'Sea of Thieves' Release Date: Closed Beta Details, Freebies Announced

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Pre-orders are available now. There's also a Sea of Thieves-themed Xbox One gamepad doing the rounds which is pretty "colourful".

Players who pre-order the game digitally will get access to the game's beta when it launches.

With a little over three months to go before "Sea of Thieves" arrives, Microsoft is giving players eager to experience the seafaring adventure the opportunity for a test-drive. The body will boast a deep purple translucent shell with laser-etched barnacles, a golden trigger and a glow-in-the-dark skull.

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The Microsoft platform exclusive pirate-themed action-adventure game, Sea of Thieves, finally has a new release date, sailing our way on March 20, 2018.

When you pre-order Sea of Thieves you'll also receive the exclusive Black Dog Pack, containing stylish clothing and items with unique, spectacular designs, as well as a chance to join other pioneering pirates in a Closed Beta ahead of the game's worldwide launch on March 20th, 2018. In the game players must work together to control a pirate ship. From the fantastic feedback received during the Technical Alpha to support during shows and conventions, Sea of Thieves is a testament to the incredible fans who have invested in this world with us. The company unveiled the date with a brand new trailer, seen above.

Microsoft and Rare have been teasing Sea of Thieves for a long time now. We can't wait to share more soon!

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