Microsoft offers £80,000 gold bananas to celebrate Sea of Thieves launch

The launch of Microsoft's upcoming pirate-themed adventure game, Sea of Thieves, is quickly closing in for Xbox One and Windows 10. Following a string of beta tests before launch, marketing is ramping up for its official debut on March 20.

Marking the Sea of Thieves release, Microsoft has announced an unusual celebration (opens in new tab) of its latest title. "The Quest for the Golden Bananas" will challenge players with a series of riddles to solve, with the ultimate prize of four hallmarked 18-carat gold bananas. The complete bunch of these bananas is valued at £80,000 (over $110,000) which can be shared with your three other crewmates.

The contest will be open to participants across the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, and Australia, from 3 a.m. ET (8 a.m. UK time) on March 19. After navigating to (opens in new tab) a riddle will be provided – with 14 more to be released in the following days. These riddles will be placed both online and in real-world locations, providing equal opportunities for those unable to travel.

On March 23 select players will be entered into a final, with one lucky crew winning the golden fruits. The promise of various other instant prizes has been made along the way, including limited edition £300 (over $400) Sea of Thieves golden "doubloons."

Sea of Thieves is on track for a March 20 release, priced at $59.99 on Xbox One (opens in new tab) and Windows 10 PCs. The game will also be accessible via Xbox Game Pass – the Xbox One's Netflix-style subscription for games, valued at a $9.99 flat monthly fee (opens in new tab).

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • I know this is for Sea of Thieves but for the life of me...I can't stop thinking of Donkey Kong Country.
  • I think this game is just being too overhyped. Doesn't excite me though but hope it delivers and make it's fans happy.
  • I think it's one of them games you have to play to see for your self. I was not to hyped about it but gave the beta a go and loved it. Hope this game sells well as this is Rare back at its best imo
  • For me it was the opposite. I was looking forward to it, but the beta made me realize how empty and boring the game was.  I hope Rare gets back to their level. Focus on making loads of quality games rather than focus on making a service selling microtransactions...
  • Those could be mistaken for something else.