The latest update arrives April 22nd.
As part of Inside Xbox for April 2020, the Sea of Thieves team announced details of the next major update: Ships of Fortune. While the content update video has some great visuals and resents a nice overview, a post on Xbox Wire gives a little more detail into the changes this update brings to the game. (Note: we posted a Twitter thread of these details yesterday, so be sure to follow @seaofnews on Twitter so you don’t miss out!) Emissaries Outpost Trading Companies want you to join their cause by becoming an Emissary. This brings a “newly expanded reputation system”,…
Celebrate the launch of Bleeding Edge.
Another week, another Xbox Games Studios cross-promotion. For the next three days you can earn each part of the Mutinous Fist: the flag, sails and hull. Earning these cosmetics is simple – just log in to Sea of Thieves during the eligibility period for each item and the ship parts will appear directly in your inventory. Here’s the period for each, in BST (British Summer Time): 12am April 3rd – 8am April 4th: Mutinous Fist Flag Sails 12am April 4th – 8am April 5th: Mutinous Fist Sails Flag? 12am April 5th – 8am April 6th: Mutinous Fist Hull Eagle-eyed pirates will…
Get in on the festivities!
To celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of Sea of Thieves Rare have announced a slew of events and giveaways. Here’s the full list so you don’t miss out! “X” Marks the Spot Eye of Reach Play Sea of Thieves between March 20th and March 23rd and you’ll automatically receive this time-limited eye of reach (pictured above). Anniversary Stream + Spinal Figurehead Watch the official Anniversary Stream on Friday 20th March at 5PM GMT to obtain the Spinal Figurehead. You must watch on Mixer and be logged in with the Microsoft account you use to play Sea of Thieves. The stream guest…
Game Pass Ultimate members can obtain this perk right now.
As part of the newly announced Game Pass Ultimate Perks program, members can unlock this very cute Ori and the Will of the Wisps inspired ship set. To claim this perk you’ll need to head to the Game Pass app on Xbox or PC and visit the new Perks section. Claiming the perk will generate a code, which must be redeemed via redeem.microsoft.com. Once redeemed, the cosmetics will be available next time you log in to Sea of Thieves. You have until March 2021 to claim the perk, but once claimed the redemption code is only valid for 3 months…
Feb 24th – March 10th, 2020.
Surprise! Sea of Thieves just launched a fishing event, and it’s live right now! Hunter’s Haul is a 2 week event that tracks three fishy milestones. Week 1 – Feb 24th to March 2nd Sell 120 of any fish type to the Hunter’s Call and receive 250 Doubloons. Week 2 – March 2nd to March 10th Sell 60 trophy fish of any type to receive a 300 Doubloon reward. Campaign Reward – February 24th to March 10th Sell a total of 180 Ruby Splashtails during the event to earn the Gold Hauler figurehead. What’s more, those who somehow manage to…
“Load your guns with chain shot! Aim for their rigging!”
UPDATE: Chain-shot is officially confirmed. In the latest Sea of Thieves News video, chain-shot has been confirmed. Along with some footage of the new ammo-type in action, a short interview gave some details of how chain-shot will behave. Chain-shot will deal full damage to any ship part (capstan, wheel, mast) with a direct hit. If you hit a ship’s hull with chain-shot it will result in the smallest hole. Chain-shot has a shorter range than cannonballs, so engagements will need to be tactical. Original post: Every month the Sea of Thieves Creator Crew page is updated with an assets pack…
There’s been “10 million players”. But does that mean anything?
In January Joe Neate announced (via Xbox Wire) that Sea of Thieves had passed 10 million players since launch. We’re excited and humbled to share that Sea of Thieves has now been played by more than ten million players, reinforcing its status as the most successful new IP from Xbox this generation. The news was met with some scattered derision around Reddit and other venues. Commentary has ranged from skepticism that the number is even real, to anger that Rare is trying to make it sound like the game is more popular than it is. Many said that reporting 10 million…
So are you going extra-thin, or extra-wide?
