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What’s changed since you last played Sea of Thieves?

A very helpful summary of changes and additions to the game since launch.

(Updated 6 February 2019)

If you took a break from Sea of Thieves, and you’ve been thinking about setting sail once again, but you’re wondering “what’s new?” … this is the place for you!

A few notes:

Although the world is now much more ‘alive’, the core gameplay loop of ‘completing voyages’ is largely unchanged. If you didn’t enjoy the basic premise of Sea of Thieves before, the additions since launch might not swing it for you. If you want to dip your toes back in without committing to a full retail purchase: Game Pass is cheap, my friend.

However, if the feel and gameplay of Sea of Thieves resonated with you, and you want to see what new ‘toys’ have been added to the experience: read on, dear pirate.

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list_alt What’s been added by month, chronological

March 2018

  • Game launch 🎉

April 2018

  • Ship respawn distance – Ships will now respawn outside of visible view of the ship that sank them.
  • Weapon Balancing – Reduced Blunderbuss Damage and Increased Eye of Reach damage.

May 2018

  • Open & Closed Crews – Play with your mates, or with randos.
  • Who Goes There? – When swimming underwater, gamertag and Player Titles are no longer visible.
  • Colour Blind Accessibility – There is now a High Contrast ‘X Marks the Spot’ option in the Accessibility Settings.
  • Aim Sensitivity Slider – Player can customise their controller and mouse sensitivity specifically when aiming with each ranged weapon. The Blunderbuss, Flintlock Pistol and Eye of Reach each have their own slider to adjust.
  • Tattoos – Check out the vanity chest for 16 sailor tattoo sets and visit the clothing shop on outposts for stocks of four purchasable tattoo sets.
  • Scars – Scars earned through campaigns and events such as The Hungering Deep will allow you to tell a story of your pirate’s history and adventures.
  • Ship’s Flags – Let your intentions be known with new flags which can be raised high above your ship! Climb up to the crow’s nest and decide which to raise.
  • Handing Resources – Pirates can now offer an equiped resource (banana, plank, cannonball) for another pirate to take.

June 2018

  • Open / Closed Crew – You can now dynamically change whether your crew is open or closed while out on the seas ( ‘My Crew’ menu).
  • Bilge Rat Adventures – Approximately 2-week long challenges have been added to the game during times when major events are not active. These have also introduced a secondary currency, Doubloons, which can be spent with Duke in Taverns on event-exclusive cosmetics. Doubloons can also be exchanged for Gold, or to purchase Rep.
  • Skeleton Thrones – These thrones require a good sense of discovery to find, and for some an even steadier aim to reach. There are 5 small Thrones and 5 large Thrones, the small requiring just one pirate to sit on, but the larger requiring pirates to be sat on it from more than one crew. Commendations, Titles.
  • Drum – The Sailor Drum has been given to all players.
  • Speaking Trumpet – Equip to cast your voice/chat further and communicate with other crews.
  • Megalodons – Since the retreat of The Hungering One back into the deep, there have been reported sightings of other Megalodons terrorising the Sea of Thieves. It’s been discovered that these new Megalodons have different personalities – some seem to turn tail at the sight of a Galleon, whilst others are said to be just as unforgiving as The Hungering One!
  • Merrick’s Shanty – Merrick’s shanty has been added to the list of playable shanties.
  • Gunpowder Skeletons – new skelly type, spawn holding power kegs.
  • Gunpowder Fuses – When holding a gunpowder keg, players can now light a five-second fuse by pressing the primary action button (Right Trigger on controller or left click on mouse).
  • Explosive Force – When detonated, gunpowder kegs now have the force to rock and push ships.
  • Skeleton Accuracy Tuned – Skeletons wielding a blunderbuss or pistol have had their accuracy reduced.
  • Sunken Curse – Mermaid statues added to the world – destroy them to break the curse! Commendations, Titles.
  • Sunken Items – Artefacts, skulls and treasure chests can be found in the shallows around islands.
  • Joinable Status – Players can now make themselves un-joinable from the new Crew Management tab within Settings. This will mean that even friends can no longer join your session.

