PC and Xbox One cross-play confirmed for Sea of Thieves

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You'll be able to play pirate game Sea of Thieves (opens in new tab) with your Xbox-minded friends on launch day, developer Rare has confirmed. Huzzah! It was known that the team were exploring cross-play but now we know for sure that it will be part of the game when it launches (which will be some time in 2018).

It's "no asterisks" cross-play, the developer said during Microsoft's Gamescom presentation today. Basically, everybody will be running around, clashing swords and hauling treasure chests onto deck in exactly the same world.

Cross-play could well help the game succeed: Steven played a demo version in June (opens in new tab) and didn't fall in love with it, but said that if you were able to build a trusted crew with friends then it could be a lot of fun. And if you've got buddies that play on the Xbox One, cross-play helps you do just that.

One more detail—you'll be able to use your own vomit as a weapon in Sea of Thieves, Rare said. Hurl in a bucket and chuck it an an enemy to get the upper hand in a sword fight. Charming.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.