Lootboxing has become a delicate matter for many companies, though they promise a lot of additional revenue. In the case of “Sea of Thieves”, the developers of Rare completely renounce it. However, microtransactions will probably happen sometime after the launch. “Sea of Thieves” will be released in March.
Recurring earnings have become an important pillar for many publishers. However, Electronic Arts had overdone it with the Lootboxes and micro-transactions in “Star Wars Battlefront 2”, prompting more and more developers and publishers to comment on the issue. Also in relation to “Sea of Thieves” there is now a statement about the Lootboxen.
In the upcoming pirate game, there will be no random treasure chest of this kind. However, Rare does not want to exclude micro-transactions. They will not be included in the Xbox One and PC adventures for the launch yet. “What I want to confirm is that there will be no microtransactions at the launch, not at all, and we’re probably going to consider some form of microtransactions based on the fact that we’re going to continue building this game, but what we can say: In Sea of Thieves will never be Lootboxing, “says Design Director Mike Chapman.
As early as December, the developers emphasized that cosmetic items should be mentioned as an adjunct. However, they should fit the game and not share the player base. In the same horn Chapman blew in the latest statement. “We’re trying to offer new and interesting things, so it will not amount to anyone saying, ‘Oh, they’ve put microtransactions into the game, how interesting'”. The goal is to offer real added value.
No form of gambling in Sea of Thieves
Interesting is another statement. While it is still debated whether loot boxes can be compared to gambling, the design director also took that word into his mouth. “There will never be any form of gambling in Sea of Thieves – regardless of how it is described,” he said. Also pay-to-win mechanisms are “completely excluded”. “Sea of Thieves” will be released on March 20, 2018 for PC and Xbox One.