"Sea Of Thieves" is an upcoming open-world multiplayer from developer Rare (creators of "Banjo-Kazooie," "Donkey Kong Country," and "GoldenEye 007") for the Xbox One and PC. Considered one of the top developers in the industry, Rare has impressed critics and players alike time and again with its impressive line-up of games.

Delve into the pirate’s life

The nautically-themed "Sea of Thieves" will offer players the taste of the pirate’s life, putting them in charge of a ship and a crew and setting them loose upon a wide world brimming with secrets and treasures waiting to be discovered.

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Players can chart their own course or tackle the seas with friends as they please; both single and multiplayer modes are supported.

The game places a heavy emphasis on exploration and discovery.

Its world is dotted with engaging artifacts to interact with, from wrecked ships to secret shrines to long-forgotten ruins, and the presence of other real players only amplifies the thrill. The goal is to make your mark in this wide-open world and pass into pirate legend… and, of course, to collect treasure—maybe even the legendary bounty known as Athena’s Fortune.

Closed beta begins this month

Rare will be releasing a Closed Beta of "Sea of Thieves" on the 24th of January (next Wednesday) that will last until January 29th. The five-day beta will be available exclusively to players who have either pre-ordered the game or joined its Insider Program before December 1st, 2017. In other words, newcomers who want in on the beta need to pre-order the game sometime before the 23rd, as the beta is scheduled to appear in eligible players’ libraries a full 24 hours before it begins.

Developer Rare is keeping the beta closed but has announced that there are no non-disclosure agreements tied to it, meaning that beta players are free to record and publicize all of their various in-game experiences.

That being said, Rare is saving some surprises for the game’s official release in late March; the closed beta does not include the full game, but rather a tailored glimpse of what the final product will ultimately resemble.

The full version of the game is slated for release on March 20 of this year for Xbox One and PC with cross-play support, meaning that PC and Xbox One players can—and will—all experience "Sea of Thieves" together. An art book from Dark Horse Comics and a graphic novel series from Titan Comics are also scheduled to debut later this year.