Famous game developer studio from UK, the Rare is currently working on Sea of Thieves which is due for Xbox One and Windows 10 systems. Recently, the developer discussed the PC version of the game in its newsletter.
Rare is working on its first PC game and for that reason, the work they will do will be quite different. The PC version will not be a port and developer is working on Xbox One and PC version in “sync” and the game is supported with great features such as Xbox Play Anywhere. It appears that the developer is taking the PC version seriously and making sure that they must deliver a great experience to the players on both the platforms.
“We’re building Sea of Thieves on Windows 10 in parallel with the Xbox One version. It’s important that players on all platforms are in sync, which has the added benefit of being able to support great features like Xbox Play Anywhere. Whenever we’re working on a game feature, Lead Designer Mike Chapman and I discuss how the feature will work across both platforms.
Most of this boils down to a discussion around UI and control input, but with some features we get the opportunity to (excuse the pun) push the boat out a little more.” mentioned the newsletter while giving examples of UI on Xbox and PC along with the controller and keyboard/mouse combo respectively. Though both are different, but the original feature will remain the same. According to the studio, the game will feature a ‘consistent’ gameplay experience on both the platforms, which they take very seriously.
The studio has been testing the PC version on 24 different devices (12 laptops and 12 PCs) with different specifications from low-end to high-end and also confirmed the 21:9 with 144Hz support. The results have been dependent upon the specs of the PCs and are going great, especially on the 4K setup, according to the developer. While they will be making sure about the game performance and stability, which is their top priority.
Some recent PC versions turned out to be a great port for the PC, including the Xbox Play Anywhere titles such as Gears of War 4. Some reports suggest the possibility of cross-play between both the platforms which will be a great feature as well.
The game is under development and should be out sometime later this year for PC and Xbox One. Stay tuned for more updates!