Sea of Thieves players are receiving a "too early" error message when attempting to access the beta, and the developers took to Twitter to assure players that they are investigating the cause of the issue.
It wasn't all plain sailing, however, as some players found they were unable to access the beta.
"We know that a number of you are still unable to get into the game to play", Rare engagement boss Emma Bridle wrote in a blog post.
We're now experiencing an incredibly high number of tweets, so we are sorry that we can't get back to all of you.
The very first Sea of Thieves Closed Beta has rolled out today on both PC and Xbox One. Rare says it is in the process of getting these errors fixed. In case you have already participated in Technical Alpha, you are granted access to the Closed Beta.
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Microsoft launched Xbox Game Pass in June 2017 and expanded it to 40 countries in September 2017. For $9.99 per month, subscribers will get access to Sea of Thieves when it releases on March 20.
Now, typically, people would just have to accept that a closed beta may come with bugs.
The victor of the contest will see their achievement show up in the final game. It's better to isolate and eliminate these issues now rather than at launch. The beta is set to contain a glimpse of what players can expect to see in the full release of the game, with some of the bigger secrets remaining hidden until Sea of Thieves releases this March. That means these are paying customers, and Microsoft and Rare can not ignore them.
You don't have to jump through too many hoops to download and install Sea of Thieves, so don't fret. Another way you could do this is if you have signed up for the Sea of Thieves Insider Programme before December 1st, 2017. More time with this test may reveal how Rare plans to mix up that process.