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 of the Blackwyche to uncover a secret history of binding and betrayal…
- The Seabound Soul Commendations – New Commendations have been added cataloguing players’ progress through the latest Tall Tale. These can be found in a new ‘Tall Tales’ section of the Reputation page. By progressing through these Commendations, players can earn new rewards: Pendragon’s Sword of Souls and the Ashen Dragon Sails.
- The Seabound Soul Achievements – New Xbox achievements can be unlocked by progressing through The Seabound Soul in-game Commendations. A total of 40 gamerscore is available to earn from this update, and these achievements will remain in the game indefinitely.
Duke has heard rumours of skeletons gathering ancient Ashen Tomes and keeping them under heavy guard. They are going to great lengths to protect the mysterious pages within, locking the Tomes inside Ashen Chests and keeping the Ashen Keys in isolation. This level of organisation is worrying – something big is brewing!
Duke has hastily departed the Outpost seeking advice on this latest threat, leaving Stitcher Jim in charge of operations. Jim has tasked crews with intercepting these Ashen Chests and, if possible, finding the Ashen Keys to unlock them and retrieve the treasures within. While nobody knows what the skellies are planning, you can certainly make it tougher for them by taking Ashen Tomes from right under their nose holes!
- Key Seeker Voyages – Although unsure exactly where the Key Masters can be found, Stitcher Jim’s scouts have provided details of their Captains in each region of the world. Upon defeating a Captain, a dropped set of Skeleton Orders will lead players to the location of a hidden Ashen Key, but beware – collecting an Ashen Key will antagonise the Key Masters into revealing themselves and protecting their treasure!While Jim will offer Doubloons for selling these Ashen Keys, the true prize is locked inside the Ashen Chests that the Keys unlock.All Key Seeker Voyages are time-limited for the duration of The Seabound Soul update.
- Legendary Ashen Guardian Lure Voyage – Stitcher Jim’s scouts have provided the locations of Ashen Trinkets buried throughout the main regions of the world, and want Pirate Legends to dig them up in order to provoke an Ashen Guardian into revealing themselves. Defeating the Ashen Guardian will result in a dropped riddle leading to the location of the Ashen Chests they’re protecting. Expect to discover a range of Ashen Trinkets and multiple Ashen Chests from this Legendary Voyage!The Legendary Ashen Guardian Voyage is time-limited for the duration of The Seabound Soul update.
- Mercenary Commendations and Rewards – A range of Mercenary Commendations are available to unlock for participating in the Key Seeker and Ashen Guardian Lure Voyages offered by Jim, earning players Doubloons as well as a soon to be named Title.All Mercenary Voyage Commendations, Doubloons and Title are time-limited for the duration of The Seabound Soul update.
- Ashen Skeleton Ship Battles – Crews warn of perilous encounters while engaging with Skeleton Ship clouds. Sailing towards this Red threatening cloud will uncover Skeleton Ships carrying a hidden shipment of Ashen Chests. Don’t be too complacent however, these ships now wield firebombs to take on anyone daring to threaten them. On defeat, their stash of Ashen Chests and even a Ritual Skull will be released!The Ashen Skeleton Ship Battles will become a permanent addition to the world after The Seabound Soul update, allowing players to encounter this threat at any time.
- Ashen Guardian and Ashen Key Master Sightings – With heightened levels of activity across the sea, Ashen Guardians and even Ashen Key Masters have been spotted patrolling on Islands. Keep a close eye on islands as you explore and take them down!The Ashen Guardian Key Masters will become a permanent addition to the world after The Seabound Soul update, allowing players to encounter this threat at any time.
- Ashen Chest Stash Voyages – Stitcher Jim has retrieved a stash of Ashen Chests for himself, however, doesn’t hold enough Ashen Keys to unlock the tomes within. Within the Black Market, Stitcher offers players a Stash Voyage to collect a quick Ashen Chest straight from the Outpost. These Black Market Voyages can be purchased for either Doubloons or Gold and are repeatable to your heart’s content!The Ashen Chest Stash Voyage will become a permanent addition to the world after The Seabound Soul update.
- Ashen Treasures Commendations – A new tab has been added to the Bilge Rats Reputation page, housing a new set of persistent Commendations for helping Jim intercept Ashen cargo and the Ashen Tomes locked inside. Earn Doubloons to spend in the Black Market along the way.All Ashen Treasures Commendations will become a permanent addition to the world after The Seabound Soul update.
