Another beta is starting tomorrow for the upcoming pirate-themed multiplayer game from Rare, and it’s primarily a Scale Test to see how it functions under pressure. It’s open for anyone who’s in Xbox Insiders and players who previously had access to the closed beta. Plan on the beta opening tomorrow on February 16th at 10am GMT (2am PST) and ending on February 18th at 10am GMT (2am PST).
Rare stated they learned “so much about our [their] services and capabilities”, which was mainly due to the number of players that showed up to the last closed beta. This time, they will be putting their services to the test to ensure “the game stands up to the amount of interest we’re [they’re] expecting to see.”
What to Expect
Rare is telling players to expect to see issues as they flood their servers intentionally by throttling performance at certain times, testing the game in different data centers around the world, and simulating deliberate outages. So when playing this weekend, you will most likely run into some of these issues:
· Sessions being interrupted
· An inability to join the game at certain times during the weekend
· Issues when using shops in-game
As for the features that will be included into this beta, features will purposely be similar to the last one. Players are restricted to the Gold Hoarders trading company & accompanying Voyages. The purpose of this beta is to test their servers, and they will not be taking feedback on the game’s experience.
If you are hoping to see another beta, Rare did say they will host one closer to the titles launch, which will have fuller experience for the players. A couple more scale tests will also be seen from now until Sea of Thieves launch.