Will Sea of Thieves be a Free to Play Game?

A month out from E3, Rare has still not provided very much information on what their newest franchise Sea of Thieves will be like. From the gameplay trailer showed during the Microsoft E3 press conference last month, we know that Sea of Thieves is an online multiplayer pirate game, but recent job postings from the Twycross developer noted by Steverulez points to a possible free-to-play future.

A June 18th job posting for a "Retention Designer" lists the following responsibilities:
  • Partner with the production team to design complimentary retention features
  • Propose/execute strategies that successfully and measurably improve retention
  • Passionate about developing new mechanics and systems that delight and drives retention
  • Write design specifications, review with stakeholders and gain consensus
  • Create models of complex game systems, player behavior, engagement, and retention
  • Establish meaningful insights from large data sets and analyze campaign efficacy through quality data analysis and reporting in coordination with Business Intelligence
  • Stay up to date with industry trends and business models across console, pc, and mobile
  • Partner with production and Service teams to understand product designs and devise compelling programs leveraging features, tools, and channels to manage or drive community, social, and viral activities

If there was any doubt that this is relating to Sea of Thieves, Microsoft lays it right out for you.

"Our newest and most ambitious title, Sea of Thieves, is a shared world adventure that promises to break new ground. Players can be the pirate they want to be, setting sail across treacherous seas to carve out their legend in an epic multiplayer experience.

Why not join our crew for an adventure of your own? There's always a place here for the very best talent to help shape the future. So if you'd like to be part of a pioneering team dedicated to working on Sea of Thieves or the next jaw-dropping, never-been-done-before Rare game, apply today!"

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