Some Sea of Thieves Players are Struggling to Set Sail Due to a Mysterious Greybeard Error

Some Sea of Thieves Players are Struggling to Set Sail Due to a Mysterious Greybeard Error

Error messages ruin more voyages than scurvy.

Every new ship has leaks and cracks that need to be patched up once it's out on the water. The same goes for Rare's brand-new online pirate adventure, Sea of Thieves. Players on the subreddit are complaining about a mysterious "Greybeard" error preventing them from playing. Rare promised over Twitter that it's on the case.

Newly-minted pirates aren't 100% sure what a Greybeard error entails. It seems to have something to do with trying (and failing) at online matchmaking. Most online games undergo a lot of stress as soon as the servers are switched on, and Sea of Thieves appears to be no exception. The game should be accessible worldwide now (though some players got to start their adventure early), so the servers might be creaking a little—despite earlier stress tests conducted by Rare.

Rare promises it's on top of the error and will post updates to its official Sea of Thieves Twitter account. Meantime, good pirates spend their idle time in study. We already have some tips on how to fix Sea of Thieves' errors, how to earn money quickly, and all kinds of beginner tips, hints, and guides.

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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,, 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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