July 2018

  • Rock the Boat – Upon impact, cannonballs now apply a rocking effect to ships.
  • Skeleton Ships – (Cursed Sails). Skeleton crewed ships containing loot now spawn looking for a fight.
  • Brigantine Ship – Positioned nicely between the bulk of the Galleon and agility of the Sloop, the Brigantine has been perfectly designed for three pirates to sail to victory.
  • Alliances – A new “Offer Alliance” pennant flag is available in the flag fox in the crow’s nest, along with options to both “Join Alliance” and “Leave Alliance”. Form alliances and see your allies on your maps table, and share a percentage (on top) of the loot they turn in, and vice versa.
  • Sniper Skeletons – some skellies now brandish an eye-of-reach.
  • Hair Dye – Hair dye is now available to all pirates, straight from the Vanity Chest.

September 2018

  • Cursed Cannonballs – These magical cannonballs can now be found in barrels and crates around the world. There are 11 different types of Cursed Cannonball to discover, each unleashing a unique curse on players and ships.
  • The Flag of The Reapers Mark – The Flag of the Reaper’s Mark is a new cursed flag that reveals the location of any ship that dares to fly it. The location of these ships will be shown on all other ships’ maps, but specific ship types and Alliance status will remain a mystery.
  • Inventory Quick Menu – Pressing the TAB key or the Menu button on your controller now shows two new options: ‘Equipment’ and ‘Resources’. From here players can equip themselves with the items they wish to use.
  • Barrels 2.0 – Barrels in the world have been upgraded and can now contain more than one kind of item.
  • Beached Treasures – Banana Crates, Cannonball Crates and Wood Crates will now wash up more frequently on beaches. They also have an increased value when sold to the Merchant Alliance.
  • Controller Sensitivity – Sensitivity settings have now been doubled. The new ‘5’ sensitivity is equivalent to the previous ’10’. Players may have to adjust their settings when they next launch the game.
  • Commendation Changes – Some Commendation requirements have been rebalanced. This change was made due to community feedback. Players who have met the new conditions will need to complete the requirement one more time to trigger the Commendation.
  • Bilge Rat Doubloons – From Cursed Crews onwards, doubloons will be able to be earned even after the Bilge Rat Adventure tied to the commendations ends.
  • Here, Take This… Too! – Players can now give and share treasure items in the same way they give and take cannonballs and bananas!
  • Devil’s Roar Map – Explore the newly emerged lands to the east, where both sea and land provide new hazards for unwary pirates!
    • Volcanoes – Exploding in a fiery inferno, volcanoes rain down hot rocks that damage players and ships. It has never been more important to think carefully about where you anchor!
    • Earthquakes – Tremors forcefully shake the ground and players in the vicinity. Sometimes these earthquakes are isolated, but they may also foreshadow a volcanic eruption…
    • Geysers – Geysers are active in The Forsaken Shores and can launch the player into the air… so watch where you step!
    • Lava Floor – Lava floor zones become active during a volcanic eruption and will cause damage over time if you stand on them. Keep moving!
    • Superheated Water – During a volcanic eruption, the waters around the island become superheated. Damage is not applied to ships, but pirates who opt to stand or swim in the superheated water will find themselves in dire need of a banana. Water in your hull can also become superheated, so have your bucket at the ready!
  • Rowboats – Find these new additions washed up on the islands. They can be pushed into the water and docked to your ship to be transported around the sea.
  • Seaposts – These have appeared across the Sea of Thieves, offering discounts on a selection of items that change over time.

October 2018

  • Cargo Runs -These voyages offer an alternative way to climb the ranks of the Merchant Alliance. Collect goods and deliver them elsewhere, but don’t damage the stock!
  • Athena’s Fortune Voyages – Cargo Runs are now always included as part of Athena’s Fortune voyages.

