Rare announced the death tax on their forum, detailed here: "This new feature has the Captain of the Ferry of the Damned deduct a small gold fee when you die", the post read. You are then prompted to see it in the Microsoft Store for purchase.
That started with last week's release of Sea of Thieves, but due to a new problem that has popped up, the game isn't now playable for Game Pass members. "We'll update you as soon as we can".
The executive producer Joe Neate took to Twitter to quell the idea that the change would still be coming to the game, so it looks like that's all squashed now.
Sea of Thieves is out now for Xbox One and PC, and Alice has been busy plundering the high seas for the past week or so to bring you a definitive verdict. "Do you own this game or app?" the error message asks.
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Gathering feedback after the initial announcement, Rare has backtracked its intention of introducing a death tax in the just-released Sea of Thieves, which was planned for some future update of the always online pirate game.
Despite those issues, Sea of Thieves has had a successful launch, topping the United Kingdom games charts on its first week of release.
The Sea of Thieves team has already addressed other player complaints following the game's launch, including concerns that Sea of Thieves may be lacking in cosmetic or overall content.
It turns out that the developer somewhat fumbled its messaging for the Death Cost, and it wasn't actually going to charge gamers for dying in PvP conditions as originally feared. Neate went on to thank players for "the honest feedback & discussion on this" subject.