Sea of Thieves news and updates: what’s new on the Sea of Thieves

It’s now possible to create friend-only crews in Sea of Thieves! Rare has now updated the game to include the ability to choose between open and closed crews. Now if one of your friends drops out of your four-person crew, you can say that you don’t want the game to automatically fill the space with a player you don’t know.

With closed crews you can choose whether you want to start on a galleon or a sloop, no matter how many of you are starting the game, so that this leaves room for other players to join when they’re ready and make the numbers up to four.

Rare has said that it hopes to add the ability to change your crews permissions mid-game, as well as add the option to make a session completely private by preventing more friends from joining.

On March 20 2018, Rare’s sandbox multiplayer pirate adventure Sea of Thieves was unleashed on the world. After a lot of hard work the developer now has, well, more hard work. Being an open-ended online service game, Sea of Thieves will be subject to plenty of updated and improvements throughout its lifetime.

What’s new in Sea of Thieves?

Rare has released the latest patch (1.0.6) for Sea of Thieves and it’s a relatively big’un captain.

This patch brings cosmetic items into the game’s shop. Specifically, players will now find more sets in the game store. There are seven new clothing ranges such as Executive Admiral, Ruffian Sea Dog, Imperial Sovereign, and Rotten Bilge Rat. Different outfits will be available at different regional outposts, though Rotten Bilge Rat will be available everywhere. If you’re more interested in your ship than your outfit, there are also four new ship cosmetic options too.

Those looking for new weapons will find more ranges available at weapon shops now, and there’s also a limited edition Eye of Reach sniper rifle available for the next couple of weeks to celebrate the game’s one month anniversary.

Outside of these new customization options, this patch also fixes some crash issues, a range of bugs, and finally ups the speed with which you’ll respawn from the Ferry of the Damned. You can read the notes in full on the official Sea of Thieves page.

Mid-May has seen the introduction of a long-promised feature : friend-only crews. Rare has now updated the game to include the ability to choose between open and closed crews. Now if one of your friends drops out of your four-person crew, you can say that you don’t want the game to automatically fill the space with a player you don’t know.

With closed crews you can choose whether you want to start on a galleon or a sloop, no matter how many of you are starting the game, so that this leaves room for other players to join when they’re ready and make the numbers up to four.

Rare has said that it hopes to add the ability to change your crews permissions mid-game, as well as add the option to make a session completely private by preventing more friends from joining.

What’s coming up in Sea of Thieves

As we go into the month of May, Rare says players can expect to see the beginnings of some new content being introduced.

The first big content update will be called The Hungering Deep and it will see the introduction of a brand new AI threat which, the post says, players will have to “work together to discover and defeat.” Alongside this, there will be a new items, new mechanics and a few unique awards.

It’s not entirely clear what the new AI threat will be but given players will need to discover it we’re imagining another mythical monster similar to the Kraken. Perhaps something like the Aspidochelone, a giant creature which is often mistaken for an island? Or the devil whale hunted in Moby Dick?

May will also bring about a live events schedule which will introduce “fun new ways to play with weekly events and rewards.” And it’s expected the ability to hand crewmates items like plans of wood, cannon balls and bananas to make the team play more fluid will come not long after this.

May won’t, of course, be the end of the updates and Rare gave a glimpse of what is planned for the summer months. One update called Foresaken Shores will introduce an entirely new though “perilous” area to the world with another new AI enemy. Cursed Sails is another update which will bring about a new AI threat (could we finally see The Flying Dutchman?) with a brand new ship type for players.

There’s no sign of what this ship type could be but we wonder if it could be something capable of carrying more than four players (a Man o’ War perhaps?) for crews that are of a mind to expand.

Though Rare hasn’t revealed everything that will be added in its future updates, we do know that it’s planning to introduce the game’s cosmetic microtransactions at this time, which will include pets to purchase.

As far as long-term plans are concerned, Rare apparently intends to add new guilds for a wider-variety of missions at some point and also extend the end-game for those who eventually achieve Legendary Pirate status.

How can I play it?

Sea of Thieves is now available on PC and Xbox One. It’s possible to purchase the game outright, but you can also pick up an Xbox Game Pass subscription where the entire game is included.

If you’re not sure whether Sea of Thieves is for you, picking up a Game Pass trial for free and playing the game for a short time through it is a good way to find out.

The game is not a port for PC or Xbox, it works equally on both and supports cross-play. While the console version has locked frame rates of 30fps, the PC version’s are unlocked. Mouse, keyboard and controllers are all supported across console and PC.

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