In today’s Sea of Thieves News video (check out the new format), Joe announced that players will finally be able to change their pirates appearance while maintaining their progression! Until now, players have had one chance to choose their pirate’s look using the Infinite Pirate Generator (IPG). The IPG randomly (mostly) rolls fully formed characters including gender, size and a huge amount of other traits. The only way to get a new look for your pirate was to delete them entirely and begin the game again. Over time this has become an issue for many pirates who either missed the…
Festival of Giving
[Link] FESTIVAL OF GIVING The Outpost taverns have been dressed in jolly decorations – it’s time for the season of giving! Mysterious gifts of unknown origin have appeared throughout the Sea of Thieves, and Stitcher Jim has tasked crews with retrieving them. Rewards are on offer for delivering them to his beloved, currently camped near the wreckage of Merrick’s ship on the Uncharted Reef, now being referred to as The Reapers’ Hideout. Jim is also becoming increasingly fascinated by the secrets held within the Ashen Tomes. With rumours of a new volume of Tomes, skeleton crews have become even more…
The swords they are a-changin’.
Dev Update Videos
The next game update is due December 11th, so Joe’s here to cover some incoming quality-of-life changes. Expect more information about the “appropriately themed” (🎅) update next week. But for now, here’s a summary: Sword combat changes. The overall goal of these changes is to make sword combat more fluid. Joe clarifies this is “one step along the path to improving personal combat”. Changes include: Reduced cool-down for missed swings Successfully blocking removes your own stun-lock (meaning you can block and move while absorbing hits) A brief delay when equipping the sword (brings it in line with gun wielding). Ed:…
A Black Friday Sail.
To celebrate Black Friday, Sea of Thieves have release a very time-limited set of Black Friday Sails (get it!?). These are available to purchase on the Microsoft store (with real money) for USD $7.99. The sale runs from Thursday morning (00:00 GMT) till midnight on Tuesday, so get in quick! Note: I recommend signing up for Microsoft Rewards. There’s a wide range of simple activities you can do to earn Rewards points (including simply playing Sea of Thieves), and the $5 and $10 Xbox gift cards are easy to get every month or two. Perfect for occasional Ancient Coin purchases….
Get a free* pet, ship livery, and 3 emotes.
Sea of Thieves has announced a Twitch Prime promotion that will net pirates a wonderful (and very purple) cosmetic set: The Twitch Prime Pirate Pack. Introducing the @TwitchPrime Pirate Pack! This includes the Amethyst Soul Capuchin, three new emotes and the Celestial Steed Hull, Sails, Flag and Figurehead. Twitch Prime subscribers can tap the link to get this exclusive loot! Yes it had to be purple. 🐵https://t.co/TuhAa47Dus pic.twitter.com/L6dVcosXN7 — Sea of Thieves (@SeaOfThieves) November 25, 2019 This is the first broad pet giveaway, so if you haven’t quite managed to kill enough coin-bois to afford one, this is a great…
The Seabound Soul!
[Link] TALL TALES: THE SEABOUND SOUL Our Tall Tales series first started when we launched the Anniversary Edition earlier this year, and we’re delivering a brand new Tale this month with The Seabound Soul. Brave souls will be led down a dark path to discover the fate of a legendary ship called the Ashen Dragon, with the help of a mysterious gentleman whose name may ring a bell… Tall Tales: The Seabound Soul – The crumbling remains of a once-proud Galleon, the Blackwyche, gave Shipwreck Bay its name. Now a ghostly voice calls out from the wreckage. Journey to Shipwreck Bay and seek the captain’s journal in the heart…
Fire. Fire. Fire.
Trailer and Announcement Videos
The pirates of the Sea of Thieves are no strangers to strangeness, but even they must admit that something has been amiss for a while. The latest rumours speak of Sir Arthur Pendragon returning to the world, a man with his own supernatural history. Meanwhile, the skeletons act to preserve mystical secrets from the past in their Ashen Chests. Even Duke is no longer content to just sit by! What will you do, and how far will you go? Check out the full release notes here.
Bonus: FREE COMICS!
On the Sea of Thieves blog this week, the team have detailed the process of bringing the Sea of Thieves: Origins comics to life. Origins is a short series of stand-alone comics that focus on each of the first three Trading Companies. It’s an incredibly collaborative process, with Rare writers suggesting outlines and the comics artists adjusting to the lore and existing game mechanics so the story resonates with players. “The great thing about working on videogame-based comics is finding a new way to celebrate the pre-existing visuals and the narrative. The Sea of Thieves game is rich with striking stylistic characters,…