Swashbuckling action-adventure game Sea of Thieves will be opened to a small selection of players as part of a Technical Alpha test next week, developer Rare has announced. Come December 16, anyone who’s signed up to Microsoft’s Insider Program scheme in the past will be in with a chance to form their own motley crew of vagabond pirates and set in search of treasure and whatever else it is that pirates love. If that sounds like your jam and you’re not already an Insider, you’ll want to pay the game’s official website sharpish visit in order to register – initial places are limited to 1,000 players, with more to be invited over the course of the Alpha test.
Since being announced back at last year’s E3, Rare hasn’t been particularly forthcoming with additional details about Sea of Thieves‘ finer intricacies, with facts being rather thin on the ground. With that said, the developer has confirmed in the past that its ambitious Xbox One/Windows 10 title will promote co-operative play between friends and strangers and will allow the use of user-generated content, providing the tools for players to create their own adventure.
Sea of Thieves is presumably still on course for a release in 2017 on Xbox One and, like all other first-party titles released for the console, will be part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program. We had the chance to go hands-on with the open world adventure earlier this year, and you can see here for our early impressions.