Sea of Thieves is a big release for a variety of reasons. It is Rare's first major original game in a fairly long time, the first major Xbox One exclusive of the year and the first of Microsoft's games to release Day and Date on Game Pass. Whatever the reason for your game, you will do it at another time, depending on where in the world you live. Although it's a release date of March 20, this is an online only game, and servers go online at different times in different regions.
The first players are actually online – regions like New Zealand, Australia and Japan are already in there, but you'll still wait if you're in the West. Those in the UK will be online late in the evening ̵
A complete schedule for when servers go online can be seen on the Sea of Thieves website. Hopefully, this step-by-step introduction will prevent problems with the online connection, but you can keep an eye on the situation on the Rare server status page.
As mentioned above, Xbox Game Pass members have access to Sea of Thieves. At the same time, the game is being offered for sale on Xbox One and PC. It lets you play as long as you remain a Game Pass subscriber. Alternatively, you can now get a free copy of the game by purchasing an Xbox One X.
Unfortunately, critics did not have access to Sea of Thieves prior to their release, so we do not have a review yet. You can see our impressions of the game in the next few days. In the meantime, take a look at the 10 things we learned from the last beta.