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Sea of Thieves to mark 10m players with gifts in Legends of the Seas

Published: 17:49, 08 January 2020
Updated: 17:50, 08 January 2020
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Sea of Thieves players have a lot to be excited for in the upcoming period, what with the highly anticipated update Legends of the Seas drawing near, and Rare just upped the ante by announcing two limited-edition gifts for a major milestone.

"We’re excited and humbled to share that Sea of Thieves has now been played by more than ten million players, reinforcing its status as the most successful new IP from Xbox this generation", Rare wrote.

To mark the occasion, all the players logging into Sea of Thieves between 15 and 22 January are getting a free custom sail and special new emote, both being limited-edition gifts.

Sea of Thieves launched back in March 2018 to some big hype, and the dev was admittedly blown away by the reception. Ironically, this reception soon started causing real issues for Rare, as the crowds proved too big for their server capacities and subsequently even the development team.

Namely, Sea of Thieves was initially criticised for the lack of content, as players and reviewers alike claimed that what's there can be done and dusted pretty quickly. In Rare's defence though, they were pretty transparent with their content delivery plans, so there were no broken promises or any bad blood involved - people just wanted more stuff to do.

And boy did Rare deliver, as evidenced by the huge surges in numbers. Having hit 2 million players in the launch week, Sea of Thieves climbed to 5 million by August 2018, eventually announcing 8.4 million in June 2019.

While there's no doubt that the Xbox Game Pass helped a lot here, Rare deserve a lot of credit for everything they've done thus far. Needless to say, there's plenty of content to sift through, with even more coming in the Legends of the Seas update. 

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"For everyone at Rare, the Sea of Thieves community represents the very best of what gaming can be. It’s home to players from more than eighty different countries, bringing together gamers on Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One and Windows 10 PC and creating countless stories and moments that people can treasure. Seeing these stories shared through social media or other community spaces is something that inspires the team every day. To every person who’s played Sea of Thieves, thank you", .

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