Microsoft and Rare’s new pirate simulator Sea of Thieves may have struggled with us critics, but it’s a hit with gamers and Microsoft’s fastest-selling new IP with 2 million copies of the game in players hands already.
“The worldwide excitement for Sea of Thieves has made it the fastest-selling first-party new IP of this generation,” said Rare studio head Aaron Duncan in a statement. “Having witnessed more than a million players on launch day, our community continues to grow and now has more than two million players. Alongside this, Sea of Thieves is already the best-selling Microsoft Studios first party on Windows 10.”
Microsoft says that the 2 million sales number does not include people who played it via Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. The fastest-selling badge, though, refers specifically to Microsoft IPs and to this generation. Games like Sunset Overdrive and Quantum Break are under that umbrella, while games like Forza and Gears of War are not.
Microsoft has struggled over the last few years to establish the Xbox One as a home for original, Microsoft-exclusive games. While Sony doles out games like Uncharted 4, Bloodborne, and Horizon Zero Dawn, Microsoft is looking at a few Forza games and exactly one each of fresh Halo and Gears titles. Games like the aforementioned Quantum Break and Sunset Overdrive stand out, but while they did well with critics they struggled to hit the big time sales-wise.
Meanwhile, games like Crackdown and Scalebound have seen heavy delays, and the latter even ended up getting canned. This year seems to be the time for Microsoft to make a push, and the first volley seems to be working. The zombie simulator State of Decay 2 hits mid-May, and Crackdown 3 is still set to hit in the first half of this year after years of delays.
I have my issues with Sea of Thieves, but this is good news for Rare, which hasn’t had an original non-Kinect game in almost a decade, and for Xbox gamers who are definitely craving a big new title to get excited about.
TechnoBuffalo LLC has affiliate partnerships with various companies. These do not at any time have any influence on the editorial content of TechnoBuffalo. TechnoBuffalo LLC may earn a commission from these links.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra's Space Zoom camera is amazing and a bit creepy
The Galaxy S20 Ultra supports up to 100X zoom, which Samsung calls Space Zoom, but is it any good? Can a phone really product usable photos at 100x zoom? We've got our Galaxy S20 Ultra already so join us to find out!
Win an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch with the Reader's Choice giveaway!
What's the best phone of 2019? Is it the iPhone 11 Pro, Pixel 4 or OnePlus 7T? What about the best laptop, games console, tablet and more? Vote NOW in the Reader's Choice awards and win BIG in time for the holidays!
Here are the best products from IFA 2019!
Here are the products announced at IFA 2019 that were worthy of our Best of IFA 2019 awards. Also featuring MrMobile's single best product at the show!
The Dungeons and Dragons loot you always wanted
These are the accessories you need to be at the most prepared D&D player at your table.