- Ashen Rewards: Volume 1 – Both Stitcher Jim and the Outpost stores now offer a selection of new Ashen cosmetics, rewarding players for collecting the various Ashen Tomes hidden in recovered Ashen Chests. In The Seabound Soul update, players can recover volumes from one of the Ashen Tomes – the Tome of Curses – allowing access to the first set of cosmetics including items from the clothing, weapons, items, and ship sets.All Ashen Rewards will become a permanent addition to the Outpost stores after The Seabound Soul update.
- Ashen Treasures Achievements – New Xbox achievements can be unlocked by progressing through in-game Commendations. A total of 35 gamerscore is available to earn by collecting Ashen Treasures, and these achievements will remain in the game indefinitely.
The seas just became a lot more hazardous as this month’s update introduces fire! Whether you’re cooking, sailing through a storm or locked in fierce combat with a rival player or skeleton crew, the threat of your ship (or yourself) bursting into a brilliant ball of flames is now ever-present. You have been warned…
- Firestarter! – Players, ships and skeletons can be set on fire, but how does it happen? Fires start in many ways: firebombs can be launched by a rival crew, explosions from a detonated Gunpowder Keg can start a blaze, ships struck by lightning can become a raging experience in a storm and of course The Devil’s Roar is now an even more treacherous place – watch out for those volcanic rocks!
- Grab a Firebomb! – Spawning in barrels across the world, these fire-filled flasks are the perfect way to start a blazing inferno and are added to your resource inventory. You can equip these with the throwable radial or keybind and throw them at other players or skeletons to set them alight, but the real magic comes from loading them into your cannons. When fired from a cannon they can set other ships ablaze!
- Pirates on Fire! – Being set on fire sounds great, right? Well, it’s not. It’s all hot and will make you want to dive headfirst off the jetty. But while you’re on fire, you can run around like a headless pirate and set other players and even skeletons on fire – so it does have its perks!
- Ships on Fire! – So your ship has just a little fire on the top deck – no need to panic, right? Wrong. When a ship is on fire it will slowly spread if not dealt with quickly. Grab a bucket of water and douse the flames before they spread. If fire reaches certain areas of your ship it could destroy your wheel, wreck your capstan, bring down your mast and even put holes in your ship!
- Skeleton Ships on Fire! – Skeleton Ships are not impervious to the effects of a firebomb fired from a cannon. Load up, fire upon on the Skeleton Ships and watch the chaos ensue!
- Gunpowder Kegs on Fire? – Firebombs, ship fires and even campfires can now be used to ignite a Gunpowder Keg, causing them to explode instantly.
- Protect Antonio! – Pets clearly don’t appreciate feeling hot under the collar, whether it’s your ship on fire or the effects of a rogue firebomb – your companion will now flee for safety!
- Poor Larry – So, you’re midway through your Merchant Alliance Voyage with a ship full of livestock, and a fire breaks out; you need to deal with that fire before your ship turns into a floating BBQ. But at least you can restock your food barrel if you’re a little slow dousing the flames. Wild pigs, chickens and snakes caught by a rogue firebomb will also cook on the spot, crates or not. Nothing is safe!
- Protect the Cargo! – Rum cargo crates can now be damaged when they’re in fire or when carried by a player who’s on fire.
- What’s That Smell? – Absent-minded pirates be warned, cooking on a ship is now a little more treacherous. Leaving food burning on the stove for several minutes is now guaranteed to set the ship on fire!
- Water Barrel? – There is now a handy water barrel on each ship. Head to the middle deck of the Galleon or bottom deck of the Brigantine and Sloop to find it! Run up to it and interact, pumping some water into the barrel so you can grab it for your bucket to help deal with those fires.
- Douse Yourself! – Players now have a secondary action on the bucket, enabling them to tip a full bucket of water over themselves to put out a fire.
- Superheated Water – While superheated water has been around since Forsaken Shores, players have never been crazy enough to want to collect it. Players will now find they can scoop up superheated water in their bucket and hold onto it, throwing this at other players will scald and damage them!
Prepare for a more intense Arena experience! With changes to the core mode, expect more battling as crews fight it out over the chance to earn that precious silver. All that competition can earn you new Commendations and rewards with the introduction of the Triumphant Sea Dog set. Why not customise parts of your ship and sail into battle in your own style?
- Arena Maps and ‘X’s Change – When you are given maps, you will only ever be given 1-3 maps. The number of ‘X’s per map has also been slightly decreased, although there still is a tiny chance to get a rare jackpot number of ‘X’s. This means there will always be fewer islands with treasure than crews, encouraging ships to come together and compete over limited resources.
- Arena Spawn Point Changes – In line with the increased likelihood that there will be fewer maps to choose from, we have replaced several ‘clock face’ layout starting points with fairer layouts, as these could feel unfair in a one map scenario.
