Rare Chimes in On Potential Sea of Thieves Battle Royale Mode

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Jul 6, 2018
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British game developer Rare has weighed in on the potential of a Sea of Thieves Battle Royale mode.

With new Battle Royale games and modes popping up like mushrooms after a rain, Rare studio head Craig Duncan, and design director Mike Chapman were asked about a Sea of Thieves Battle Royale mode during a recent interview with GameInformer.

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While both appear to have witnessed the recent Battle Royale phenomenon, implementing such a mode in Sea of Thieves isn’t something that can be done easily while still retaining that “unique” Sea of Thieves experience.

“I think there are so many examples of content in the game where we’re like, we always talk about the death mechanics and we turned it into the ghost ship”, Chapman told GameInformer. “We put a Sea of Thieves spin on a familiar mechanic with new and interesting takes. We see the battle royale thing, but I think there will be opportunities to do that kind of thing differently. It’s interesting where you can take PvP in the game, but we’d want to put a unique Sea of Thieves spin on it and do something completely surprising.”

Duncan added, “It’s not about taking something that works super well in another game, and going, “Hey, let’s start everyone in a Sea of Thieves map from different points and have you all come together.”

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Chapman then further explained that the team wants to keep surprising people in the future.

“Our shared world is unique and the thing we’re most proud of is what you see, is a new I.P. and we wanted to do things differently – it has landed well with players and the feedback we’re getting is, “We love this foundation that you built. I just want to have more of it,” and that’s what we set up the team to do. The fact that we’ve kind of changed the perceptions of multiplayer, and the way we use mechanics in our world? We always want to surprise people. We want to keep doing these kinds of unexpected things that only we can do.”

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Sea of Thieves is available now for both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. The game’s most recent update, patch 1.1.5, went live earlier this week.

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