November 2018

  • Flames of Fate – On the Ferry of the Damned, the Well of Fates has been revealed. It produces a different coloured light depending on the way your pirate has perished. Use your lantern to capture the flame so you can take it back to the land of the living.
  • Make-up – With many pirates wanting to paint their faces in celebration of the Festival of the Damned, this is the perfect time to allow pirates access to various make-up looks that allow for even more customisation options. Make-up is equippable in the Vanity Chest.
  • The Devil’s Roar Rewards – Players now have an increased chance of finding high value loot in The Devil’s Roar!
  • Physics engine – The engine has been upgraded, improving overall client and server performance.
  • Expanded Ship Customisation – Pirates can now flaunt their riches by customising their ship’s wheel, cannons and capstan.
  • Fog – Additional care needs to be taken when sailing the seas, as fog has now been reported across the Sea of Thieves!
  • Megalodon Variety – More of these toothy fiends (each with their own distinctive look) have reached the surface. Shrouded Spoils introduces the Crested Queen, Shadowmaw, Ancient Terror and the extremely rare Shrouded Ghost!
  • Kraken Updates – The difficulty of Kraken encounters has been increased and balanced for different crew sizes, meaning it can now assault any ship, even your Sloop! Watch out for its new slap attack too. The seas just got more perilous…
  • Kraken and Megalodon Rewards – Loot can now be found bobbing on the surface after defeating a Megalodon or Kraken.
  • Activated Skeleton Forts – Six additional Skeleton Forts have now been occupied by the undead.
  • Fort Commodities – Loot in Forts can now include the extra-powerful Stronghold Gunpowder Keg. Ancient Bone Dust crates can also be found and exchanged for Gold and reputation with the Merchant Alliance.
  • Skeleton Ships – Players can now encounter passive and aggressive emergent Skeleton Ships anywhere in the world! Passive ships just want to go about their business but they will fight back if you attack them.
  • Mermaid Statues – These have reappeared on the sea bed of the Sea of Thieves! They also now drop Gems when defeated which can be cashed in with any Trading Company for Gold and reputation.
  • Commendation Grouping – Commendations in the quick menu are now grouped by campaign/Bilge Rat Adventure to make them easier to navigate.
  • Pirate Legend Commendations – 20 additional Commendations have been added exclusively for Pirate Legends to pursue.
  • Cannonball Radial – When docked to a cannon, players can now select which type of cannonball to load from the nifty new radial menu.
  • Treasure Glint – Sunken or floating treasure will now glint, making it easier to spot.

February 2019

  • Full Weapons Rebalance – Damage, bullet speed, equip/reload speed, hip-fire, knock-back, swordplay are all tweaked. See the full details.
  • New Mercenary Voyage – Buy from Duke for five Doubloons, this voyage challenges pirates to seek out the stash of a notorious Rum Runner, collecting rewards valuable to all the Trading Companies.
  • Show Nameplates Above Other Crews – New Settings option allows players to hide the nameplates of any non-crew members they meet, reducing the opportunity for stream sniping.
  • Floating Treasure – The speed that treasure floats to the surface after being released in deep water has been significantly increased.
  • New Skull Fort – Molten Sands Fortress added to Devil’s Road but not yet active.




 

list_alt What’s been added by type

Items

  • Mega-Keg – Loot in Forts can now include the extra-powerful Stronghold Gunpowder Keg (3 times more powerful thanb a normal keg).
  • Rowboats – Find these new additions washed up on the islands. They can be pushed into the water and docked to your ship to be transported around the sea.
  • New Ship: Brigantine – Positioned nicely between the bulk of the Galleon and agility of the Sloop, the Brigantine has been perfectly designed for three pirates to sail to victory.
  • Ship’s Flags – Let your intentions be known with new flags which can be raised high above your ship! Climb up to the crow’s nest and decide which to raise.
  • Speaking Trumpet – Equip to cast your voice/chat further and communicate with other crews.
  • Drum – The Sailor Drum has been given to all players.
  • The Flag of The Reapers Mark – The Flag of the Reaper’s Mark is a new cursed flag that reveals the location of any ship that dares to fly it. The location of these ships will be shown on all other ships’ maps, but specific ship types and Alliance status will remain a mystery.
  • Cursed Cannonballs – These magical cannonballs can now be found in barrels and crates around the world. There are 11 different types of Cursed Cannonball to discover, each unleashing a unique curse on players and ships.

