Loads has modified in Sea of Thieves since Uncommon’s shared world pirate fantasy first set sail in March 2018. Due to a sequence of main content material updates within the first 12 months – together with the game-changing Anniversary Replace – and a latest dedication to common month-to-month updates, the sport has grown and developed at a scale that few different service-based video games can match. Even higher, all content material has been added free of charge!
To have a good time the sport’s second anniversary, listed below are 38 of the largest issues which have been added over the previous two years. When you’re but to strive the sport or haven’t performed for some time, be sure you soar in by attempting it out with Xbox Sport Go or shopping for the sport on the Microsoft Retailer or your native retailer. Sea of Thieves’ uniquely horizontal development system means that you would be able to set sail once more at any time and never be at a drawback in opposition to different gamers.
1. Tall Tales
Tall Tales are Sea of Thieves’ distinctive tackle a story-driven marketing campaign, providing cinematic quests throughout the recreation’s emergent shared world. The primary assortment of tales, Shores of Gold, take gamers on an epic adventure in quest of a misplaced island and magical treasure, whereas latest additions ‘The Seabound Soul’ and ‘Coronary heart of ’ inform an entire new story. Out there to solo gamers or crews of any dimension, there are eleven Tall Tales in whole which ought to preserve you occupied for as much as 30 hours.
2. The Enviornment
Added as a part of 2019’s mega Anniversary Replace, The Enviornment is a standalone aggressive recreation mode that lets crews battle it out in fixed-length contests described by Eurogamer as “superb, consequence-free PvP carnage”. The Enviornment additionally options its personal Buying and selling Firm – the Sea Canines – with which you’ll earn repute and rise in rank, along with its personal social area and beauty rewards.
3. The Megalodon
The sport’s first Megalodon – assume Jaws on steroids – was added to the sport in its first main content material replace, The Hungering Deep. This fearsome big shark was an emergent risk that would assault ships at any time, with rewards for crews who may defeat it. It was later adopted to the Sea of Thieves by many harmful Megalodon variants, together with uncommon species just like the legendary Shrouded Ghost.
. The Satan’s Roar
The Satan’s Roar is a wild and harmful world area that was added to the sport with the Forsaken Shores content material replace (splendidly delivered to life by actor and comic Matt Berry). This world area is stuffed with pure perils together with volcanoes, lava, geysers and superheated water. So harmful is The Satan’s Roar that its Ashen treasures ship sizeable gold and repute beneficial properties when cashed in.
5. Skeleton Ships
The introduction of Skeleton Ships in July 2018 modified the sport by permitting gamers to interact in ship-to-ship fight exterior of PvP. These fearsome sea-based threats could be discovered crusing beneath the ship-shaped cloud, and might burst from beneath the waves with out warning to ambush unsuspecting pirates. Sink them and take their treasure!
6. Fog Offering the ‘Shrouded’ little bit of November 2018’s Shrouded Spoils content material replace, fog introduced each ambiance and gameplay depth. Exploring islands in thick fog provides a further layer of risk and complexity, whereas intelligent captains can use the swirling mists to cover their ships from different crews…
7. Maiden Voyage
The Maiden Voyage is a tutorial that goes the additional mile. Set simply exterior Sea of Thieves’ shared world, the Maiden Voyage is the proper alternative for brand new pirates to search out their sea legs in a secure area. And whereas it’s excellent for brand new gamers eager to learn to play, it additionally presents loads for extra skilled gamers together with an opportunity to satisfy the Pirate Lord himself and earn some unique cosmetics.
The addition of fireplace turned up the warmth on gamers when it was added to the sport final November. Fires could be began by firebombs, offended Chests of Rage or by way of much less aggressive means, corresponding to leaving meals on the ship’s range unattended. One factor’s for positive, had a huge effect on the sport and proved that Alfred Pennyworth was proper when he noticed: “Some males simply wish to watch the world burn.”
9. Numerous pretty emergent loot
Again at launch, discovering treasure may very well be a tough enterprise. However as of late the Sea of Thieves is positively awash with loot, with Barrels of Lots (floating barrels of bonus treasure), emergent Skeleton Captains, elevated shipwreck loot, Mermaid Statues and their invaluable gems, treasure maps in barrels, extra washed-up treasure and rewards for defeating the Megalodon, Kraken and Skeleton Ships.
Folks requested. And requested. And requested some extra. In order a part of the Anniversary Replace, Uncommon added an enormous fishing mechanic to the sport that gives hours of distraction from epic adventuring. There are 10 most important kinds of fish, every with their very own variants, a few of which may solely be caught in particular world areas with the precise bait and situations. You’ll be able to prepare dinner and eat fish to revive well being, or money them in with The Hunter’s Call Buying and selling Firm discovered at any Seapost. Sea of Thieves’ fishing was the highest-rated expertise in PC Gamer’s article ‘Which PC recreation has the very best fishing?’.
