Sea of Thieves Sells 1M on Steam

Xbox Wire says Sea of Thieves has now surpassed the 15 million player mark on all platforms since launching in March 2018. This is an increase of five million sales this year alone, and they say over one million of those have been on Steam since Rare's pirate adventure game set sail there on June 3rd:
It’s both thrilling and humbling to share with you that Sea of Thieves has been played by more than fifteen million players since our launch in March 2018.

The way that the game and its community has continued to grow has been amazing to see. It was only in January of this year when we shared that 10 million people had played the game! We’re also humbled that more people have played Sea of Thieves in the first six months of 2020 than who played in the whole of 2019, which was more than 2018.

Last month – June 2020 – was also the biggest month so far for Sea of Thieves in terms of active players, with more than 3.3M players setting sail. A contributing factor to this growth has been our recent launch on Steam. We’ve been blown away by the support we’ve seen from the Steam community, with over 1M copies of the game having been sold so far and the game regularly appearing in the top selling and most played games charts.

On behalf of all of us at Rare, I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who’s ever played Sea of Thieves for helping to get us this far. It’s a game that we love making, and there’s plenty more to come. See you on the seas.
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Jul 20, 2020, 12:05
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I assume eventually these publishers will realize how much money they are leaving on the table by doing exclusives.

This has been on their $5 game pass for a long time now.
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Jul 20, 2020, 12:36
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Jul 20, 2020, 12:36
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Well allegedly it's an actual game now...
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Jul 20, 2020, 12:37
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And how much money they're leaving behind by only having a PvP focus. PvE is what really sells. I'd try it if it wasn't for that.

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Jul 20, 2020, 12:43
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No sale ever, to pvp only games! Protest
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Jul 20, 2020, 13:46
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fawker wrote on Jul 20, 2020, 12:05:
I assume eventually these publishers will realize how much money they are leaving on the table by doing exclusives.

This has been on their $5 game pass for a long time now.



I look at it another way, it's like releasing for a new platform. They have multiple release days now, more money over a longer period of time.
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Jul 20, 2020, 13:51
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this game is total ass. Amazing what crap people will buy
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Jul 20, 2020, 14:23
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I have watched my sons watch other people playing this game .... and I don't see the appeal.
It's doesn't look all that great or fun , for more than maybe 30 mins...
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Jul 20, 2020, 15:59
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I have watched my sons watch other people playing this game .... and I don't see the appeal.
It's doesn't look all that great or fun , for more than maybe 30 mins...
It's a low stress PvP/PvE experience that you can do with a few friends. No high stakes leaderboard or redbull twich skills. Just sit around, drink beer, shoot the shit, and sail the high seas knocking out quests and hunting scallawags!

Glad to see they finally built out the game. This title was pure bargain bin material at launch. Seems like so many other titles have done this lately... Launch the skeleton and add the game content over the next 12 months. Sea of Thieves, Fallout 76, No Man's Sky, etc... On one hand, I think it is a piss poor thing to do to consumers (particularly early adopters)...but on the other, it means I wait a year, buy it for a quarter the release price and get the full (really this time) game.
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Jul 20, 2020, 16:18
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fawker wrote on Jul 20, 2020, 12:05:
I assume eventually these publishers will realize how much money they are leaving on the table by doing exclusives.

This has been on their $5 game pass for a long time now.

Short term gains versus long term benefits. The long term benefits typically turn out better.
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Jul 20, 2020, 16:20
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Angrius Maximis wrote on Jul 20, 2020, 13:51:
this game is total ass. Amazing what crap people will buy

Is it Maximis or Maximus?
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Jul 20, 2020, 18:02
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If exclusives are bad for business they will probably go away. Businesses are generally pretty good at learning what's good and what's bad.

I don't think they will go away. If the property is hot: Most of the people who would have bought at launch will still buy it after the port, and you can take that time to learn what went well in the first launch to make your second launch go even better. If the property is not hot, you may get more purchases as the exclusive because it's a perception of value, and you are a bigger player in a smaller pool. And hey, you also get whatever the platform gave you for being exclusive, which is usually a better deal, and lowers your risk.
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Jul 20, 2020, 18:03
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Cutter wrote on Jul 20, 2020, 12:37:
And how much money they're leaving behind by only having a PvP focus. PvE is what really sells. I'd try it if it wasn't for that.


Except once the novelty of sailing wears off, the PVE is about as fun as a PVE in a MMO....

I played it during a weekend trial last year solely for the PVE, stayed for the PVP, but still left out of boredom (lack of players/interesting things to do).

Maybe things have changed.
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Jul 20, 2020, 18:58
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Primalchrome wrote on Jul 20, 2020, 15:59:
I have watched my sons watch other people playing this game .... and I don't see the appeal.
It's doesn't look all that great or fun , for more than maybe 30 mins...
It's a low stress PvP/PvE experience that you can do with a few friends. No high stakes leaderboard or redbull twich skills. Just sit around, drink beer, shoot the shit, and sail the high seas knocking out quests and hunting scallawags!

Glad to see they finally built out the game. This title was pure bargain bin material at launch. Seems like so many other titles have done this lately... Launch the skeleton and add the game content over the next 12 months. Sea of Thieves, Fallout 76, No Man's Sky, etc... On one hand, I think it is a piss poor thing to do to consumers (particularly early adopters)...but on the other, it means I wait a year, buy it for a quarter the release price and get the full (really this time) game.

Maybe GAAS isn't so bad if they stick with it. You're description though does nothing for me in selling it, shit ton of low stress building type games out for years now.
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Jul 20, 2020, 19:14
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"Building type game," what?
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Jul 20, 2020, 20:08
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Osc8r wrote on Jul 20, 2020, 18:03:
Cutter wrote on Jul 20, 2020, 12:37:
And how much money they're leaving behind by only having a PvP focus. PvE is what really sells. I'd try it if it wasn't for that.


Except once the novelty of sailing wears off, the PVE is about as fun as a PVE in a MMO....

I played it during a weekend trial last year solely for the PVE, stayed for the PVP, but still left out of boredom (lack of players/interesting things to do).

Maybe things have changed.

I meant it's the bread and butter of MMO type online games. Just look at WoW. They had 100 PvE servers to every one PvP server. I've nothing against PvP - in shooters and stuff. But something about PvP MMOs that just bring the ganking assholes out of the woodwork. That's a hard pass.
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Jul 20, 2020, 20:39
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Cutter wrote on Jul 20, 2020, 20:08:
Osc8r wrote on Jul 20, 2020, 18:03:
Cutter wrote on Jul 20, 2020, 12:37:
And how much money they're leaving behind by only having a PvP focus. PvE is what really sells. I'd try it if it wasn't for that.


Except once the novelty of sailing wears off, the PVE is about as fun as a PVE in a MMO....

I played it during a weekend trial last year solely for the PVE, stayed for the PVP, but still left out of boredom (lack of players/interesting things to do).

Maybe things have changed.

I meant it's the bread and butter of MMO type online games. Just look at WoW. They had 100 PvE servers to every one PvP server. I've nothing against PvP - in shooters and stuff. But something about PvP MMOs that just bring the ganking assholes out of the woodwork. That's a hard pass.

It's not an MMO though. It's a PvP pirate game with some PvE loot to get things started... gotta have something to fight over... and that's the tedious labor of the grinders.
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Jul 20, 2020, 22:08
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jacobvandy wrote on Jul 20, 2020, 19:14:
"Building type game," what?

Dude described the game as a chill game to hang and drink with buds, I'm saying I can do that well in other places like building games, to me it isn't a big sell statement for me.
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