RARE is preparing to launch a Sea of Thieves Closed Beta between 24th and 29th January 2018 for Windows 10 PC and Xbox One. More precisely, the Closed Beta will run at the following times:
- UK Time (GMT):
12pm on Wednesday 24th January to 8am on Monday 29th January
- Eastern Standard Time (EST):
7am on Wednesday 24th January to 3am on Monday 29th January
- Central Standard Time (CST):
6am on Wednesday 24th January to 2am on Monday 29th January
- Pacific Standard Time (PST):
5am on Wednesday 24th January to 12am on Monday 29th January
- Central European Time (CET):
8am on Wednesday 24th January to 9am on Monday 29th January
The Sea of Thieves Closed Beta will be available to those who took part in the Sea of Thieves Insider Programme before the 1st December 2017 or who have pre-ordered the game. Digital pre-orders will be automatically added to the Closed Beta and the game can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store on both platforms. If you bought a physical pre-order then RARE has you covered too.
If you have pre-ordered a physical version of the game through a retailer, you will need to redeem the code for the Black Dog cosmetic pack. Once you have done this, the game will appear in your games library 24 hours before the Closed Beta begins. You will need to download and install the game.
The Closed Beta is not under NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) so you can stream, capture, clip and screenshot as much of the game as you want.