
Oct 6, 2009

This will make sure you don't suggest to the KDz
That he should grow greens instead of crushing on MCs

Grimey Drawer

Is there a way to play the beta right now without spending money on a pre-order?

automaticswim
Jan 7, 2005

butt interrogator


Only if you signed up for the pioneer program before Dec 1st.

You could just pre-order (if you can afford it) then cancel it after the beta if you're not impressed.

Internet Explorer
Jun 1, 2005

OFFICIAL BITCH OF DANBO DAXTER




Oven Wrangler

Really love the aesthetics and sailing feel of this game. There's just something about the artwork and the way the waves work and seeing a storm on the horizon. The "FPS" side of things is terrible and I really hope they add more content, but right now I am cautiously optimistic.

Ehud
Sep 19, 2003



I'm gonna play this tonight after work. I may post the twitch stream if that's kosher.

automaticswim
Jan 7, 2005

butt interrogator


If you give me the link now I'll toss it in OP as well, but yeah the more the merrier

vv done, added under the media stuff

automaticswim fucked around with this message at Jan 24, 2018 around 17:55

Ehud
Sep 19, 2003



automaticswim posted:

If you give me the link now I'll toss it in OP as well, but yeah the more the merrier

twitch.tv/ehudlfg

I'll be on around 7 eastern tonight.

moist turtleneck
Jul 17, 2003

Represent.

Dinosaur Gum

I tried hard resetting my xbonx at lunch but it still thinks it isn't time to play the beta

I was hoping I could take a half day and get built up so when my bros got online I could do this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpUVb54lk2o

automaticswim
Jan 7, 2005

butt interrogator


There's a terrible "work around" for the too early message people are getting on reddit:

A better explanation for those who pre-ordered and cannot get in due too early bug.
  • Open MS store app, click ... and account.
  • Go to payment > order history
  • Cancel your Pre-order
  • Uninstall the client if you had already installed it.
  • Go to amazon and buy the Xbox One digital code (its cross platform)
  • Get code from your e-mail and go to https://redeem.microsoft.com/ -- redeem
  • Open this link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/sto...4wfhg498g?rtc=1
  • Click open store
  • Should now allow you to install the closed beta client

This should work fine because you aren't billed for Microsoft Store pre-orders until release date, so there's no worry about double-billing, and Amazon's delivery is immediate from what people are posting.

That's if you really want in right now and not later, though. Also that should 'fix' the same bug with the Xbox version.

2DCAT
Jun 24, 2015

I am the one that meows in the night!

Grimey Drawer

moist turtleneck
Jul 17, 2003

Represent.

Dinosaur Gum

Yeah I think I'll just wait for them to fix it

Well, depending on if it's fixed when I get home in a few hours...

moist turtleneck
Jul 17, 2003

Represent.

Dinosaur Gum

https://twitter.com/SeaOfThieves/st...254310731575297

hot diggity

Luffles
Jul 25, 2007

The Bird of Hermes Is My Name, Eating My Wings To Make Me Tame


automaticswim posted:

There's a terrible "work around" for the too early message people are getting on reddit:

A better explanation for those who pre-ordered and cannot get in due too early bug.
  • Open MS store app, click ... and account.
  • Go to payment > order history
  • Cancel your Pre-order
  • Uninstall the client if you had already installed it.
  • Go to amazon and buy the Xbox One digital code (its cross platform)
  • Get code from your e-mail and go to https://redeem.microsoft.com/ -- redeem
  • Open this link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/sto...4wfhg498g?rtc=1
  • Click open store
  • Should now allow you to install the closed beta client

This should work fine because you aren't billed for Microsoft Store pre-orders until release date, so there's no worry about double-billing, and Amazon's delivery is immediate from what people are posting.

That's if you really want in right now and not later, though. Also that should 'fix' the same bug with the Xbox version.

Didn't need to uninstall the client, this worked for me.

Dr. VooDoo
May 4, 2006

O, for a muse of fire

Having trouble getting voyages started so far my first game. We voted on one voyage and then nothing would happen

Captain Gordon
Jul 22, 2004



automaticswim posted:


Stealing treasure, ship to ship combat, general pirate stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9nX2QUaKio


That's literally Blackwake, a different game.

automaticswim
Jan 7, 2005

butt interrogator


l o l i was grabbing YT links and didn't check it, oops. removed so i can find a better one showing ship combat

Captain Gordon
Jul 22, 2004



Its ok, I liked your OP

Ehud
Sep 19, 2003



Just got home from work. Getting the too early bug. Hopefully it will be fixed soon. They replied to a few people on Twitter and said they are rolling out the fix now:

https://twitter.com/SeaOfThieves/st...277593610780673

https://twitter.com/SeaOfThieves/st...281265111683072

Empress Brosephine
Mar 31, 2012


Winner of the "Poor Games Poster" avatar.

