Sea of Thieves developer Rare addressed some multiplayer topics by explaining how the matchmaking system will allow players to find and interact with other pirates.
Craig Duncan, the studio head for Rare, recently tweeted about a few inaccuracies that he'd noticed online regarding Sea of Thieves' matchmaking system. While it's been suggested in the past that a world in Sea of Thieves would consist of 100 players within the world, Duncan said that that statement was incorrect and clarified what Rare's vision is for the Sea of Thieves multiplayer environment.
Lots of #SeaOfThieves articles popping up, hard to keep up but noticing a few saying 100 players in the world - this is incorrect - we think of SoT as a coop adventure where you encounter other players in the world, encounter frequency and variety is what is magic about SoT 1/2— Craig Duncan (@Gamerboss) February 3, 2018
Our vision is you & your crew embarking on adventures together, seeing those ships on the horizon or in the world & knowing they are another crews of real players on their own adventure & not knowing their intent or if they have treasure on board, we dynamically matchmake 2/2— Craig Duncan (@Gamerboss) February 3, 2018
With that topic covered, there were still some questions about how many ships would be allowed in the ocean at any given time. Duncan clarified that the system was variable when it comes to how many ships would be encounterable in the ocean at different intervals, but he also said that players will never have to worry about being left to drift through the ocean on their own as they would be automatically migrated to a different server.
It’s variable, we add ships (not players) to each instance of the world, if ships leave we fill with new ones, if you end up being on your own we migrate you to another server - it’s all very clever - I’ve talked to press about this in a few interviews this week— Craig Duncan (@Gamerboss) February 3, 2018
Sea of Thieves recently wrapped up a closed beta with tons of players that took part, so it's safe to say that if this interest continues, players will have no problem encountering other ships during their adventures. Sea of Thieves is scheduled to release on March 20.