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Rare announces Sea of Thieves closed beta dates

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According to Microsoft, Rare has crafted a bespoke experience for Closed Beta players that offers a true taste of the pirate life.

For more on Sea of Thieves, check out Rare's guide to how players will progress in-game, or read about why developer Rare thinks returning to old franchises would be the "worst thing to do".

If you haven't pre-ordered the game and want to get into the Closed Beta, you can pre-order Sea of Thieves here. After what seems like ages of waiting, we're getting a beta to try the game out before it hits release.

The Beta will feature a portion of the game and fans will be freely able to stream and share clips and screenshots as much as they want.

Just before December, Rare announced that anyone who joined Sea of Thieve's Insider Program would be able to participate in the game's next Alpha session.

Each limited edition "Sea of Thieves" Xbox wireless controller costs $75 and also comes with an in-game bonus for the upcoming game. Once you've done that, the beta will then likewise appear in your library the day before it starts.

The piratical controller is launching February 15, which gives you plenty of time to break it in before Sea of Thieves launches for PC and Xbox One March 20. The game is powered by Unreal Engine 4, features unbelievable water physics and will support cross-play between Xbox One and PC.

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