11. The Hunter’s Call Buying and selling Firm
Headed by the lovable Merrick (of The Hungering Deep fame), The Hunter’s Call is a Buying and selling Firm that rewards gamers for catching and cooking fish or meat. Distinctive amongst Buying and selling Corporations in that its representatives are situated at Seaposts reasonably than Outposts, The Hunter’s Call presents a extra leisurely path to Pirate Legend standing.
12. Cargo Runs
Launched to the sport again within the Forsaken Shores replace, Cargo Runs are a twist on the usual Service provider Alliance quest. Acquire and ship invaluable cargo to varied areas throughout the Sea of Thieves, each on time and in good situation, for a good-looking payday.
13. Legends of the Sea
Sea of Thieves’ world has at all times contained Easter eggs that remember the tales of our most legendary gamers. Umbra’s sidequests, launched in January 2020’s Legends of the Sea replace, provide gamers the possibility to earn Commendations and Doubloons for monitoring down the tales behind these inspiring and entertaining participant immortalisations.
14. Fort of the Damned
Raiding Skeleton Forts has at all times been a vital a part of the Sea of Thieves expertise, however the Fort of the Damned is a standout encounter. Launched in time for Halloween 2019, this spooky Fort represents a significant improve on the raid expertise, each by way of problem and reward. Not like different Forts, the Fort of the Damned could be activated on demand by crews who wish to unlock its treasures many times.
15. Gunpowder Skeletons
First got here skeletons. Then skeletons with weapons (together with snipers and cannoneers). However issues obtained critical as soon as the skeletons of the Sea of Thieves found that Gunpowder Barrels additionally make very efficient weapons. Growth!
16. Stronghold Kegs
Out there by way of raiding Forts, Stronghold Kegs are Gunpowder Barrels that make a very huge bang (colloquially often known as “mega-kegs”). These uncommon gadgets command a excessive value from the Service provider Alliance, or they can be utilized as devastating weapons in opposition to all method of enemies…
17. Reaper’s Chests
Reaper’s Chests are high-value chests discovered emergently in shipwrecks throughout the Sea of Thieves, and reveal their location by way of a mysterious beacon that rises as much as the sky. However beware – as soon as a Reaper’s Chest is recovered, different crews will be capable of see on the map that you’ve this invaluable reward and might hunt you down.
Each pirate wants an animal companion. The Pirate Emporium, added to the sport in September 2019, introduced with it a variety of lovable pet parrots and monkeys, with extra sorts nonetheless to come back. Out there in numerous breeds and hues, pets may also be dressed up in costumes for added hilarity. These furry and feathered sidekicks are a vital addition to any crew.
19. Greater than 100 new emotes
Emotes have at all times been a well-liked manner for gamers to specific themselves, however the addition of the Pirate Emporium has seen greater than 100 new emotes added to the sport. From the basic “we’re flying” emote impressed by a sure sea-based film to the notorious “Crab Dab”, there’s one thing for each pirate and each state of affairs.
20. Cursed Cannonballs
Launched to the sport as a part of July 2018’s Cursed Sails replace, Cursed Cannonballs are highly effective weapons that may be discovered emergently on the earth. Every of the eleven kinds of Cursed Cannonballs imparts a strong, time-limited impact on an enemy, from making them dance to rendering their cannons impotent.
Not solely did the Anniversary Replace deliver fishing and searching to the sport, it introduced cooking to legions of hungry pirates. Meals could be cooked utilizing the range aboard each ship or at campfires. As soon as completely ready, cooked meals could be eaten to revive well being or offered to The Hunter’s Call for a premium.
22. The Bilge Rats
The Bilge Rats are an unofficial Buying and selling Firm who arrived in Sea of Thieves in summer season 2018. Devoted to celebrating a pirate’s lifetime of adventure exterior the normal Buying and selling Corporations, Duke and his motley crew give gamers a variety of standard sidequests which may unlock extra rewards and cosmetics.
Generally it may be Sea of Mates, because of the Alliance function that lets two or extra crews crew as much as enhance the percentages and share the rewards. Excellent for pirates trying to earn loot in a rush, and an effective way to satisfy different gamers and make pals.
24. Creator Crew
With its emphasis on participant freedom and creativity, Sea of Thieves is a vastly watchable recreation. The Creator Crew is a programme which helps budding streamers and YouTubers get seen, providing asset packs, alternatives to have work shared throughout official channels and ‘How To’ tutorial s for bettering content material. What’s extra, there’s additionally the possibility to unlock unique beauty gadgets by finishing creator challenges. Go create and share your pirate tales!
