For those who prefer their games on Steam (and only Steam), we’ve got a bit of good news for you: Sea of Thieves has finally tied down its arrival to the platform, announcing a launch date of Wednesday, June 3rd, in both a video and a post on Xbox Wire.
The accompanying FAQ does outline a few other important caveats like the need to have an Xbox Live account and be running Windows 10 in order to play the game, as well as confirmation that those who already own the game on Windows 10 or Xbox One will need to buy a Steam version. That said, it also confirms full cross-play features as well as cross-progression when players’ Steam accounts link with their Xbox Live accounts. The game will set players back $39.99 when it launches.
In other Sea of Thieves news, the devs have offered up a blog post all about the Emissary system that arrived with the Ships of Fortune update. It gives players a look into the minds of the devs and what they were hoping to achieve with the Emissary system, even going so far as framing it like a loose PvP opt-in system in regards to the player hunting Reaper’s Bones Trade Company.
“Even though we knew any update introducing The Reaper’s Bones would be seen as ‘the PvP update’, from the very first pitch deck we also championed the PvE benefits by helping players with different play styles to avoid confrontations with more combative crews – focusing PvP among those who choose to run as Reapers or Emissaries. That’s why the Reapers see little benefit from targeting non-Emissary players, and why Emissaries of The Reaper’s Bones show up on everyone’s map so that you can steer well clear if you have other adventures in mind.”