The Sea of Thieves team at Rare really put some efforts in order to keep the Pirates of the Caribbean themed expansion a secret. In the recent interview with Gamesindustry.biz, the Sea of Thieves executive producer Joe Neate said that their team had to adjust their work processes inorder to avoid any information being leaked outside about their crossover with Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean.
“We changed everything in terms of how we worked and shared information internally,” Neate said. “We send a team update each week. It’s just a PDF about what all the different teams are working on. We codenamed everything, and we didn’t include any imagery that was related to the IP in those.”
Sea of Thieves, A Pirates Life update, was announced during the Xbox and Bethesda Games showcase on June 13th and set to release today. The announcement came as a surprise to the Sea of Thieves fans, as they succeeded in not leaking out any of the details before the official announcements were made.
Take a journey to defend your world against threats from beyond the horizon! Featuring characters and locations from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean crossing over into the Sea of Thieves, Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life is available now as part of the free Season Three update. pic.twitter.com/jkIAe9EXcS
— Sea of Thieves (@SeaOfThieves) June 22, 2021
“They came to us and were very complimentary about Sea of Thieves. They wanted to see if we were interested in doing something with… well, Pirates of the Caribbean was the obvious one, but they have other stuff too. And they left it in our court to go away and have a think about it.” Said Joe Neate in the interview.
“It still feels slightly strange to talk about it now. It’s been so engrained in us for over a year and a half, even more than normal. No teases, no hints, just completely locked down.” Lead designer Shelley Preston added.
Although, it’s not the first time Rare has collaborated with Disney, though their last collaboration came at the turn of the century on Mickey Mouse racing games built for the N64 and the Game Boy Color, things look a lot different from then.
“But the relationship with Disney has been great, and there is plenty of stuff that we could go and do in the future. We are not going to rule it out, but it has to be authentic, it has to fit, it has to work and it has to take our game and world forward.” – Said Neate about their relationship with Disney.
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