- Stocked with Firebombs – Looking to cause some havoc in The Arena? Ships will be stocked with firebombs for those pyromaniacs on your crew, and respawning ships will even receive a restocked supply!
- Arena Ship Customisation – You will now see a ship customisation chest in the Sea Dog Tavern where you can customise your ship’s wheel, cannons, capstan, and figurehead for the next contest. Your team colour will still be represented on the sails, hull and flag so that you can see rival crews.
- Time for Some New Rivals? – When you’re back in the Tavern following a contest, you now have the choice to matchmake with the same rivals as before or vote along with your crew to find a new set of rival players. This needs to be a majority vote from your crew with the voting being displayed at the top left of your screen.
- Triumphant Sea Dog Commendations and Rewards – A new wave of Commendations is coming to the Sea Dogs Trading Company. These Commendations require players to represent the Company and don the Glorious Sea Dog outfits in order to progress, rewarding the new Triumphant Sea Dog cosmetics. Check them out in the Sea Dogs Reputation tab.
- Sea Dog Reputation and Rewards – After the successful Arena Weekend, the Sea Dogs are feeling even more generous. Crews fighting in The Arena will now earn more reputation and gold upon completing each contest!
- Glorious Sea Dog Rewards – The Glorious Sea Dog cosmetic set is now complete! Head to the Sea Dog Tavern stores to find the Glorious Sea Dog Boots, Belt, Eyepatch, Trousers, Pegleg and Dress all locked behind the Captain of Silver Waters Commendation.
- Portable Ammo Crates – Portable Ammo Crates can now be found washed up across the Sea of Thieves. These can hold a stack of 50 ammo for your guns and can be carried to the Ammo Chest found on your ship or on an island to restock the Ammo Crate supply.
- Interactive Campfires – Players can now build and light campfires found on islands across the Sea of Thieves. You’ll need wood in order to rebuild a campfire and your ingenuity to light it. Once lit, you can cook away to your heart’s content, as long as you keep it supplied with wood – but be warned, the smoke emanating from a campfire can be seen by other crews. Protect that Splashtail!
- Collector’s Chests in Gold Hoarder Riddles – Players will now be rewarded with a Collector’s Chest that contains gold and artefacts inside once they complete any Riddle Quest. This change allows us to increase the rewards players get for completing Riddle Maps to bring them more in line with the rewards players receive for completing X Marks the Spot Voyages. Gold inside the Collector’s Chest can be taken immediately and is awarded to the whole crew, but any artefacts found inside are vulnerable and need to be returned to your nearest Outpost!
- Emergent Collector’s Chests with Rewards – Players have been scouring the world and uncovering Collector’s Chests, washed up on beaches and even hidden in shipwrecks. Those empty Collector’s Chests will now be packed full of rewards, with a chance to find a range of valuable reward items and even gold that can be collected straight from the chest into your crew’s wallets. They can even be found in Forts, Skeleton Ships, Krakens and Megalodons. Head out there and hunt them out!
- Emergent Skeleton Captain Rewards – Ritual Skulls can now be rewarded from Skeleton Ship battles, therefore will no longer be found when defeating an emergent Skeleton Captain. Their Skeleton Orders will still lead players to a range of high-value rewards.
- Fort Collector’s Chests – Collector’s Chests packed full of rewards and gold have now been added to the vaults of Skeleton Forts. The Fort of the Damned even receives a full Collector’s Chest with a range of valuable rewards in addition to all the previous Fort rewards!
- Fort of the Damned Key – The Fort of the Damned Key will now be tracked on the map for all players to see.
- Gunpowder Skeleton Movement – Gunpowder Skeletons have had their movement speed slowed down to be a little more forgiving to those unaware of their presence. But these hissing threats are still to be feared, so as soon as you hear that fuse light – run!
- Who Equipped That? – When inside the Shipwright Chest, if another crew member has equipped a ship cosmetic you will now see that cosmetic in your inventory grid in addition to the preview pane confirming that a member of your crew has applied it.
- Stocked Rowboats – Check that Rowboat storage carefully, as Rowboats can now spawn with goodies inside!
- Showing Off – When holding a pet, ‘showing’ them will now have a range of actions they can perform!
- Particle Effects Quality – A new graphics option has been added for PC players: Particle Emitter Quality. This will enable players to increase the quality of some particle effects such as ship fire and water spray, typically by increasing the number of particles spawned. However, it can affect both CPU and GPU performance.
As always there’s a ton of fixed issues and a few other updates, so head over to the full notes if you need more info.