We all knew going into Sea of Thieves that becoming a Pirate Legend would be like an exclusive club – but perhaps not that exclusive.
Reddit user Furious4Fame used figures from Rare’s E3 announcement that roughly 4 million people have played Sea of Thieves since launch and cross-referenced it with the percentage of players that actually left port in their first session (63.33%, according to an unlockable Achievement) and the percentage of players who have gained the Pirate Legend Achievement (0.23%). The magic number at the end of the calculations was approximately 9,200 players.
For the uninitiated, Pirate Legend is the rank that players achieve after reaching level 50 across the 3 main Trading Companies (Gold Hoarders, Merchant Alliance, and Order of Souls) – with the way rewards scale the higher rank you are, it’s a long journey to become a Pirate Legend, whether you’re actively working towards it or not.
From the Reddit post, Furious’ maths works out like this:
- 4 million people have played Sea of Thieves since launch (according to Rare at E3)
- 63.33% of total players have unlocked the ‘Now Bring Me That Horizon’ Achievement, in which you set sail on your boat for the first time
- 63.33% of 4 million players is around 2,533,200 players
- 0.23% of players have gained the ‘Become Pirate Legend’ Achievement
- 0.23% of the total 4 million players is 9,200
- Of the 2,533,200 players that have left port, 9,200 Pirate Legends is 0.3631%
Obviously the numbers aren’t accurate, and should be taken as more of a rough estimation than perfect figures – only Rare knows how many there are in the wild. But it’s fun to look at the data we have available to us and see what we can glean.
Given Sea of Thieves has been out for a few months now, I would have expected the number of Pirate Legends to be greater than the above – it looks like being a Pirate Legend will remain a pretty exclusive club for a while longer yet.
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