The closed beta for Sea of Thieves is off to a mixed start but the game has amassed more than 200,000 viewers on the second day of the program. Interestingly, PUBG is sitting at just 700,000 players on Steam (time of day), helping Microsoft to score some free exposure with the streaming community.
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone familiar with Twitch. Numerous streamers have made the jump from PUBG and other games to Sea of Thieves to try out the closed beta and be one of few channels rolling out content for a new game that has restrictions as to who can play it — you need to pre-order.
As someone who is a fan of pirate gameplay, it makes me excited to think about the potential Rare’s upcoming game has on Xbox and PC. The developer is responsible for Banjo-Kazooie, Conker, and GoldenEye with Sea of Thieves being quite the departure from what the developer is used to. The studio has made the game streamer-friendly, allowing teams of pirates to craft their own stories in the open world.
Sea of Thieves is set to be released on Xbox One and Windows 10 on March 20. The closed beta will run until January 31.