Things to you need to know about multiplayer and crews when playing Sea of Thieves
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Multiplayer and Crew covers:
- How does multiplayer work?
- How many players per instance?
- Team game means communication is important!
- How to play solo?
- Do you keep unlocked items between solo and crew play?
- How exactly to join or start your own crew?
With these tutorials, I'm hoping players new and old, will find something useful in them.
In this tutorial, we’ll cover multiplayer and crew setup tips.
(So how does multiplayer works?)
So how does the multiplayer work?
Well, Sea of Thieves is cross play, meaning PC and Xbox players all play together.
The game is set in an online shared instance, meaning there will be other players running and sailing about.
There are no NPC ship crews. Every ship you see is a player controlled ship.
(How many people per server?)
Not all players are spawned into the same instance, as each instance has a certain limit to the amount of players. Rumour I’ve heard talked about says 8 ships is the max, if true that means up to 32 players.
If you find yourself alone for too long in an instance, the game will almost seamlessly move your ship and crew to a more inhabited instance.
When you start or when you ship is sunk, the game will try to spawn you out of harms way, so you can get your bearings after your time away, be it: out of game or time served on the Ferry of the Damned.
(Team multiplayer game = communication is important!)
Being a team multiplayer focused game, communication is key.
Microphone is best, but if you can’t talk, at least being able to listen is important.
There’s also the ‘pirate chat’ and ‘pirate emotions’ for responding, which at least something is better than nothing at all.
If you don’t listen and communicate, you may find yourself sent to the brig!
Without a microphone you may find yourself missing part the charm that is Sea of Thieves.
Being able to hear and talk to other crews when in close proximity, make friends or taunt enemies!
It may even save your skin if your would be assassin be awfully talkative, harrgh harrghh!
(How to play solo?)
What to do when you’re friends aren’t about to sail with you?
You could try searching for a crew to join, or maybe go it alone.
Under the small ship Sloop option, you can go solo. The small sloop is designed that it’s not too difficult to control on your own and easy to master once your familiar with it.
Some folk even prefer the Sloop for its ease of turning, great visibility when steering and its nimble speed compared to the Galleon.
(Do you keep your purchased ingame items when switching from solo to crew?)
Whether you play solo or with a crew, it's the same game mode. So any bought and earned customisations will stay with your pirate, no matter the game mode. You’ll just need to apply them do your ship each time you start.
(How exactly do you join/start a crew?)
How exactly do you join or start your own crew?
From the main menu, choose your ship,
The Galleon is for 4 or 3 player crews,
The Sloop is for 2 or solo play.
Whatever crew size you start with is what your crew size will be.
So if you start a Galleon 3 player crew and later a mate wants to join you, you’ll need to quit to the main menu and then form a 4 player crew.
And the same for the Sloop, if you start solo, you won’t be able to add a crew mate unless you reform the crew at the main menu.
Ok already, you’ve got the crew size you want, now if you’ve got friends joining yer crew, invite them.
Then once they’ve joined or if you don’t have any, set sail.
Any crew slots unfilled will be filled by random players looking for a crew.
If someone from your crew should leave, that will leave a slot open for another random player or friend that can be invited to join.
If you need a random to leave so you can invite your friend, be sure to ask them nicely first. If they refuse, don’t lock them in the brig, they’ll get stubborn and stay there just to spite you. You may just need to quit to the main menu to invite your friend.
Hopefully you’ve found something useful in this video.
If there’s something I’ve missed, OR you’ve got a question,
Leave a comment below.
Sea of Thieves Cross Play