Sea of Thieves Is the Fastest-Selling New First-Party IP of This Generation

Sea of Thieves Is the Fastest-Selling New First-Party IP of This Generation

Everybody wants to be a pirate.

Though Sea of Thieves' maiden voyage on the Xbox One and Windows 10 hasn't been without hiccups, it's been a huge success overall. The multiplayer pirate adventure garnered over one million players on its first day, and its community is currently sitting at two million a mere week after launch. According to Rare, Sea of Thieves is "the fastest-selling first-party new IP of this generation."

This factoid was presented in a "Thank You" letter Rare wrote for Sea of Thieves players. The note, published earlier today, also celebrates Sea of Thieves' success as a Twitch draw. More than 100,000 players have streamed the game since its launch on March 20 for a total of 10 million hours watched. Who says pirate drama no longer sells? It totally does. Especially the steamy kind.

"We will now perform the Skeletal Samba of Celebration."

Rare concludes its note of thanks with assurances that it's listening to player feedback, and that it's tackling technical issues as quickly as possible. "We know the response [to Sea of Thieves] has led to some scale challenges and exposed some bugs we have addressed and will continue to address," writes Craig Duncan, head of Rare Studio. "Please know that the team at Rare is working hard to tackle any player-impacting issues and this is our number one priority. "

Sea of Thieves continues to sail strong despite some critics' complaints about an empty world and poor matchmaking. Some things are just better with friends, and Sea of Thieves is certainly one of those things. If you're thinking of chucking everything for the pirate's life, we have some great Sea of Thieves tips and guides that instruct you on how to make money, how to beat up the Kraken, and tons more.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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