It is well established that modulational instability enhances the probability of occurrence for rogue waves if the
wave field is long crested, narrow banded and sufficiently steep. As a result, a substantial deviation from commonly used
second order theory-based distributions can be expected. However the spreading of the wave energy over a number of
directional components can notably reduce the effect of modulational instability. In order to achieve a better
understanding on the influence of wave directionality and its implication for design work, numerical simulations based on
the truncated potential Euler equations were used. Results show the existence of a transition region between strongly and
weakly non-Gaussian statistics as short crestedness increases.