Sea of Thieves has been played by 10m people

Sea of Thieves has been played by 10m people

Open-world pirate game Sea of Thieves has attracted ten million people since its launch in 2018.

The milestone was announced by executive producer at Rare Joe Neate via Xbox Wire, who says that that Sea of Thieves is Microsoft's most successful IP of this current generation. Furthermore, players from 80 countries have come into the game.

Note that this doesn't mean the game has been bought ten million times, given that the title is in Xbox Game Pass. There's no breakdown on how big the PC community is versus the Xbox One user base.

"We’re excited and humbled to share that Sea of Thieves has now been played by more than ten million players, reinforcing its status as the most successful new IP from Xbox this generation," Neate said.

"It’s mind-blowing to think of that many people setting sail on the Sea of Thieves, and it’s all been made possible by the support and passion of our fantastic community.

"For everyone at Rare, the Sea of Thieves community represents the very best of what gaming can be. It’s home to players from more than eighty different countries, bringing together gamers on Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One and Windows 10 PC and creating countless stories and moments that people can treasure. Seeing these stories shared through social media or other community spaces is something that inspires the team every day. To every person who’s played Sea of Thieves, thank you."

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