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…

The Arena will be playable at TwitchCon

Not an Insider? Not a problem. News
Of all the additions coming to the Anniversary Update, The Arena is the one we’ve known about the longest. However, we’ve received very little new information since the new game mode was announced at XO18. But it looks like that’s about to change. We know that media will be visiting Rare this week to play The Anniversary update – and we expect to see write-ups about those visits in mid-April. Additionally, the Sea of Thieves dev team will be streaming The Arena on April 10th, where the team will “share more details, insights and glimpses from behind the scenes”. Following…

Developer Update (video)

Pets are delayed. Perhaps they’re being spayed? Dev Update Videos
Notes of interest from this week’s Dev Update: Pets While the original plan was for pets to come into the game with the Anniversary Update, testing with Insiders and internally have shown they’re not at a quality level Rare would like. The devs want pets to really fit the world and feel alive, so they’ll take some more time to get them right. Tall Tales The devs will have a live stream dedicated to covering Tall Tales on April 23rd, along with a Tall Tales trailer. Tall Tales brings narrative, story and quests into the shared world of the game….

Year One in Review (video)

A full overview of the first year… and a bit… of Sea of Thieves. Trailer and Announcement Videos
On the heel on the one year anniversary of Sea of Thieves, Rare have released their offical Year One in Review video! Video Manager, Jon McFarlane, walks us through every update, event and adventure available to all the pirates on the seas since launch. Watch the video above for a wonderful stroll down memory lane. More: What’s changed since you last played Sea of Thieves Everything we know about the Mega Update The official Anniversary Trailer See all the updates in a big, long list Follow Sea of News on Twitter to stay up to date with all the news…

Ship speeds revealed, for real

If you’ve ever wondered which ships are fastest in which sail configuration, wonder no longer. Community
There is a lot of accepted wisdom when it comes to sailing in Sea of Thieves. Not long after launch, pirates discovered that when a sloop’s sails are directly squared against the wind, the ship travels faster than with the sails angled to either side. Even now, that is still occasionally disputed in the community. And the Brigantine is faster than the galleon. Or is it? YouTuber kiwhen recently decided to find out the facts of the situation with as much accuracy as possible. The result is a fascinating look at the physics of the game. To ascertain speed, you…

We’ll have to wait a little longer for Pets

They’re not quite ready for prime time. News
Eagle eyed observers would have noticed that Pets were conspicuously absent from the Anniversary Update trailer on Wednesday. At the time, I postulated that, since the mega update was a free update, pets (which will cost real money) were intentionally omitted to avoid confusion. Nope. Executive Producer, Joe Neate, confirmed on Twitter that pets aren’t quite where Rare would like them to be, so they’re taking the time to ensure they get it right. We’re not quite happy with where Pets are at yet. Been testing them with Insiders, taken feedback, had internal reviews, and not confident they’d meet our…

Sea of Thieves announces major “Anniversary Update”

The update will arrive on April 30th. News
The team from Sea of Thieves announced the details of their “mega update” today – now officially called the Anniversary Update. As well as The Arena (most of the details of which we’ve know since it was announced) the video, announcement and promo page give us some more details about things we know, and tip us off to some new things. Tall Tales – Shores of Gold introduces a new epic storyline to the world of Sea of Thieves, delving deeper into the lore of our favourite pirate paradise. Follow a series of narrative adventures surrounding existing and all-new characters, taking you…