[UPDATE] The tweet has been removed. Also, a Microsoft representative sent along the following statement, which does not confirm or deny the reported February 2017 release window for Sea of Thieves:
“Our next goal beyond E3 is a closed beta where we’ll get some of our keenest fans involved in playing the game and providing feedback to the studio. We have nothing further to share at the moment but will have more details in the future.”
In addition, Xbox Games head of marketing Aaron Greenberg has responded on Twitter with the following:
— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) July 11, 2016
The original story is below.
According to the tweet (via IGN), the game will launch in February 2017. It is not immediately clear, however, if this is the release window for Australia only or other regions as well.
Officially, Microsoft has not announced a release date for the Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive.
“One thing I can tell you is it’s not free-to-play,” design director Gregg Mayles stated in a previous interview. “We didn’t say anything last year and then some people made stuff up, y’know, ‘it looks free-to-play!’ But we can clear that up–we will not be free-to-play.”
Sea of Thieves is an Xbox Play Anywhere game. That means if you buy it (digitally) on Xbox One, you will get the PC version for free and vice versa. Microsoft has also stated that this game is the best game that developer Rare has ever made.
For more on Sea of Thieves, check out all of GameSpot’s previous coverage.