Rare has discussed Sea of Thieves features like pets and customisable emotes for ages, and it looks like those features are finally launching soon – through a microtransaction store, which the developers also noted was in planning well before the game’s launch. In a new developer update video, executive producer Joe Neate runs down the team’s approach to microtransactions and the new features.

Rare is adamant about its approach to in-game purchases. Neate says there won’t be anything that offers a power advantage, nor anything that separates players from one another. Every purchase will be optional, and “we always want you to know what you’re going to be buying,” which means no loot boxes or other blind purchase types.

Those purchases will include pets, new emotes, and fresh ship cosmetics. Pets will hit Insider testing later this week. They’d originally been in ahead of the Anniversary Update, but the developers decided they weren’t up to snuff for that release – so apparently they’re a bit readier now.

Original source: https://www.pcgamesn.com/sea-of-thieves/microtransactions