Arena lobby times have been reduced

Less wait before you dominate. Tidbits
Today Jason Cross, Producer of The Arena, announced improvements to the Tavern (lobby) waiting times. We have just implemented the following changes which you will begin to experience immediately: Reward Timer: 15 seconds – down from two minutes. (Time spent in the tavern following a contest when rewards are given and the banners are unfurled.) Staging Timer: one minute – down from five minutes. (Time spent searching for a fifth crew when you have four crews in the tavern. When this timer expires, your game begins the Ready Timer.) Ready Timer: one minute – unchanged. (Time spent when all crews…

Dev Update (video)

8.1 million fish. Dev Update Videos
Joe ‘The Talent’ Neate is finally back with another dev update. You can watch the whole thing above, but if you’re pressed for time here the notes of interest: The Anniversary Updated landed really well – credit to the dev team and Insiders program. Some edge-case bugs effecting the completion of some Tales are being worked on. A bug that effected a pirate’s features has been fixed; effected users can get support through the normal channels. For Arena, a fix will land soon that match-makes into the Tavern, rather than into in-progress matches. Rare are aware that some teams are…

Improvements are coming to riddles

Avoiding riddles on the seas, perhaps we could improve them please. Tidbits
We’ve all felt the pain of loading up a Gold Hoarders voyage to be greeted with a fat stack of riddles. They’re certainly fun at first. But the time required to complete them just isn’t worth it for a single chest, especially the 4-steppers. It’s long been the subject of mild irritation from players, with endless suggestion threads on Reddit and the official forums. With the recent addition of collectors chests to the game, there have been some suggestions use these to expand how riddles work. On a Reddit thread suggesting that riddles could perhaps drop trinkets to be stored…

Anniversary Update!

Release Notes – 2.0 Major Releases
[Link] Ahoy, pirates! Sea of Thieves’ momentous Anniversary Update is here, surging in on a tide of new features designed to cater to every kind of player. You’ve got a brand new competitive mode to enjoy as crews go up against each other in The Arena, an intriguing story-driven adventure to follow in Tall Tales – Shores of Gold, and the introduction of fishing, hunting and cooking to coincide with the arrival of The Hunter’s Call! TALL TALES – SHORES OF GOLD With the Anniversary Update, we’re introducing a series of interconnected Tall Tales for you to enjoy. Explore the stories of those who live on…

Anniversary Update: New Achievements

Hot Tub Crime Machine! News
Sea of Thieves have just shared a full list of achievements for today’s Anniversary Update, along with a huge gallery of all the achievements art. Players have been asking for new achievements for some time, so it was exciting to hear there would indeed be a new set coming with this major update. A full 1,000 gamerscore is included, giving completionists some new targets. And of course, the achievement titles come with sprinkles of Rare’s classic comedic flare, ranging from Hot Tub Crime Machine to Rum ‘N’ Bass. Many of the achievements included at launch were very heavily tuned, causing…

Sea of Thieves Content Update: Tall Tales (video)

There is an island that lies beyond the borders of this world… Trailer and Announcement Videos
Embark upon a story-driven adventure into long-lost legends and mysteries. Wield wondrous artefacts, pit your wits against puzzles and face down truly fearsome guardians as you follow this trail of Tall Tales. There is an island that lies beyond the borders of this world… Impossible to reach without great power. The Shroudbreaker is that power. And there are many of these seas who seek it but this adventure belongs to you. Follow the clues left by those who came before and the rewards within your grasp are riches unimaginable… if you can face those and guard them. Well what are…

Sea of Thieves Content Update: The Hunter’s Call (video)

Merrick has returned! Trailer and Announcement Videos
As part of their stream dedicated to The Anniversary Update, Rare dropped this trailer for The Hunter’s Call. Watch the whole thing above. The Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update is nearly here, and with it comes a whole boatload of new features to put your skills as a hunter to the test. Following his mysterious disappearance after The Hungering Deep, Merrick has returned to set up The Hunter’s Call trading company. Working alongside has ever so creatively named son Derrick, and the rest of his extended family, they’ll be your port of call for all things hunting. And that starts…

