Sea of Thieves is an exploration-based pirate game that features great sailing mechanics, but the open-ended plot doesn't appeal to everyone. You have to find your own path as it mostly relies on emergent experiences. Over the past few months, developer Rare has promised numerous changes to the game — from combat to quests — and through constant updates, has managed to turn it around. Recently, Sea of Thieves even became the most-viewed game on Twitch.

It's clear that the developer wants this success to continue and today, announced a "Friends Play Free" event. The developer said, "Filled with thrills, spills, and the best kind of shenanigans, few things in life are more enjoyable than crewing up with friends in Sea of Thieves." Between February 6 to 13, everyone who owns Sea of Thieves or has played it through Xbox Game Pass will be able to invite up to three friends to try the game for free.

That's not all though. During the Inside Xbox show, Executive Producer Joe Neate added that he can't wait to discuss what the coming months hold for the game, and that 2019 will be an even bigger year for Sea of Thieves than 2018. That's a bold claim because Sea of Thieves launched in March 2018 and has since gained a sizable following.

What would you like to see added to the game in 2019? Let us know. At Windows Central, we're mostly hoping for fishing mechanics. A major Sea of Thieves announcement is coming in March so stay tuned. It might even occur during next month's Inside Xbox show!

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