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'There will never be loot crates in Sea of Thieves,' says design director

Joe Donnelly

From what I've gathered, success in Sea of Thieves' pirate world is hinged on dance parties, weathering high seas storms, and locking irritating strangers in the brig. I like this, and am equally keen on Rare's approach to loot boxes. Success will never, so says the developer, rely on microtransactions. "What I will confirm is there are no microtransactions for launch. At all," design director Mike Chapman tells us during a recent studio visit.

"Based on us continuing to build this game, we'll probably consider some form of microtransaction. What we will say is there will never be loot crates in Sea of Thieves. "Chapman continues, suggesting he and team aim to adopt a "new take" on the idea of cosmetic microtransactions, so long as they suit the game's world and tone, and don't divide its playerbase. "There'll never be a form of gambling in Sea of Thieves, of any description," he says, while underscoring that pa

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