Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update adds fishing and story quests

Updated March 28, 2019: Pets and the ability to toggle cross-play on or off won't be added until after the Anniversary Update hits.

Sea of Thieves is an exploration-based pirate game that features great sailing mechanics, but the open-ended plot doesn't appeal to everyone. You have to find your own path as it mostly relies on emergent experiences. Over the past few months, developer Rare has promised numerous changes to the game — from combat to quests — and through constant updates, has managed to turn it around. Recently, Sea of Thieves even became the most-viewed game on Twitch.

For many months, players have been asking Rare to add story-based quests, harpooning, fishing, and other features to the game. While the team has promised to look into this, it wasn't confirmed until today. This morning, the developer said that all of those features, and more, were coming to Sea of Thieves with the Anniversary Update on April 30.

The Anniversary Update brings two major additions to the world. A new competitive mode called "The Arena" will pit pirates against other crews in search of loot. Additionally, Rare announced "Tall Tales," a story-rich collection of quests players can experience on their own or with a crew. The first Tall Tale is called "Shores of Gold," and invites players to embark on an epic adventure of love, honor, and betrayal in search of the mythical "Shores of Gold."

As you can see from the trailer, fishing is also going to be part of the experience come April. While the single-player quests sound phenomenal, let's be honest, all of us wanted fishing. Are you excited for the Anniversary Update? Let us know.

Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.