Sea of Thieves reaches over 10 million players, new free content available on January 15

Sea of Thieves Pirate Legend
Sea of Thieves Pirate Legend (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

What you need to know

  • Sea of Thieves has now crossed over 10 million players.
  • It's now the most successful new IP from Xbox this generation.
  • To celebrate, some free content will be available starting on January 15.
  • It's available in Xbox Game Pass (opens in new tab).

Today, Executive Producer at Rare Joe Neate announced (opens in new tab) that Sea of Thieves has crossed 10 million players. Neate naturally noted that reaching over 10 million players under two years after release makes Sea of Thieves the most successful new IP from Xbox this generation.

The previous milestone was 8 million players, which Sea of Thieves reached back in June 2019. Before that, it reached 5 million players in August 2018. To celebrate this success, Sea of Thieves is getting some free content in the January 'Legends of the Seas' content update, which is meant to have the community of players at the center. As part of this update, players will be able to grab a custom sail and emote starting on January 15 through January 22.

Sea of Thieves first released in March 2018. Since then, it's received several massive content updates and expansions, adding new foes, features and even storylines in the form of Tall Tales as part of the Anniversary update, all for free. There's also a new paid Emporium where players can grab custom emotes and pets.

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  • Neate fails to note that 8 million of those players are incompetent fools that serve no benefit to you or your crew.
  • And I am one of those 8 million.
  • Congratulations to Rare. Biggest Xbox new IP this generation. Well done.
  • Definitely. Way more exciting than the current overrated boring timed exclusive walk-simulator game that came out not too long ago.
  • Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this XBox's only new IP this generation? Ah, nevermind, I just remembered Sunset Overdrive. Man I want a sequel to SO so bad.
  • It's Sony's now.
  • MS own the publishing rights to Sunset overdrive. And Quantum Break. Quantum Break was MS best new IP before Sea Of Thieves.
  • This game was such a huge disappointment. I played at launch for a few days and hated it. People just kill you and sit at spawn to kill you over and over. Haven’t played it since, but at that point it was unplayable. I assume it still is. What a shame they didn’t have a PvE mode.
  • No actually you've missed out big time. You should give it a new go. It can be played solo but is much better with friends.
  • PC Gamer awarded it Best Ongoing Game of 2019. You assume it is still unplayable? It is one of the biggest success stories of this generation!
  • Yeah, how much the developers turned the game around in one year is incredible.
  • You have the ability to adjust your spawn on death if you are experiencing griefers now.