Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Sea of Thieves New Announcements

Image via Rare Image via Rare
Terence Owen | 15 February, 2018, 16:13

The scale tests will allow the developers to find the weak spots in their servers and solve issues before launch. Among other things, the sheer amount of players has unveiled some issues with data bottlenecks. The event takes place from Friday, February 16th and runs through Sunday, February 18th for beta testers on all platforms.

According to Rare, this second beta "is to test a lot of the work we've done since the closed beta, and to try and hit a higher concurrent players number than we've ever seen before". That's intentional, so that the developers can get consistent results.

But while this is exciting news for the thousands of people who played and enjoyed the first beta at the end of January, you probably should temper your enthusiasm.

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This beta is strictly about testing the servers, so not only is it all of the same stuff you've already done in the last beta, you should expect connection errors.

With this essentially being a stress test, the Sea of Thieves Scale Test will simulate service outages, see Rare deliberately throttling its performance to see how the servers cope, and so on. Neate says that the team have been working since the beta to ensure it can cope with expected player numbers, and will be running two scale tests ahead of the game's release next month. This can lead to issues during play, with sessions being interrupted, issues using the shops, and possibly not being able to join the game. In the future, there will be another closed beta, but for now, it's all about the scale tests.

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