Bucking the recent trend, Rare has announced that Sea of Thieves will not feature loot boxes or pay-to-win elements of any sort. Microtansactions, on the other hand, could be a thing, but not at launch. And even if Rare decides to work microtransactions into the game, Sea of Thieves design director Mike Chapman says they would do “new and interesting things with it”.
“What I will confirm is there are no microtransactions for launch. At all,” said Chapman in a recent chat with PC Gamer. “Based on us continuing to build this game, we’ll probably consider some form of microtransaction. What we will say is there will never be loot crates in Sea of Thieves.”
There’s been a lot of noise of late about loot boxes amounting to a form of gambling, and Rare is dead keen to make sure that the upcoming ocean adventure has nothing to do with that. “There’ll never be a form of gambling in Sea of Thieves, of any description,” continued the design director, and confirmed that any kind of pay-to-win mechanic is “completely out of the question”.
So, it looks like the closest we’ll come to the misery of loot crates in Sea of Thieves will be the treasure chests we’ll be digging for, but that hardly counts.