All the Arena Streams from TwitchCon

Joe gets competitive. Live Stream Roundups
Over the 13th and 14th of April, the Sea of Thieves team set up a booth at TwitchCon. Along with a temporary tattoo parlour, they had 20 machines set up for people to play, and stream, The Arena. It’s a super fun mode. The streams have some great moments – like this come-from-behind win, and Joe getting competitive. Watch the full archive of the streams here:

Mega Update gameplay (video)

Watch all the best gameplay footage without all the inbetweeny stuff. Gameplay Previews
As part of hosting press in the lead up to the release of the Anniversary Update, Rare gave the media outlets some b-roll footage to use. It showcases all the additions to the game including The Arena, Tall Tales, and fishing & cooking. Most of the outlets just ran the raw footage which, to be honest, isn’t the most engaging representation of what there is to see. So we’ve condensed the gameplay to show just the key moments, with a jaunty Sea of Thieves soundtrack for aural flavour. Enjoy! Check out all the latest ‘Mega Update’ news at our Anniversary…

Sea of Thieves Content Update: The Arena (video)

In The Arena you’ll have to play smart to best your rivals. Trailer and Announcement Videos
As part of their stream dedicated to The Arena, Rare dropped this trailer for The Arena. Watch the whole thing above. Welcome to The Arena. An all new competitive mode that lets you dive headfirst into the explosive action of Sea of Thieves as you and your crew battle against four other teams of players in pursuit of a glorious victory. In this frantic new mode the Sea Dogs have created an Arena in which you have to earn as much silver as you can as you fight your way towards the top spot. And in The Arena you’ll have…

Rare invited press to play the Anniversary Update [roundup]

Links to all the best reading from this weeks Anniversary Update coverage. Roundups
Last week Rare hosted press for a preview look at the Anniversary Update – the highly anticipated free update for Sea of Thieves coming April 30, 2019. The embargo lifted earlier today, so following is a round-up of all the press so far. There’s a huge amount of info nestled in these pieces, so we’ll have an ultra-detailed summary of everything covered in these press pieces a little later in the week. 🚨 Be aware that there are spoilers in these previews. If you want to go into the update fresh-faced and wide-eyed, you may want to turn back now. 🚨…

6 Minutes of Sea of Thieves Arena PvP Gameplay

An Anniversary Update gameplay preview via IGN. Gameplay Previews
Rare have provide press with short videos previewing the gameplay in the Anniversary Update. Note, this obviously intended as b-roll footage to be used with other content, but IGN has posted the footage in full. It doesn’t contain music or any voiceover or chat. Come and see the high-speed piracy of Arena, Sea of Thieves’ new competitive mode.

6 Minutes of Sea of Thieves Tall Tales: Shores of Gold Gameplay

An Anniversary Update gameplay preview via IGN. Gameplay Previews
Rare have provide press with short videos previewing the gameplay in the Anniversary Update. Note, this obviously intended as b-roll footage to be used with other content, but IGN has posted the footage in full. It doesn’t contain music or any voiceover or chat. 🚨 Contains spoilers! 🚨 Get a little look at the first episode of the new Sea of Thieves Tall Tales story campaign, Shores of Gold.

7 Minutes of Sea of Thieves Cooking and Fishing Gameplay

An Anniversary Update gameplay preview via IGN. Gameplay Previews
Rare have provide press with short videos previewing the gameplay in the Anniversary Update. Note, this obviously intended as b-roll footage to be used with other content, but IGN has posted the footage in full. It doesn’t contain music or any voiceover or chat. The Sea of Thieves is about to get a few more residents – come and see what it’s like to hook up and fry the new denizens of the deep.

The Story Continues – Joe Neate at EGX (video)

Joe talks Tall Tales, the Anniversary Update, and more. Talks & Panels
Sea of Thieves executive producer, Joe Neate, was at EGX Rezzed this weekend for a chat. The talk was titled The Story Continues, with a focus on Tall Tales. However, the chat was wide-ranging and covered lore, development, the community, and a couple of teases too. As always, we recommend watching the whole thing – but for those who just don’t have time, here’s a time-stamped summary of every question. The Hungering Deep (3:02) Joe mentioned they “fudged together” the shared world narrative of The Hungering Deep using “the tools that were available to us”. But the success of that…