Last week, Rare promised to introduce a host of new features to Sea of Thieves soon, and that patch is finally rolling out to Xbox One and PC players. Today's 400 MB update brings with it open and closed crew, resource sharing, numerous bug fixes, and much more.
Updated May 16, 2018: Following a high number of reported "AllmondBeard" errors, Rare has announced emergency maintenance on Sea of Thieves is underway. Following this maintenance, open/closed crews and invisible underwater Gamertags will be removed temporarily.
The most prominent changes are listed below. You can read about the new features and bug fixes separately.
- Players now have two crew type options available to them. Open crews work the same way you're used to. Closed crews allow a player to begin a game, allowing friends to join in when they're available. Eventually you'll be able to switch between open and closed crews on the fly.
- You can now share items with players by holding out resources.
- When swimming, Gamertags and titles are no longer visible to encourage stealth gameplay.
- The Imperial Sovereign Blunderbuss, Pistol, Sails, Hull and Liveries are now available to purchase at the Ancient Isles.
- New sound effects for close fire and reloading the Flintlock Pistol.
- Prices for the Castaway Bilge Rat weapons and liveries have now been reduced. Those who already bought them will be issued refunds for the difference.
- The chances of finding more valuable rewards has been increased.
- Some icons and health bar animations have been modified.
- Players should no longer experience details of their pirate looking different from their initial selection.
- Players should no longer experience delayed achievements and commendations.
- Cannonball, wooden plank, and banana crates no longer always spawn empty.
- Frame rates will now be more consistent during ship battles, sword fights, and Kraken encounters due to optimizations.
It's great to see that the team is listening to players and implementing meaningful changes. Hopefully the updates will include a lot of content so that it brings players back and keeps them engaged.
Sea of Thieves is an exploration-based pirate game which launched on March 20, 2018. Rare is known for many famous franchises including Banjo-Kazooie, Conker, and GoldenEye. However, in recent years, the team focused on developing Kinect games for Xbox One and Xbox 360. This was a curious decision, so when Phil Spencer became Head of Xbox in 2014, he assigned Rare a new project. Sea of Thieves is a shift for the developer and a concept the team hasn't tackled before.
Keep an eye on WindowsCentral.com/Gaming for all the latest in Xbox and Windows 10 gaming, accessories, news, and reviews!
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
PS5 games prices are higher than Xbox — but is that a good thing?
Sony's PlayStation 5 reveal came with some big caveats, and one of the most overlooked ones is the fact that games will be more expensive, seemingly across the board. Should Microsoft and Xbox jump on that train as well?
Review: Gigabyte's Z490 AORUS ULTRA is a gorgeous Intel motherboard
Gigabyte's Z490 AORUS ULTRA is a motherboard you should consider for a 10th or 11th Gen Intel-powered PC. On paper, it has plenty going for it, including amazing power design and cooling, passively cooled M.2 slots and good overclocking support.
You can get the Windows 10 October 2020 update early – here's how
In this guide, we'll show you the steps to upgrade your computer to the final release of the Windows 10 October 2020 Update before it's officially available to everyone.
Up your Fortnite game with one of these great headsets
So you want to up your Fortnite game, do you? One of the easiest fixes is getting yourself a good headset. Whether you play on PC, console or mobile, there's something here for you.