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Sea of Thieves Closed Beta coming at the end of the month

Sea of Thieves closed beta launch set for January 24 (Source: Sea of Thieves - Official Site)
Sea of Thieves (Source: Sea of Thieves - Official Site)
Last month, Sea of Thieves went through its biggest ever Technical Alpha play session. Now, the time has come for the first Closed Beta round, which is scheduled to kick off on January 24 and last for 5 days.
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Before the end of last year, Sea of Thieves became available for pre-order. Back then, it was revealed that a first Closed Beta session would take place in January, but there was no date to talk about. Now, all the Sea of Thieves Closed Beta-related details are finally public.

According to Rare's Executive Producer Joe Neate, "The Sea of Thieves Closed Beta will run from 12 p.m. GMT on January 24 to 8 a.m. GMT on January 29 (4 a.m. PST on January 24 to 12 a.m. PST on January 29, which gives pirates a full five days of sailing, shanties and shenanigans."

The sad part is that the full game will not be tested during this phase because the idea is to leave enough for the players to discover at launch. Obviously, some of the content might still be under development, but that is not something to tell the public at this stage, right?

The Closed Beta can be enjoyed by anyone who entered the Sea of Thieves Insider Programme before December 1, 2017. Next to them, those who pre-order the game can also board the Sea of Thieves ship and sail away, of course. At last, those who are still waiting for the game to come out will have much more content to view soon, since the Closed Beta is not going to be covered by an NDA, so a lot of user-generated Sea of Thieves content should hit the web starting on January 24.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-01-10 (Update: 2018-01-10)