Sea of Thieves is unique in its approach to cross-platform play, in that it’s not an option you can currently turn off. Both Xbox One and PC players can play together at any time, and there’s nothing you can do about it, but that’s going to change in the very near future.
In a recent developer update, executive producer Joe Neate stated that developer Rare is adding an option for Xbox One players on controller to turn off cross-play. Neate also confirmed that Sea of Thieves is getting keyboard-and-mouse support on Xbox One, and players using that setup will not be allowed to turn off cross-play, forcing them in with PC players and keeping them separated from console players with controllers.
The entire point of this option is to keep the playing field level when it comes to PvP, especially with Sea of Thieves‘ new Arena mode just on the horizon. Obviously, Xbox One players who don’t mind playing with and against keyboard-and-mouse players can still continue to do so, but players who want a “fairer” experience can opt-out of cross-play.
Neate went on discuss some of the “combat improvements” coming to Sea of Thieves, specifically in how every weapon needs to fit into its designated ranges. Specifically, Rare wants to focus on making sword play a more relevant and usable strategy for close-range combat, where weapons like the pistol and the blunderbuss are currently dominating. The game’s Pioneers have already been testing these combat improvements, and Neate stated that the next developer update will include more specific information about changes to the game’s combat.
Keep in mind that next week Sea of Thieves is rolling out an update that will significantly reduce the game’s file size. You’re going to have to download it again, but your hard drive will thank you.