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Sea of Thieves gameplay trailer shows treasure hunting, combat, and travel via cannon

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The new gameplay trailer for Rare's first-person multiplayer pirate game Sea of Thieves shows players diving for sunken treasure, dodging sharks, and firing themselves out of cannons—which as it turns out is a pretty slick (if silly) way of getting around quickly. There's also a hunt for buried treasure following clues that lead across an island and through a cave, followed by a cooperative escape from the treasure's skeletal guardians. The video culminates in a battle at sea with another group of players during a thunderstorm, first with ship-to-ship cannon fire, and then close-quarter musket combat after the enemy ship is boarded.

Sea of Thieves was announced by Rare in 2015, and we were hoping for a specific release date, but all the trailer tells us is we can expect it in 'Early 2018'. Tom got his hands on it about a year ago, finding it fun but in need of some depth.

Chris started playing PC games in the 1980s, started writing about them in the early 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to write about them in the late 2000s. Following a few years as a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him in 2014, probably so he'd stop emailing them asking for more work. Chris has a love-hate relationship with survival games and an unhealthy fascination with the inner lives of NPCs. He's also a fan of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines in RPGs so he can make up his own.