Sea of Thieves is scheduled to conduct its first technical alpha test next week, Rare announced today.
However, there’s unfortunate news for those interested in getting an early close look at the pirate-themed open-world adventure game. The technical alpha of Sea of Thieves will only be accessible for members of the game’s Insider Program.
Since the announcement, Rare has opened up a signup link through which you can join the program. Do note that being a member of the game’s Insider Program doesn’t guarantee you entry in the upcoming alpha test event. Rare will be sending out invitations at random.
According to the developer, the testing will be done by around 1,000 players only. That being said, Rare plans on increasing the player-base as the technical alpha progresses. This also means that there will be multiple alpha events in the future for you to try out.
It goes without saying that those lucky enough to play Sea of Thieves next week will be bound by a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), prohibiting them from sharing any information.
The technical alpha is going to take place from December 16-18. No other information has been shared with us at present, except for the following two videos which highlight a few aspects that players can expect from the weekend’s testing.
In Sea of Thieves, players start with their very own ship and crew. The online aspect allows multiple members to command a single vessel, working together to explore uncharted waters as well as take part in naval warfare. With time and collection of resources, the ship can be upgraded in various ways.
Sea of Thieves is currently in development for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. It is currently slated for a release sometime next year, though there’s always the possibility of a delay.