One other function that was launched within the Cursed Sails replace, the Brigantine is a ship kind made for 3 gamers. Extra agile than a Galleon however boasting considerably extra firepower than a Sloop, Brigantines quickly grew to become a participant favorite.
Initially launched within the Forsaken Shores replace as a software to take care of the superheated waters of the volcanic Satan’s Roar area, Rowboats are excellent for pirates trying to transfer round extra loot than they’ll carry or sneak up on bigger ships undetected. Racing them may also be enjoyable!
27. The Harpoon
Each ship – and even some Rowboats – now come geared up with harpoon weapons. These helpful instruments can be utilized in a lot of methods, from plucking assets out of the water to creating a pointy flip round an island. They may also be used to steal treasure from unsuspecting pirates in what has grow to be identified throughout the group as a ‘zoink’.
28. Doubloons and the Black Market
The arrival of the Bilge Rats on the Sea of Thieves additionally launched a model new forex which may very well be earned for finishing time-limited occasions, a variety of sidequests or by unlocking sure Commendations. As soon as earned, invaluable Doubloons could be exchanged for uncommon cosmetics by way of the Black Market, or used to purchase favour with the primary Buying and selling Corporations and degree up sooner.
Dotted across the Sea of Thieves, Seaposts are mini-Outposts. They provide crews an awesome alternative to top off on assets, plus you’ll discover merchants who’ll promote a wide range of cosmetics at a reduction. Seaposts are additionally residence to The Hunter’s Call, so that they’re the place it’s essential go to promote fish and meat.
30. Chest of Rage
Added not too long ago in February 2020, the Chest of Rage is the newest Cursed Chest to be discovered throughout the recreation. These uncommon and invaluable chests are crammed with fury which vents itself commonly if not saved cool, making this a high-risk (however high-return) merchandise which may additionally double up as a strong weapon…
31. Collector’s Chests
Initially launched as a part of Tall Tales: Shores of Gold, Collector’s Chests – chests that may be opened and can maintain no matter treasure you set in – have not too long ago been added as rewards for fixing riddle quests. What does that imply? Extra loot!
Tucking, you say? What on earth is that? Allow us to clarify. Pioneered by a number of high-profile streamers, ‘tucking’ in Sea of Thieves includes utilizing emotes corresponding to sleeping and sitting to cover aboard different gamers’ ships (the emote hides the gamertag above a participant). Opening up a stealthy – to not point out hilarious – new method to play the sport, tucking was formally recognised by the addition of a variety of cover emotes to the Pirate Emporium (certainly one of which is on the market to gamers free of charge).
33. Expanded ship customization
Having a cool-looking ship is without doubt one of the greatest elements of Sea of Thieves. Each pirate takes delight in how their vessel seems, plus a ship’s visibility from distance implies that it’s your calling card on the earth. Because the Shrouded Spoils growth, gamers can now decide all components of how their ship seems together with the sails, figurehead, hull, capstan, cannons, wheel and flag. Get customising!
34. Skeleton selection
Whereas the principal risk on land for pirates stays skeletal in nature, the risk has expanded by way of the addition of a variety of skeleton variants – corresponding to Gold, Plant, Shadow and Ashen – that every pose a unique problem. What’s extra, you’ll additionally run into Skeleton Captains (and their crews) all over the world, and should even encounter a fearsome Skeleton Lord…
35. Talking Trumpet
The Talking Trumpet is a helpful software for anybody trying to talk with one other crew. Sort of like a pirate-themed megaphone, the Talking Trumpet amplifies the space over which voice and textual content chat could be heard by different crews. Excellent for speaking with different ships with out getting too shut (simply in case).
36. Throwable weapons
Throwable weapons provide extra fight selection and are available two most important flavours. Firebombs, because the identify suggests, explode on impression and set to something and anybody within the neighborhood. Blunderbombs are nearer in type to a grenade, dealing harm to (and knocking again) anybody of their blast radius.
One other new recreation function added simply this March, chainshot is a brand new ammo kind that may be loaded into cannons and used to take down one other ship’s mast. Bringing extra tactical depth to ship-to-ship fight, there’s nothing extra satisfying than felling one other ship’s mast in a single shot.
38. One other 1200 gamerscore
Final however not least, the ever-expanding amount of content material in Sea of Thieves has additionally meant the addition of tons of of recent achievements and one other 1200 gamerscore to play for (making a complete of 2200 in all).
And there’s extra! We haven’t even talked about fight enhancements, new musical devices and extra shanties to take pleasure in, tons of of additional beauty gadgets, a wealth of recent Commendations or the numerous ongoing high quality of life enhancements throughout all areas of the sport. Go to the official Sea of Thieves web site to see extra concerning the newest updates, and for the newest on all issues Xbox keep tuned to Xbox Wire.
See you on the seas!