Sea of Thieves, Microsoft's online swashbuckling pirate adventure, is on its way to getting custom servers. The custom servers will take players out of Sea of Thieves's PvE environment, which will make it much easier for interested community members to explore, play, and create without the risk of a rival pirate stabbing them in the throat.
"One of the many things we have always loved about Sea of Thieves is being able to witness the creativity of our players within the sandbox we provide," reads a Steam blog post published today about the custom servers. "We’ve seen so many things from legendary races, fashion shows and fishing competitions through to entirely new games like SkullBall, The Pirate Games and countless others."
That creativity is what inspired the developers at Rare to move ahead with the custom servers, though the studio warned they won't be available to everyone at first. The alpha will be open to "selected creators and community groups to utilise for community events," who will then gather feedback and data that will go into the final build.
"[The alpha is] a very bare-bones feature set, and we want to learn with a limited audience (who have already demonstrated drive and creativity in our community) and build it out before considering how we bring it to a wider audience," says Rare.
Sea of Thieves launched on the Xbox One and PC in March 2018. It had a humble start, but it's since built up a strong and loyal fanbase of virtual buccaneers. It enjoyed a big surge in popularity when it came to Steam on June 3.
"It’s been wonderful to see the reaction to the game from the Steam community, and we were thrilled to see Sea of Thieves become the number one bestselling game on its day of release," Rare states in a Steam blog post published June 15. "That positivity has continued, with all those Steam players spending more than 3.5 million hours in the game by the end of its first week, helping Sea of Thieves break into the top 20 most played games by concurrent player count."
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