Australian Sea of Thieves players can have a real pirate band serenade them

If you've pondered whether or not to arrange a real pirate-themed band to accompany you on your Sea of Thieves voyage, then you're among a small minority. A small, weird minority. But not so weird that Microsoft isn't setting up exactly that situation for its Australian userbase.

Because not only are there actual, gigging pirate-themed bands in Australia (this one is called Captain Hellfire & The Wretched Brethren), but they've also got access to livestreaming services. "Fans of the game will be able to play through the game with Captain Hellfire from the comfort of their own couch (or crow’s nest) via livestreamed sessions," Microsoft's press release says, "as the band creates personalised pirate songs (AKA shanties) based on what’s happening in the game in real time."

This pirate group obviously won't be offering its services to every single Sea of Thieves player in the country. So if you're keen you'll have to book a (free) ticket. Sign-ups were meant to go live at midday but they haven't yet, so best keep an eye on the Xbox ANZ Facebook page.

Dubbed the "Sing us a Shanty" service, the actual singing and playing will occur on March 24 and 25, for those lucky / brave enough to secure a ticket. As for those who don't, the ensuing comedy will stream on Xbox ANZ Mixer, Facebook and Twitch. And in case you need it specified: yes, this all applies to Windows 10 users, too.

For those wondering what a pirate-themed band sounds like:

Shaun Prescott

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.