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Sea of Thieves Developer Kills Plans for Controversial ‘Death Penalty’

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Sea of Thieves Developer Kills Plans for Controversial ‘Death Penalty’

After Rare announced that Sea of Thieves would soon include a penalty levied against players who died in-game, they are already canceling these plans after widespread complaints of players.

Check out the tweet that the executive producer Joe Neate wrote, explaining that they will cancel the plans of a death penalty for the game:

Rare first announced that it would tax players upon dying last week in a forum post about forthcoming updates.

“This new feature has the Captain of the Ferry of the Damned deduct a small gold fee when you die,” the post from a Rare employee explained. “Rates are dependent on the cause of death, so the more avoidable the death, the less patience the Captain will have when we enable this feature!” It was also explained that players killed by other players wouldn’t have to pay any sort of penalty.

The feedback that received Rare, was immediately and almost overwhelmingly negative.

“Death Cost is a bad idea,” one player said. “Personally I have fun randomly blowing up my teammates with gunpowder barrels. Death cost removes the ‘sandbox’ ‘make the world what you want’ type of feel. New players are going to see the biggest impact. Please don’t do this.”

Other fans argued against the addition for similar reasons as the ones above.

“Normally I’m up for being careful and having a punishment for death, but I just don’t think this is the game for it.” another player explained. “I like doing crazy jump or insane plans and wouldn’t not want to do them for fear of having my gold slowly trickling away.”


A Shared-World Adventure Game that lets you be the pirate you’ve always dreamed of in a world of danger and discovery. Explore a vast ocean where every sail on the horizon means a ship filled with real players who may be friends or foes. Form a crew and voyage to treasure-filled islands, face legendary creatures and test your mettle in epic ship battles against other pirates.

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Experience a rich, fantastical world filled with pirates, danger, and discovery, all in 4K! Sea of Thieves is a 4K UHD, HDR, Xbox One X Enhanced, Xbox Play Anywhere title.

Key Features

  • Shared World – Shared-World Adventure Game created by Rare Ltd. Be the pirates you want to be in a shared world filled with real players.
  • True Cooperative Gameplay – It’s your crew VS the world.
  • Immersive Action and Adventure – A rich, fantastical world of unspoiled islands, monsters and mythical creatures.
  • Seek Out Treasure and Adventure – Sail together on voyages to distant shores on the hunt for riches and renown. Unravel ancient riddles, face off against hordes of monstrous creatures or plunder from other pirate crews – the choice is yours!”

For more information on Sea of Thieves, visit its official website.

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