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More of what’s coming on July 17th… Dev Update Videos
I summarise, you read: Black Powder Stashes: July 17th. “It’s going to be very explosive.” Duke will send players around the world to collect merchant creates, gunpowder barrels and stronghold barrels. What else is coming in the update? “A range of areas” have received some additional balancing: The Hunter’s Call will have increased rewards The Skeleton Lords have been better tuned for various crew sizes Megalodons have been better tuned for various crew sizes Megalodons generally” have been tuned so you’ll see more “distinct behaviours” Cursed cannonballs have received balancing “Upped the rewards for exploring” More details on all balancing…

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Black Powder Stashes: July 17th. Dev Update Videos
A summary: Black Powder Stashes Black Powder Stashes will be “the first of a regular set of activities coming to Adventure”. The event brings a new activity with its own motivations and incentives, along with cosmetics and commendations. Joe mentioned the previous Reaper’s Run Mercenary Voyages as an example of how the BPS will work, although different in its own way. With this in mean, we can safely assume these will be Mercenary Voyages, with similar set ups for voyage format, commendations and any titles and cosmetics that may be included. The Dev Update video thumbnail surely offers a hint…

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A new Adventure “activity” soon + Shelley rocks! Dev Update Videos
This week’s summary: Capstan Damage In this week’s dev update Joe returns to give the studio’s thinking on the updated capstan damage change. In last week’s game update the ability to drop a ships anchor by hitting the capstan with a cannonball was removed. This lead to some interesting feedback and discussion around the change. Many felt it went too far in removing the tactical ability, in Arena especially. Others felt it opened up some much need fluidity to the ship to ship combat. In Joe’s words, the original functionality “really didn’t fell right for the flow of ship battle……

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E3 and looking forward. Dev Update Videos
Joe returns after an E3 break to recap the inclusions and changes in the latest release, reminisce about E3, and look forwards to the next year. Notes of interest: From the latest update: Letters of recommendation for Sea Dogs and Hunter’s Call. Shores of Gold commendation fixes, and other small Tale Tales tweaks. Updated Arena matchmaking after each match. Capstan damage no longer drops the anchor – “we’ll see how that plays out in the wild”. Some Tall Tales localisation is being worked on for French and German, will be fixed in an upcoming update. Notes from E3: Joe reconfirmed…

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8.1 million fish. Dev Update Videos
Joe ‘The Talent’ Neate is finally back with another dev update. You can watch the whole thing above, but if you’re pressed for time here the notes of interest: The Anniversary Updated landed really well – credit to the dev team and Insiders program. Some edge-case bugs effecting the completion of some Tales are being worked on. A bug that effected a pirate’s features has been fixed; effected users can get support through the normal channels. For Arena, a fix will land soon that match-makes into the Tavern, rather than into in-progress matches. Rare are aware that some teams are…

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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….

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Mouse and Keyboard support is on the way. Dev Update Videos
Notes of interest: The Gold and Glory weekend awards double gold and double rep. March 20th will bring a trailer for the Mega Update along with a confirmed release date. More details about the Mega Update will come via a series of live-streams. Another game update will come March 20th too, bringing: New Mercenary Voyages, replacing the existing voyages (including the Reaper’s Run voyage and time limited cosmetics) Mouse and Keyboard support for console Xbox chat-pad support Removal of the “weapon equip” delay after a sprint

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Game update incoming on March 6th… Dev Update Videos
Notes of interest: The next game update is March 6th. Miss sword swings will incur a delay penalty. Bugs with blocking have been fixed. More balancing may come with small tweaks in future updates. New Mercenary voyages (plural!). One voyage forces you to fly the Reaper’s Mark. The current Mercenary ship cosmetics will leave the game on March 6. Pioneers will become an opt-in program with this update (functionality will be turned on after March 6th though).  The Mercenary clothing and equipment will come into the game to be purchased with gold – this will be in a future update…

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More Mercenary Voyages are on the way. Dev Update Videos
In this week’s dev update, Joe confirms what he broadly discussed on Major Nelson’s podcast last week, about bringing more Mercenary Voyage variations into the game as a way to drive interesting player behaviour without a huge amount of dev overhead (while the studio works on bringing out the big stuff). Here’s what Joe said about Mercenary Voyages during that show: We brought in Mercenary voyages [with the latest update]. You go to Duke in the tavern, and there’s one voyage in there at the moment […] but that’s just the first one to celebrate Friends Play Free. As we…

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Cross play controls are coming for console players. Dev Update Videos
In a dev update today that covered reporting and banning toxic behaviour, and some background on the thinking behind the the upcoming weapons balance (with a detailed breakdown of the changes coming in next week’s dev update), Executive Producer Joe Neate covered another topic that has been a long standing point of discussions among Sea of Thieves players: cross play. Joe has confirmed that, in the lead up to the public release of The Arena, console players will be able to opt out of cross-play in both Adventure mode and The Arena. Sea of Thieves is a cross play title, and…

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“What I do have are a very particular set of skills.” Dev Update Videos
Notes of interest: A wave of bans have gone out for a “very small amount” of players who have been cheating. “We will find you, and we will ban you.” A new update will come on February 6th. As part of the update players will need to re-download the full game again, however the overall game size is much smaller (roughly half or less). As well as general quality-of-life improvements, streamer mode, double-gun fix, and combat tweaks/improvements are also coming in the Feb 6 release. There’s a “fun little thing” planned for the release too, but they’re not ready to…

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Double gun will become undone. Dev Update Videos
Notes of interest: The key next step for Arena is to get it into the Pioneers testing program to start getting feedback. Rare want to grow and build Arena with Pioneers before it goes out to a wide release. The double-gun exploit has become more prevalent recently. The effective “one-shot” nature of the current usage was never the intended design. A fix will be coming “to one of our game updates”. A setting to disable gamertags will be coming in the next update (useful for streamers). The “Recent Players” view on Xbox has been buggy and will be in the…

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Reviewing 2018. Dev Update Videos
A long update from Joe today as he takes a look back at 2018. Joe covers the tie leading up tot he launch of the game, what launch was like, how the team felt about how the game was reviewed, and much more. He also says “moment in time” a lot! It’s a great look back at the year from his point of view, and worth a watch for any Sea of Thieves fan.

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Too Shrouded, Two Spoils. Dev Update Videos
Notes of interest: The feedback on Shrouded Spoils has been great. Feedback on the release will be monitored over time, for example: Frequency of forts, krakens Difficulty of the Devil’s Roar, maybe rock accuracy has been turned down too far? The Bone Crusher cannon design will be tweaked for better visibility when manning the cannons. Because the changes to some of the achievements have been made without any prior notice, and some players were still trying to reach them, any player who reaches the new achievement thresholds by December 14th 2018 will get the Overachiever sails. More on that here….

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‘The Talent’ rambles about Shrouded Spoils. Dev Update Videos
Obviously this one is all Joe talking about Shrouded Spoils. There’s not much of note here that’s not already in the Release Notes or the Content Update video. It’s worth a watch though – enjoy!