Choppy server waters on launch day.

In an effort to deal with the ongoing launch day server issues affecting Rare’s Sea of Thieves, the developer has announced a temporary plan to suspend new players from joining the game.

Those who are currently signed out of Sea of Thieves will be unable to sign in for an undetermined amount of time, according to the Sea of Thieves Twitter account.

“In order to resolve the issues players are seeing with the servers, we will be temporarily suspending new players joining the game. We’ll get everyone back in and playing as quickly as we can,” the account said.

IGN has reached out to Xbox and Rare for comment on the issue and will update this story should they respond.

So if you already had begun playing Sea of Thieves, you should be able to continue doing so, as long as you don’t sign out. But if you plan to jump in as Rare works on this current server fix, you may encounter log-in issues labelled  LavenderBeard or other known Sea of Thieves errors.

Since the early hours of its launch, Rare has promised to address server issues players are encountering as the Sea of Thieves servers see join rates much higher than Rare had previously seen. Since its release, however, some players have expressed concerns about what they perceive as a lack of cosmetic items and total game content to experience.

If you already have jumped into Sea of Thieves, be sure to check out IGN’s ever-growing Sea of Thieves wiki guide for all you need to know.

And for our thoughts on IGN’s time with the game so far, check out IGN’s Sea of Thieves review in progress, or watch the early impressions of the full game in the video below.

Jonathon Dornbush is an Associate Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter @jmdornbush.

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