Sea of Thieves Custom Servers Rolling Out in Alpha

Gaming article by Robert N. Adams on Friday, June 26, 2020 - 13:10
Release Date
March 20, 2018
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Xbox One, PC
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But Only For A Few Lucky People

Quite a few fans have asked for Sea of Thieves custom servers and Rare is finally delivering on that wish. New information about how custom servers will work has been revealed today, and a lucky few people are going to be able to try them out firsthand.

Custom servers promise a fair few features for players to enjoy, but Rare is being cautious about deploying this new feature. A lot can go wrong, and that's why they're going to be testing it with a selection of Insiders, content creators, and others before expanding to a wider release.

"We will be testing in Insiders, prior to rolling out with our initial creators and groups in the wild," the developers stated in a news post on the game's official website. "We see a bright future for Custom Servers in Sea of Thieves, but we want to start purposefully with the dual purpose of learning from this initially small audience and expanding the Custom Server toolset before we think about rolling out more widely and what that will entail. The first step is to roll these out in an Alpha state and start learning. We expect this to be a lengthy Alpha phase where we listen, learn[,] and evolve what Custom Servers deliver in terms of tools available to those using them."

Sea of Thieves Custom Servers slice

How Will Sea of Thieves Custom Servers Work?

Here are some of the features that will be coming with custom servers:

  • Ability to set up a Custom Adventure Server
  • [Customization] of ship numbers and types prior to starting
  • Generation of a code to distribute to community members to allow them to join

Unfortunately, Sea of Thieves custom servers won't allow you to gain any gold or reputation. These are purely intended for fun experiences that you can share with your friends or a gaming community.

Custom servers will likely be made available via the Pirate Emporium. This new feature is still very bare-bones, so don't expect to get your hands on it anytime soon; Rare has yet to decide what features the final version will have or what it might cost players to use it. For now, you can get Sea of Thieves via Steam or the Microsoft Store for PC and Xbox One starting at $39.99 or your regional equivalent.

Would you want to play on Sea of Thieves custom servers? How much would you be willing to pay for this service? Let us know in the comments below!

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Robert N. Adams

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!