Sea of Thieves Season 5 arrives Dec. 2 with Cannon Rowboats, fireworks, and much more

Sea of Thieves Find Kraken
Sea of Thieves Find Kraken (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

What you need to know

  • Sea of Thieves lets you live your wildest pirate fantasies in a vibrant open multiplayer world, and it's continually growing in scale.
  • A new overview trailer from Rare and Xbox Game Studios details what players can expect from Sea of Thieves' next content update.
  • Sea of Thieves: Season 5 will introduce a ton of quality-of-life improvements, new features, and a new Plunder Pass for players to discover and enjoy.
  • Sea of Thieves: Season 5 officially arrives on Dec. 2, 2021.

Sea of Thieves has continued to evolve at an impressive rate since its initial debut, with Rare and Xbox Game Studios refusing to take their foot off the pedals. On Monday, Rare dropped a brand-new trailer for Sea Thieves, which provides a comprehensive overview of what's to come in this chaotic pirate simulator in its Season 5 update. As it turns out, players have a lot to look forward to with Season 5, as Sea of Thieves is getting graced with a plethora of new features, quality-of-life improvements, and much more.

Sea of Thieves: Season 5 looks to be a sizeable update, with lots of smaller tweaks and updates that make it much easier to roleplay as the ultimate pirate in-game, as well as sizeable new features to make your inevitable pirate adventures even more exciting. Those who love to earn rewards and customize your pirate and ship can take advantage of a brand-new Plunder Pass, as well.

Some of the highlights of Sea of Thieves: Season 5 include:

  • Cannon Rowboats. The new Cannon Rowboat is exactly as the name suggests: a standard rowboat with a cannon strapped to the front. When stashed on your ship the Cannon Rowboat can provide additional firepower, but it can also fare pretty well on its own as a lightweight attack vessel.
  • Burying your loot. You can now take treasure chests and bury them in the sand anywhere you want, stashing it away and keeping it safe.
    • This creates a custom treasure map to help lead you back to your buried treasure
    • If you want, you can share your custom treasure maps with over Sea of Thieves players through the new Quest Boards. If another crew uncovers your buried treasure, you'll also get rewarded (including lots of Renown)!
  • Fireworks and flares. You can now employ the cannons on your ship for a new purpose: fireworks displays. These fireworks look amazing, and come in lots of varieties. However, you can also fire a variety of flares from your ships, either to provide additional light on a dark night, warn nearby players and crew of impending danger, and more.
  • Sitting and sleeping. A lovely quality-of-life update, players can now sit in Sea of Thieves wherever a chair is available (including the Captain's Chair!). You can also sleep in beds to regain health over time.
  • 100 tiers of fresh rewards. The Plunder Pass is getting refreshed with 100 tiers of brand-new rewards, which are still free for all players. There are also new premium awards available.
  • Other improvements. Some of the other new features and changes include:
    • Using the Speaking Tool backward to whisper to nearby players instead of yelling
    • Festive items and ship decorations
    • Plenty of new emotes and ways to express yourself in-game
    • A huge number of quality-of-life updates and tweaks to make the game easier to play
    • And much more!

Sea of Thieves now has over 25 million players, and is still worth playing in 2021 if you haven't experienced it yet. Thanks to the constant support and attention from Rare, Sea of Thieves has quickly become one of the best Xbox games for multiplayer fans.

Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

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