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The Sea of Thieves beta returns this weekend for server 'scale testing'

15 February 2018

There's only a little more than a month until we all get the chance to sail the seven seas.

Rare also said it plans to run another beta closer to the launch of the game "where players will get a taste of the wider Sea of Thieves experience", but the focus right now is on testing. So, the developers have made a decision to host several scale tests in order to really see how much their servers can take.

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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". Pacific time, and it will run through February 18 at 2 a.m. That means that those who have taken part in the closed beta won't really have anything new to look forward to content-wise. The Kraken will play differently each time you fight it.

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. They went on to detail how the game would play on a variety of different set ups, from very basic to the most tricked out of gaming computers.

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As such, the tests won't be reflective of the final product and will most likely contain issues such as sessions getting interrupted, problems with using shops in-game, and the inability to join the game at certain times throughout the weekend.

But what they are doing is running another, shorter, closed beta this weekend.

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The Sea of Thieves beta returns this weekend for server 'scale testing'