Monkey Pukes On Dev During Sea Of Thieves Live Stream
hat’s exactly what happened during a live stream featuring Sea of Thieves developers Drew Stevens, Joe Neate and Rare’s video community manager Jon McFarlane. For some reason, they thought bringing a literal monkey on to discuss the Smuggler’s Fortune update and The Pirate Emporium would be a good idea.
Fortunately for Rare, Antonio did in fact grab the attention of the internet. Unfortunately for Jon McFarlane, it was for all the wrong reasons.
What's the saying? Never work with children or animals?…
— Sea of Thieves (@SeaOfThieves) September 9, 2019
To add authenticity to the announcement that player pets will be included in the Pirate Emporium update, Jon introduced a live squirrel monkey, named Antonio, at the beginning of the stream. He was joined by animal handler Barbara, who said that Antonio had been habituated to be able to visit people outside the habitat.
Rare executive producer Joe Neate commented on how well-behaved Antonio was, and the monkey seemed to take a liking to Jon, continually returning to his shoulders over the course of the stream.
Then, while seated on Jon’s right shoulder, vomited all over the front of his shirt. A little bit got on his face as well. Jon, for his part, seemed to take it about as well as could be expected for a man covered in monkey barf, and tried to keep a straight face as he accepted a napkin thrown to him from off-camera.
Antonio wasn’t about to leave the job half-done, however, and hopped his way onto Jon’s other shoulder, vomiting there as well. At that point, Jon broke down laughing.
“I’ve never had regurgitated mealworm on me before, and it was a great choice to wear a gray t-shirt,” Jon commented while trying to clean himself off.
The Sea of Thieves official Twitter account didn’t shy away from the incident, instead choosing to highlight it with an animated GIF.
So, yeah, there’s pets in Sea of Thieves now. It’s part of a larger launch of the Pirate Emporium, a “new premium store selling a range of items such as pets, emotes, and ship liveries.” A new currency is being introduced to work in the store, which will be purchasable on the Xbox Games Store or the Emporium itself. The update is coming this month, but no word yet on if the pets have any sort of puke mechanic. After all, it wouldn’t be totally out of line: Sea of Thieves already lets players puke into buckets and throw it at others.