Sea of Thieves is an exploration-based pirate game which relies on emergent experiences. While the title launched as a somewhat barebones title, it's now become so much more due to time-limited events. However, that's not where Sea of Thieves' story ends. On April 30, the game gets its long-awaited "Anniversary Update" which adds cooking, fishing, harpooning, single-player quests, and much more. It has the chance to completely revamp the title, and a lot of gamers are excited to get their hands on it.
Aside from new enemies, locations, and a competitive arena, the Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition includes the following features. Keep in mind, the base game will still get the Anniversary Update if you play it through Xbox Game Pass. You just won't get the cosmetic items.
- Immersive story experience.
- Dedicated mode for competitive play.
- Expanded world and threats.
- Fishing and cooking.
- Includes the free Sea Dog Pack.
The Anniversary Edition costs $50, so it's quite a steep price. You can purchase the base game for much less on Amazon, but you won't get the Sea Dog Pack. Sea of Thieves relies on cosmetic items to make you stand out even though it doesn't include microtransactions. If you love collecting gear, purchasing the $50 version is probably something you want to consider.
The Anniversary Update features "The Arena," "Tall Tales: Shores of Gold," and "Hunter's Call Trading Company." The Arena is a new and highly-competitive player vs. player multiplayer experience. The matches feature sailing, shooting, and looting into fixed-length play sessions where rewards are given not just for success, but for the havoc you wreak along the way.
Tall Tales: Shores of Gold is the first set of Tall Tales which provide narrative-focused adventures taking place within the shared world. They can be enjoyed by crews and solo players alike. In Shores of Gold, pirates will assemble the mythical Shroudbreaker artefact, seeking to use its power and reach a mysterious island filled with riches.
Lastly, the brand-new Hunter's Call Trading Company focuses on quests relate to fishing, cooking, and hunting. You also have the ability to interact with the world in new ways such as harpooning and expanded ship damage.
Are you interested in Sea of Thieves again now that it's getting so many new features? Will you play it through Xbox Game Pass or purchase the Anniversary Edition? Let us know.
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