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Rare is donating Sea of Thieves pet sales to a real-life animal charity

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This weekend, Rare is donating proceeds from in-game Sea of Thieves pet sales to a real-life animal charity.

Starting tonight at 5pm PDT / 8pm EDT / 12am BST and running until the same time on Sunday, August 1, the proceeds from all pet and pet accessory purchases from Sea of Thieves' Pirate Emporium will be donated to the Twycross Zoo Charity, which benefits animal conservation. The UK-based zoo also happens to be GamesRadar news editor Ben Tyrer's childhood stomping ground, not to mention Rare's local zoo, so we're particularly partial to this charitable cause.

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This isn't the first time Rare has put its resources to a good cause. One of my favorite stories from last year was when the studio helped organize a real-life Sea of Thieves-inspired treasure hunt for a six-year-old superfan with cabin fever. It's definitely on a smaller scale than this weekend's initiative, but it's still a great example of Rare going above and beyond for its fans.

As if you needed another reason to play Sea of Thieves, let's not forget the acclaimed Pirates of the Caribbean expansion is still in full-swing. Last month, we spoke with executive producer Joe Neate and creative director Mike Chapman about the latest expansion, and Neate shared what it was like seeing the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow cross worlds into Sea of Thieves.

"That moment when you have your first encounter with Jack, and you first see him in the world and fitting in… It's like nothing else," says Neate. "Seeing it for the first time during development really kind of made me sit back and be like 'Wow, okay, yeah, this is something special."

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Jordan Gerblick

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked in - *shudders* - content management while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG. Now, as GamesRadar's Arizona-based Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.