Rare holding Sea of Thieves scale test this weekend


According to a post on the official Sea of Thieves website, Xbox Insiders and those who had access to the previous closed beta will be able to login from Friday, Feb. 16 at 5 a.m. and play until Sunday, Feb. 18 at 5 a.m. One of the reasons for this is that Sea of Thieves will be part of Xbox Play Anywhere, Microsoft's program that allows console gamers to play that title on either their Xbox or their PC.

The developer says to expect sessions being interrupted, inability to join the game at certain times throughout the weekend, and issues when using shops in-game. Rare will also purposefully throttle performance at times to simulate outages. That means the test will be restricted to the Gold Hoarders trading company and voyages.

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The test should supply some important data to Rare as it prepares for the game's launch.

Rare has poured cold water on any hopes of seeing Jack Sparrow and his Pirates of the Caribbean chums turning up as DLC in Sea of Thieves. There'll be another scale test at some point after that, and Rare say that they "do plan on running another beta closer to the launch of the game". If you want to get at least 30 frames per second out of the gameplay experience, you'll need Windows 10, an Intel Iris Pro or Intel Iris 540, an integrated GPU, 1GB of VRAM, 4GB of RAM, and DirectX 11.

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As such, don't expect any new content, as the idea is to try and hit a higher concurrent number of players and see if the servers can scale accordingly.

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