In the Final Beta, alongside the Gold Hoarders, we will be testing Merchant Alliance voyages for the first time, giving players an entirely new way to play. Sea of Thieves revealed this morning that it will be hosting an open beta all weekend for players on Xbox One and PC, which will be live until Sunday morning.
"It seems like just yesterday that we launched the Insider Programme for Sea of Thieves". It is encouraged to check out the status page and the Sea of Thieves Twitter page for status updates on the beta. That said, Microsoft would like you to know the final beta is kicking off today on Xbox One and Windows 10, lasting all the way through March 11.
Skeleton Forts will offer "intense, emergent" opportunities, if you spot an occupied one - indicated by a skull cloud over the location - that provides players the chance to team up or compete to earn "great rewards" at "great risk".
This is open to absolutely anyone to play, and can be downloaded now from the Store on Xbox One and Windows 10.
Aside from that you'll also potentially have to deal with other players who have seen the signal. Might they even be there already?
Progression in Sea of Thieves is a little nebulous at the moment, but there are some bits and bobs we can pull together to get an idea of how it all works. Anyone can take part in the final beta, and there is no restriction on streaming via Mixer or Twitch, sharing screenshots, or uploading game captures to show off on YouTube. "We can't wait to watch and find out". What this means is that as we hit peak times, we might have to temporarily put a hold on other players joining whilst we manage player load. The objective of this is because Rare wants to ensure everyone receives the best possible experience while playing through the Final Beta.