A big announcement has come out during Xbox’s Gamescom livestream, which was live on Sunday: Sea of Thieves will have cross platform multiplayer between Xbox One and PC. Cross play had been hinted at before, and now the games developer Rare has finally confirmed that the players on both platforms can play together.
Shedding light on the issues and differences between Xbox One and PC players (PC players tend to have an advantage over console players, especially in shooters), Rare added that they will make sure the game is balanced, so that players on either platform wont be at a disadvantage.
“One of the things we’re very aware of is the need for the balancing to be right. After running some recent tests, we found that PC players were 4.5% more efficient at killing skeletons than Xbox players, and this feels close enough that it’s something we’ll continue to monitor.
However, 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.
We’ve put in a bunch of telemetry around this, and with the change to guns it’s made them feel tonally so much more fitting, as previously they felt more like laser weapons than ancient plundered-and-pillaged gunpowder-driven blunderbusses.”
Xbox’s head, Phil Spencer, has praised the game developer for it’s work, and considers the game a multi-year journey. According to Phil, Sea of Thieves has been a multi-year journey for Rare and will soon grow into a franchise over the coming years.
Sea of Thieves was met with praise at this year E3. The game is an action-adventure MMO, and is being developed by Rare. The game currently has no launch date, but is set to release this year for Xbox One and PC.