E3 2017 saw a plethora of games being unveiled in front of the gaming community. While most of those titles did get a release date by the end of 2017, a select few of them got pushed to being released in 2018. One of those games is Sea of Thieves.

The Microsoft title is one of the most anticipated games of the year, with a release date set for 20th March 2018. The game allows players to control pirates in first-person mode and explore an open-world via a pirate ship and assume different roles such as steering, hoisting sails, navigation, firing cannons and other tasks.

Now, while the game is still a couple of months away, interested players will now have access to the game’s multiplayer mode thanks to an officially announced closed beta.

The Sea of Thieves Closed Beta will run from 12 p.m. GMT on January 24 to 8 a.m. GMT on January 29. This will give the players a full five days of sailing, shanties, and shenanigans. That being said, the team has stated that they won’t be testing the complete game during the closed beta to ensure some surprises for the players during the actual game release.

Furthermore, the closed beta will not have any Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) associated with it. This means that the players can stream, create videos, share clips, take screenshots of gameplay, and even monetize their personal content.

A noteworthy caveat about this is that the Closed Beta is only available for users who had previously registered for the Sea of Thieves Insider Programme before December 1, 2017, as well as for users that have pre-ordered the game. If you pre-ordered the game through the Xbox or Windows Store, the game will appear in your games library 24 hours before the Closed Beta begins. You will then be required to download and install it.

In case you failed to register for the Insider Programme, make sure to pre-order Sea of Thieves from here. Also, do let us know if you’re excited about closed beta in the comments down below.

Update: An earlier version of this story erroneously called the game a “Ubisoft title” while explaining the gameplay. The article has been updated to reflect the correct information.