So is this bad or something like no one taking about it

Equate
Nov 11, 2011



The way I fixed it on PC.
installed the Xbox insider hub.
Downloaded the game (from microsoft store, poo poo was broke).
Uninstalled game.
Uninstalled Xbox insider hub.
Reinstalled Hub.
Reinstalled game.
Works.... no clue why but it works.

Internet Explorer
Jun 1, 2005

OFFICIAL BITCH OF DANBO DAXTER




Oven Wrangler

Empress Brosephine posted:

So is this bad or something like no one taking about it

This test is the first without an NDA, and even previously most people were in a "technical alpha" that was only open for a few days a month, if that.

My experience so far is that it's fun but it needs more to do.

moist turtleneck
Jul 17, 2003

Represent.

Dinosaur Gum

I played for about 15 mins earlier

They really need a way to adjust brightness because the ship is hella dark at night

Is there a specific place I'm supposed to put a chest until I get back to an outpost?

Internet Explorer
Jun 1, 2005

OFFICIAL BITCH OF DANBO DAXTER




Oven Wrangler

moist turtleneck posted:

I played for about 15 mins earlier

They really need a way to adjust brightness because the ship is hella dark at night

Is there a specific place I'm supposed to put a chest until I get back to an outpost?

Nope, wherever you want.

Ehud
Sep 19, 2003



https://twitter.com/SeaOfThieves/st...308391827296257

Internet Explorer
Jun 1, 2005

OFFICIAL BITCH OF DANBO DAXTER




Oven Wrangler


Whilst? Ugh, preorder canceled.

Fresh Shesh Besh
May 14, 2013




Not mine tho gently caress

Ehud
Sep 19, 2003



I just reinstalled and got in.

But also it may just be that the fix hit my account while I was waiting.

Dr. VooDoo
May 4, 2006

O, for a muse of fire

So as an experiment I wanted to see what playing with random pubbies was like. First ship had a guy who was adamant about driving the ship, constantly went off course to chase other pirates, and would hop off the wheel to try to fire cannons at the other ships which resulted in two ships being sunk from running aground. Safe to say the age old wisdom of stick with friends or goons holds true here as well

moist turtleneck posted:

Is there a specific place I'm supposed to put a chest until I get back to an outpost?

A lot of pubbies stick them in the captains quarters on the big ship but it’s super easy to steal them with a quick boarding when they do that

Dr. VooDoo fucked around with this message at Jan 25, 2018 around 00:21

A 50S RAYGUN
Aug 21, 2011


if anyone wants to play this you can add the gamertag my pc made for this game instead of my actual gamertag: surestplayer700

gently caress you windows 10

Fresh Shesh Besh
May 14, 2013



I had to "join" the beta through the Xbox Insider Hub desktop app, but it's working now. Installing.

Will promptly be removing the app though once I don't need it though.

EDIT: Nevermind I was wrong and this piece of poo poo is still broken.

Fresh Shesh Besh fucked around with this message at Jan 25, 2018 around 01:32

Ehud
Sep 19, 2003



It seems like a lot of the party stuff is really broken right now. I've been trying to do an invitation to my brother to join my crew and it just doesn't work.

Bum the Sad
Aug 25, 2002

God Damnit

Hell Gem

Stupid poo poo still says too early.

A 50S RAYGUN
Aug 21, 2011


I'm liking this a lot so far, not a whole lot of depth but even solo slooping is super fun

Bum the Sad
Aug 25, 2002

God Damnit

Hell Gem

A 50S RAYGUN posted:

I'm liking this a lot so far, not a whole lot of depth but even solo slooping is super fun

gently caress you

sleepwalkers
Dec 7, 2008




So uh how do I like... get gold... and do things? So far I've been dumped into a world with no explanation on what I can do.

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GODDAMN FOOL
Aug 23, 2005


Find the cool dude that gives treasure quests, jump on any random ship nearby (there'll always be at least one), go to the map on your second deck, pick a mission, then press E to pull up your treasure map and compare it to the map table to find out where it is

alternatively a lot of islands you randomly go to tend to have a chest hidden somewhere

(also shipwrecks)

Edit: edit: nevermind

GODDAMN FOOL fucked around with this message at Jan 25, 2018 around 03:45

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