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Microsoft is exploring the possibility of bringing its immensely popular game to the PlayStation platform

In a surprising turn of events, industry insiders have revealed that Microsoft is exploring the possibility of bringing its immensely popular multiplayer pirate game, Sea of Thieves, to the PlayStation platform. While Microsoft has previously released some of its games on rival platforms, this move would mark the first time a marquee Xbox/PC title would find its way onto Sony's gaming console.


Developed by Microsoft studio Rare, Sea of Thieves has been an Xbox and PC exclusive since its debut in 2018. The game, regularly expanded with content updates, has garnered a dedicated player base, surpassing 30 million users, according to Microsoft.

Rumors about Sea of Thieves potentially sailing onto PlayStation gained traction over the weekend. When approached for comment, an Xbox representative declined to provide details, adding fuel to the speculations.


If the plan materializes, Sea of Thieves could become a significant addition to PlayStation's gaming library, providing Microsoft with a new audience for its hit title. However, the move would also mark a notable shift in the dynamic between Microsoft and Sony, two gaming giants with a colorful history of competition.


Notably, Sony opposed Microsoft's bid to acquire Activision Blizzard in 2023, expressing concerns about potential exclusivity of Activision's flagship series, Call of Duty, on Xbox. Eventually, the two companies signed a 10-year deal to keep the series on PlayStation. Sea of Thieves arriving on PlayStation would be an unexpected twist in this ongoing saga.

As of now, the status of Sea of Thieves making its way to PlayStation remains uncertain, and Microsoft has not officially confirmed the plans. The move would raise questions about whether a PlayStation version would be integrated with Microsoft's gaming services.


Microsoft's recent success as a game publisher on PlayStation, especially with titles like Minecraft, coupled with the anticipated success of future Activision Blizzard games on PlayStation, is likely to strengthen Microsoft's position in the gaming industry.


Sony, the current leader in the console market, has been exploring live service games to diversify its portfolio, with Sea of Thieves potentially aligning with its ambitions in this space. However, the success of such endeavors remains to be seen, as Sony's recent efforts in the live service genre have yet to yield a major hit.

One key question in the gaming community revolves around whether Sea of Thieves on PlayStation would be tied to Microsoft's game services, particularly its popular subscription service, Xbox Game Pass. While Xbox executives have expressed their goal of expanding Game Pass to as many platforms as possible, no official plans have been announced for its availability on PlayStation or Nintendo consoles.

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