Rare's adventure game set in the world of pirates, Sea of Thieves, is getting custom server support. The capability will arrive to be available alongside the current matchmaking system to let communities host events and gather members together easily without having to depend on various tricks.
Rare expressed that custom servers aren't meant to be optional PvE sessions for players, so gold and reputation progression systems will not be present. Once implemented, custom servers will likely be offered through the Pirate Emporium premium shop in the game, though exact details regarding pricing, feature set, and more are still up in the air.
An alpha version of the feature will be rolling out to Sea of Thieves Insiders soon, with select creators and community groups gaining access afterward. The developer said that "we see a bright future for Custom Servers in Sea of Thieves, but we want to start purposefully with the dual purpose of learning from this initially small audience and expanding the Custom Server toolset before we think about rolling out more widely and what that will entail."
In alpha, players will be able to spin up custom Adventure mode servers, customize what sort of ship numbers and types can be present, and generate a unique code for community members to join through.
Sea of Thieves is available on PC via the Microsoft Store and Steam as well as on the Xbox One family of consoles. The Xbox Game Pass services on Xbox One and PC platforms also come with complete access to the popular title.