“I feel like you can lay the blame at my door.”
Not long after Shrouded Spoils arrived, Rare coder James Thomas hinted that he’d tell the story of why the Mermaids were removed from the game for Forsaken Shores, and how they made their way back in. One day (probably this week) I’ll reveal the petulant tale of how I held these mermaid statues hostage until they were given a purpose. — James Thomas (@BIGsheep) November 28, 2018 Later that week James dropped some fantastic behind the scenes info, which gives some great insight into how the team at Rare are developing Sea of Thieves. We’re reproduced the thread here: James…
Improvements to how Forts stack behind Skelly Ships are in the works.
Since the end of Cursed Sails, and the introduction of the fort-like Skeleton Ship encounters (signified by the cloud ship), you will have noticed that Skull Forts no longer activate until the Skelly Ships are cleared. Because the payouts for defeating the fleet captain were initially half what they were during the event (they’ve since been increased), pirates have been much less likely to tackle the Skelly Ships, meaning a huge reduction in Forts activating overall. Senior Producer, Drew Stevens, dropped by one of the many Reddit threads discussing this topic to shed some light on the situation. Hey Everyone, I’ve…
See what those now-familiar islands looked like as low-poly placeholders.
In October 2017 Michael Barclay, from Naughty Dog, started the Twitter hashtag #Blocktober with the goal of showcasing the rarely seen stages of game development where rough versions of objects and mechanics are put into action, giving devs an idea of how those systems play together. Luckily for Sea of Thieves watchers, Design Director, Mike (Chappers) Chapman, joined in the festivities by sharing some screenshots and information from early in the development of the game. Read on to sea Snake Island like you’ve never seen it before! Mike Chapman: Time to get involved with #Blocktober! Here’s one the first islands that…
Getting’ horny wit it.
I lovely nod from Playground Games to Rare.
Get a look at those sweet, sweet cosmetics.
The Sea of Thieves website was just updated with their dedicated Forsaken Shores page. There’s not really any new information there, but it sure is nice to see all those delectable cosmetics on show. One important note: Cargo Runs voyages on behalf of the Merchant Alliance are due to drop into the game on “Week 3” of Forsaken Shores, so you can expect that to land around October 10-11th. If you feel like having a reminisce, you can also check out The Hungering Deep and Cursed Sails web pages too. Them were the days.
EGX panel with Shelley, Mike, Joe, John and Craig from Rare.
Talks & Panels
Some of the team from Rare sat down at EGX to discuss what it’s been like to build Sea of Thieves, then take questions from the audience. It’s worth watching the whole thing above if you’re interested – but, if you don’t have time, here’s some notes of interest: Forsaken Shores: Geysers destroy skeletons. Forsaken Shores: During Cargo Runs, carrying plants partially obscures your view making them difficult to handle. Tease: Shelley mentioned they’re currently “cooking up some new stuff for the future”. Six ships per server was always based more on the experiential aspect rather than performance. It’s something…
Its a good time to buy.
Sea of Thieves rarely goes on sale, but now is one of those times! The Microsoft Store has the digital, Play Anywhere version of the game on sale for 35% off, across all regions, until September 25th 2018 October 1st (ish). That’s USD $39 / AUD $65 / GBP £32.50 / EUR 45,50 € …etc. LINK! With the Forsaken Shores update coming at the end of next week it’s a great time to take the plunge (get it?). Of course, if you’ve yet to try the game, you can always get a 14 day free trial of Game Pass to dip your…
Kids sea posts sometimes…
Coming in the Forsaken Shores update, and new to the Sea of Thieves, are Sea Posts. Sea Posts are mini-outposts with one trader. Think of them like a bargain store: they’ll carry a handful of random cosmetic items that the major outposts stock, but will sell to you at a discount! Additionally, the new merchant quests, Cargo Runs, may start or end at sea posts. There are a couple of sea posts in each region, including Devil’s Roar, so from September 19th remember to keep a close eye out for these isolates trading posts when you’re sailing the seas. You…
Battle Royale? Battle Royale???
Talks & Panels
Notes of interest from the Q&A section: Q: If you square your sails into the wind you sail faster. Mike: I think we should look into that… Q: Why is there a brig on the sloop? Mike: The reason why the brig is there… it may we have a function on the sloop in the future. In terms of level design we needed to earmark space on the sloop. Other reasons to brig players in the future we may be considering as well. Q: Have you thought about implementing a bounty system? Mike: Yes, quite a lot actually, we even prototyped…
Watch the show LIVE to acquire the Huntress figurehead, and get a sneak peak of Forsaken Shores.
Inside Xbox is almost upon us. If you missed out on getting the Huntress Figure head by attending SDCC, or via the Sea of Thieves shop, you can still get your hands on it before it drops into the game for everyone around the 20th of September. Watch Inside Xbox live from gamescon today August 21 at: PDT – 7:30am EDT – 10:30am BST – 3:30pm AEST – 12:30am (22nd Sept) Ensure you log in to Mixer with the same Microsoft/Xbox account you use to play Sea of Thieves. Don't forget to tune into Inside Xbox tomorrow live from Gamescom for…
And the 1,000 crate achievement may change too.
Update , 13 August 2018: Rare’s PC Design Lead, u/justteddii, has now confirmed that “Step 1” of a three step improvement to supply crates will be coming with the next Bilge Rat Adventure: The first change going in to our … next Bilge Rat event (almost accidentally revealed the name then!) … will contain increased drop rates and payouts for all three resource crates; cannonballs, wood and bananas. Think of this as step 1. Step 2 will be an effort to rebalance the commendations/achievements, with plans for Step 3 being a “bit grander” in scope. If you’ve been reading Sea…
Will the next Bilge Rat Adventure feature a PVP bounty mechanic?
Updated, 23 August 2018: We now know the next Bilge Rat Adventure is called Cursed Crews. There is indeed a PVP focus as commendations will centre around ship combat with cursed cannonballs. The Reaper’s Mark is a special flag; by raising it you’ll broadcast your location on the map of every other ship on the server. Updated, 16 August 2018: As per this Developer Update video, the next Bilge Rats Adventure will bring Cursed Cannonballs into the world. Commendations will be earned based on how you use them, and who you use them on. This addition will add a “lot of value…
Dance while you sink, pirate.
Skeleton Ship battles will indeed remain in the Sea of Thieves after the Cursed Sails event. Whether they’re there immediately afterwards, or a few updates later (like the return of the Megalodon’s children), we shall see. Senior Producer, Drew Stevens, re-re-re-confirmed this after being asked about it on Reddit: We have these awesome server-wide Skeleton ship battles, of course we want to keep them! We’re working on how these exist in the emergent world along with the frequency of all our other threats, but expect to still be able to encounter these epic multi-wave sea battles. Stevens also re-confirmed that cursed…
Rolling out to servers.
During the Cursed Sails event, some players have found that Skeleton Ships spawn with no crew, allowing free roam of the ships as well as a less than challenging ‘battle’. A fix to this issue is rolling out to servers directly. Comment from discussion Rare-Sonicbob’s comment from discussion "Rare, you need to do something about this.". Via: Reddit.
I feel so emote-tional <3
Over one million of you have formed Xbox Live friendships through #SeaOfThieves. If that's not cause to celebrate #InternationalFriendshipDay, we don't know what is! We expect many more friendships to be formed via Alliances, read about them here: https://t.co/zFDeRs01iu pic.twitter.com/EggNhMYe1T — Sea of Thieves (@SeaOfThieves) July 30, 2018