World

  • New Skull Fort – Molten Sands Fortress added to Devil’s Road but it’s not yet active.
  • Activated Skeleton Forts – All Skeleton Forts have now been occupied by the undead.
  • Fog – Additional care needs to be taken when sailing the seas, as fog has now been reported across the Sea of Thieves!
  • Devil’s Roar Map – Explore the newly emerged lands to the east, where both sea and land provide new hazards for unwary pirates!
    • Volcanoes – Exploding in a fiery inferno, volcanoes rain down hot rocks that damage players and ships. It has never been more important to think carefully about where you anchor!
    • Earthquakes – Tremors forcefully shake the ground and players in the vicinity. Sometimes these earthquakes are isolated, but they may also foreshadow a volcanic eruption…
    • Geysers – Geysers are active in The Forsaken Shores and can launch the player into the air… so watch where you step!
    • Lava Floor – Lava floor zones become active during a volcanic eruption and will cause damage over time if you stand on them. Keep moving!
    • Superheated Water – During a volcanic eruption, the waters around the island become superheated. Damage is not applied to ships, but pirates who opt to stand or swim in the superheated water will find themselves in dire need of a banana. Water in your hull can also become superheated, so have your bucket at the ready!
  • Seaposts – These have appeared across the Sea of Thieves, offering discounts on a selection of items that change over time.
  • Bilge Rat Adventures – Approximately 2-week long challenges have been added to the game during times when major events are not active. These have also introduced a secondary currency, Doubloons, which can be spent with Duke in Taverns on event-exclusive cosmetics. Doubloons can also be exchanged for Gold, or to purchase Rep.
  • Skeleton Thrones (Bilge Rat) – These thrones require a good sense of discovery to find, and for some an even steadier aim to reach. There are 5 small Thrones and 5 large Thrones, the small requiring just one pirate to sit on, but the larger requiring pirates to be sat on it from more than one crew. Commendations, Titles.
  • Sunken Curse (Bilge Rat) – Mermaid statues added to the world – destroy them to break the curse! Commendations, Titles.
  • Uncharted Islands – Additional islands are sneakily added to the game on rare occasions. Rocky outcrops have increased since launch also, perhaps indicating a looming geological instability.
  • Beached Treasures – Banana Crates, Cannonball Crates and Wood Crates will now wash up more frequently on beaches. They also have an increased value when sold to the Merchant Alliance.

Enemies

  • Kraken Updates – The difficulty of Kraken encounters has been increased and balanced for different crew sizes, meaning it can now assault any ship, even your Sloop! (Nov 2018)
  • Skeleton Ships – Skeleton crewed ships containing loot now spawn looking for a fight.
  • Sniper Skeletons – some skellies now brandish an eye-of-reach.
  • Gunpowder Skeletons – new skelly type, spawn holding power kegs.
  • Megalodons – Since the retreat of The Hungering One back into the deep, there have been reported sightings of other Megalodons terrorising the Sea of Thieves. It’s been discovered that these new Megalodons have different personalities – some seem to turn tail at the sight of a Galleon, whilst others are said to be just as unforgiving as The Hungering One!

