Earlier this week, Rare officially confirmed cross-play for Sea of Thieves which will allow Xbox One and Windows 10 players to venture into the game world together. Now the developers have released a new Sea of Thieves developer diary video that focuses on different aspects of Sea of Thieves cross-play.
The Inn-side Story #21, Cross Play, is part of Rare’s ongoing developer diary series where the team behind the game talks about various features and changes in game mechanics that will affect both the PC and Xbox One players. In this particular one focusing on Sea of Thieves cross-play, executive producer Joe Neate and Ted Timmins, the lead designer for Windows 10 version of the game talk about cross-play and the various challenges that come with it.
As can be expected and was mentioned earlier as well, PC players will have an immediate advantage over Xbox One in terms of aiming which makes them more efficient in combat. While this isn’t a big problem when fighting AI but when it comes to PvP which is a core part of the game, a lot needs to be done to balance things out and Rare is looking into it.
PvP between platforms, or more importantly device input, is the big focus point for us as a Design team, and already we’ve been working closely with the Game Experience team to change the way the guns work to be better balanced for cross play.
While Sea of Thieves currently doesn’t have a fixed release date besides a general window of 2018, it is expected to launch in the first half of the year and Rare has vowed that even after launch, they will continue to support the game for years and deliver new content to keep the community happy and build upon the game.