It’s a tale as old as time, or at least online gaming. Microsoft and Rare’s highly anticipated pirate adventure Sea of Thieves has proven so popular that they had to temporarily prevent new players from joining the game.

Server issues appear to have stabilized for now. Sea of Thieves launched this week on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.

Because of these issues, and the core gameplay tied to online play, most reviews are still in-progress. Reception is very mixed so far. The open world is relatively light on content, and feels isolating to solo players. On the flip side, groups of friends have found many ways to have a great time going on adventures, finding treasure, sinking ships, and battling the kraken. It’s a sandbox that requires its players to be a bit more proactive with finding the fun.

Sea of Thieves is rated T for Teen with Crude Humor, Alcohol, and Violence. That obviously doesn’t include any online interactions with players. Sea of Thieves is available now on PC and Xbox One.

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Eric has been writing for over nine years with bylines at Dicebreaker, Pixelkin, Polygon, PC Gamer, Tabletop Gaming magazine, and more covering movies, TV shows, video games, tabletop games, and tech. He reviews and live streams D&D adventures every week on his YouTube channel. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla.