Sea of Thieves gets permanent skeleton ships, improved barrels, and more with latest update

Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves (Image credit: Microsoft)

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.

Today, Executive Producer Joe Neate detailed some of the changes coming to Sea of Thieves with today's patch. The more prominent additions have to be permanent "Skeleton Ships" and "Cursed Cannonballs". You can read about all the major additions below.

  • Skeleton Ships can now be found in the world. If you see a cloud that looks like a ship, expect to partake in some deadly battles with an undead crew. Just like Skeleton Forts, other players may join you or hinder your progress.
  • Barrels have multiple types of items inside them now.
  • The "Cursed Crews" event adds Cursed Cannonballs which are extremely powerful.
  • The "Reaper's Mark" shows you on the map and marks you a target.
  • Chances of finding crates and their payouts have been increased.
  • The controller sensitivity has been doubled to make it easier for some players.

It's great to see Sea of Thieves get aggressive post-launch support from Rare. What started off as a barebones adventure has now become an expansive open world pirate game. We can't wait to see what the future holds for the experience.

You can either buy Sea of Thieves for $59.99 through retailers like Amazon, or play it for free if you subscribe to the $9.99-a-month Xbox Game Pass service for Xbox One.

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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.