Gameplay

  • Full Weapons Rebalance – Damage, bullet speed, equip/reload speed, hip-fire, knock-back, swordplay are all tweaked. See the full details.
  • New Mercenary Voyage – Buy from Duke for five Doubloons, this voyage challenges pirates to seek out the stash of a notorious Rum Runner, collecting rewards valuable to all the Trading Companies.
  • Floating Treasure – The speed that treasure floats to the surface after being released in deep water has been significantly increased.
  • Cargo Runs – These voyages offer an alternative way to climb the ranks of the Merchant Alliance. Collect goods and deliver them elsewhere, but don’t damage the stock!
  • Athena’s Fortune Voyages – Cargo Runs are now always included as part of Athena’s Fortune voyages.
  • Alliances – A new “Offer Alliance” pennant flag is available in the flag fox in the crow’s nest, along with options to both “Join Alliance” and “Leave Alliance”. Form alliances and see your allies on your maps table, and share a percentage (on top) of the loot they turn in, and vice versa.
  • Rock the Boat – Upon impact, cannonballs now apply a rocking effect to ships.
  • Gunpowder Fuses – When holding a gunpowder keg, players can now light a five-second fuse by pressing the primary action button (Right Trigger on controller or left click on mouse).
  • Explosive Force – When detonated, gunpowder kegs now have the force to rock and push ships.
  • Skeleton Accuracy Tuned – Skeletons wielding a blunderbuss or pistol have had their accuracy reduced.
  • Sunken Items – Artefacts, skulls and treasure chests can be found in the shallows around islands.
  • Who Goes There? – When swimming underwater, gamertag and Player Titles are no longer visible.
  • Ship respawn distance – Ships will now respawn outside of visible view of the ship that sank them.
  • Weapon Balancing – Reduced Blunderbuss Damage and Increased Eye of Reach damage.
  • Merrick’s Shanty – Merrick’s shanty has been added to the list of playable shanties.
  • Handing Resources – Pirates can now offer an equiped resource (banana, plank, cannonball) for another pirate to take.
  • Here, Take This… Too! – Players can now give and share treasure items in the same way they give and take cannonballs and bananas!
  • Inventory Quick Menu – Pressing the TAB key or the Menu button on your controller now shows two new options: ‘Equipment’ and ‘Resources’. From here players can equip themselves with the items they wish to use.
  • Barrels 2.0 – Barrels in the world have been upgraded and can now contain more than one kind of item.
  • Commendation Changes – Some Commendation requirements have been rebalanced. This change was made due to community feedback. Players who have met the new conditions will need to complete the requirement one more time to trigger the Commendation.
  • Bilge Rat Doubloons – From Cursed Crews onwards, doubloons will be able to be earned even after the Bilge Rat Adventure tied to the commendations ends.
  • Flames of Fate – On the Ferry of the Damned, the Well of Fates has been revealed. It produces a different coloured light depending on the way your pirate has perished. Use your lantern to capture the flame so you can take it back to the land of the living.
  • The Devil’s Roar Rewards – Players now have an increased chance of finding high value loot in The Devil’s Roar!
  • Physics engine – The engine has been upgraded, improving overall client and server performance.
  • Cannonball Radial – When docked to a cannon, players can now select which type of cannonball to load from the nifty new radial menu.
  • Treasure Glint – Sunken or floating treasure will now glint, making it easier to spot.
  • Meg, Kraken, Mermaid loot – A defeated Meg will drop loot, as will each Kraken tentacle. Destroyed Mermaids drop a gem which can be turned in to any trading co.

Settings

  • Open / Closed Crew – You can now dynamically change whether your crew is open or closed while out on the seas ( ‘My Crew’ menu).
  • Joinable Status – Players can now make themselves un-joinable from the new Crew Management tab within Settings. This will mean that even friends can no longer join your session.
  • Colour Blind Accessibility – There is now a High Contrast ‘X Marks the Spot’ option in the Accessibility Settings.
  • Aim Sensitivity Slider – Player can customise their controller and mouse sensitivity specifically when aiming with each ranged weapon. The Blunderbuss, Flintlock Pistol and Eye of Reach each have their own slider to adjust.
  • Controller Sensitivity – Sensitivity settings have now been doubled. The new ‘5’ sensitivity is equivalent to the previous ’10’. Players may have to adjust their settings when they next launch the game.
  • Show Nameplates Above Other Crews – New Settings option allows players to hide the nameplates of any non-crew members they meet, reducing the opportunity for stream sniping.

New Cosmetic Types

  • Hair Dye – Hair dye is now available to all pirates, straight from the Vanity Chest.
  • Tattoos – Check out the vanity chest for 16 sailor tattoo sets and visit the clothing shop on outposts for stocks of four purchasable tattoo sets.
  • Scars – Scars earned through campaigns and events such as The Hungering Deep will allow you to tell a story of your pirate’s history and adventures.
  • Make-up – With many pirates wanting to paint their faces in celebration of the Festival of the Damned, this is the perfect time to allow pirates access to various make-up looks that allow for even more customisation options. Make-up is equippable in the Vanity Chest
  • Expanded Ship Customisation – Pirates can now flaunt their riches by customising their ship’s wheel, cannons and capstan.

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