Sea of Thieves is currently set to release early this year, and with Microsoft promising support on laptops and lower end computers, they’re looking to get all the testing in that they can. First up is the closed beta test, which will kick off near the end of the month, offering fans a first look at the game as well as a chance to help test it and optimize any issues that might arise. To get you ready we’ve outlined the Sea of Thieves closed beta start times below, so you can give it a go and share your experience with the developers. We’ve also included the Sea of Thieves closed beta end times so you know how long you can play.

Sea of Thieves isn't slated to release until March of 2018, but the launch of the game’s closed beta means that the game is getting closer and closer to release, which is a good sign to those looking forward to it. To find out how and when you can hop into the closed beta, check out the information below.

Closed Beta Start and End Times

The first major wave of testing will kick off on January 24 and will run up to January 29. This provides players with a full five days to dive into the game and find any issues or bugs that might rise up during the beta. This, of course, will be just the first of many betas to come to help optimize the game and make sure it’s ready for release on the PC, and anybody who signed up for the Sea of Thieves Insider Program before December 1 (as well as anyone who preorders the game) will be able to participate in the beta.

The beta itself will kick off at 4AM PST on January 24 and will run until January 29 at 12AM PST. As we stated above, this will give players plenty of time to log in and get some impressions of the game and the current state that it is in. Of course, Microsoft needs plenty of users to take part in the beta, so don’t be afraid to dive in and share your thoughts.

The developers have also revealed that the closed beta will not be covered by any kind of NDA, which means you’ll be able to stream, record, clip, and screenshot your escapades as you sail the seven seas on your journey to become a king of thieves.

To learn more about the Sea of Thieves beta, be sure to head over to the game’s FAQ, where you’ll find an assortment of information to help you get ready for the beta, including how to download the beta client and more.

We’ll have more coverage of Sea of Thieves as we move closer to release, so make sure you check back often for the latest previews, information, and strategy guides surrounding Microsoft’s pirate adventure.