Rare’s shared world pirate romp Sea of Thieves is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC in early 2018, and this final stretch of pre-launch development sees a wealth of new features falling into place.
The latest of these to be revealed in Rare’s regular video exposés is the non-verbal communication system. While there’s still an emphasis on the importance of voice chat, the ability to use non-verbal comms means that players who are unable to (or choose not to) use a microphone can still contribute and communicate effectively as they hit the seas in search of buried gold, uncharted lands or unpredictable encounters with other crews. Key phrases in non-verbal comms also have the bonus of automatic translation to crewmates from different countries!
In the video below, Community Video Manager Jon McFarlane goes behind the scenes in one of Rare’s development barns to sit with Senior Designer Andrew Preston for a demo of this still-evolving system:
This and many other additions are due to be made available soon to players in the Sea of Thieves Technical Alpha. Anyone is free to sign up to the Insider Programme for a chance to play in these sessions ahead of the game’s early 2018 launch.