Sea of Thieves takes a novel approach to non-verbal communication

Matt Sayer 10 October 2017 NEWS


You won't need a headset to sail the high seas with your friends in this piratical adventure.

The upcoming open-world pirate game Sea of Thieves is geared heavily towards multiplayer, and as such, communication is vital. Not everyone has a headset, though, and some people simply don't enjoy chatting with strangers they meet online. Because of this, Sea of Thieves developer Rare has built a system for non-verbal communication between players, and it looks to offer a surprisingly capable option for chat-averse seafarers.

The core of the system is a radial menu that you can call up at any time to select one of eight key phrases to share with your fellow pirates. These phrases change based on your current situation, with different options when you're manning your ship's wheel to when you're simply wandering around.

Rare's goal is to make sure that the full game can be played using the non-verbal communication system. What's especially interesting, though, is that the contextual phrases are translated automatically into the native language of your teammates, meaning English-speaking players can sail the seas with French- or Spanish-speaking players without dealing with the typical barriers posed by different languages.

Sea of Thieves is slated for a 2018 release on Xbox One and PC.

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