This is why we can’t have nice things.
If ever there was an argument to be made against either Cross Platform Play or Microsoft’s UWP initiative, this one is it. Sea of Thieves’ PC version has come under attack by hackers, which is never a good thing in a multiplayer game, since it ruins the experience for everybody. Unfortunately, given that this is a cross platform game, that means that the ruining of the game isn’t just contained to PC—it’s spilling over to the Xbox One version of the game as well.
The worst part here is that UWP is supposed to be a sealed, clamped down file format that doesn’t allow tinkering—this is why PC gamers lose advantages like modding with UWP versions of games. But clearly, this isn’t stopping hackers—as always, the honest gamer ends up being on the losing side because of this.
Given that Sea of Thieves is still in its infancy, something like this could end up being catastrophic if Rare doesn’t address it right away. The studio has confirmed to Kotaku that it will be looking into these claims—hopefully they nip the problem in the bud.