Sea of Thieves competitive PvP mode announced, out early next year

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Sea of Thieves (opens in new tab) developer Rare has revealed a new competitive PvP mode called The Arena, which will launch early next year.

In The Arena, you and a group of friends take on rival crews with the aim of amassing the most loot. Expect both ship and hand-to-hand combat as you try to sink your opponents and steel their goodies.

It's all in service of impressing a new trading company, called the Sea Dogs—presumably they'll be the ones totting up the treasure at the end.

Essentially, it's Sea of Thieves PvP condensed down onto a smaller map where you're given specific goals, and I can see that sort of guaranteed action appealing to lots of people. 

You can watch a trailer for the new mode above.

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.