Today, developer Rare released the "Shrouded Spoils" update for Sea of Thieves. Not only does the download add fog, but it also adds roaming skeleton crews, enhanced customization, shark species, and much more. It's great to see that the team is aggressively supporting the game months after launch. You can read the complete list below.
- Thick fog can make it difficult to navigate. You need to use the crow's nest to avoid obstacles like giant rocks and islands.
- Roaming skeleton crews can now emerge from the depths for their own adventures. You can choose to engage in battles with them or avoid them. You aren't forced to take them on if you don't want to. Choice seems to play a major role in this update.
- There will now be skeleton sloops and galleons roaming the world. However, even the smallest ship presents quite the challenge so you have to be careful.
- More "Skelton Forts" have opened up and they have unique rewards like bone dust chests and potent gunpowder barrels that are three times more powerful than the regular variety.
- New "Megalodon" shark species now inhabit the waters. Defeating these glowing or colorful creatures gives you numerous rewards. Just like the skeleton crews, you can avoid them if you aren't up for a battle.
- The "Kraken" squid can now attack all ships and is even harder than before. Defeating this monster also rewards you with unique treasure. Even if you defeat a tentacle, you'll get some loot.
- Destroying underwater mermaid statues now gives you special gems like sapphires and rubies.
- Enhanced ship customization now allows you to change the look of other aspects of the ship like the wheel and cannons. Some of the cannon designs are quite ornate with lion heads.
- There are new "Commendations" and "Titles" to strive for, especially if you're already a "Pirate Legend."
- Certain Xbox Achievements will be easier to earn due to balancing changes and lowered requirements.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the title, 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 had focused on developing Kinect games for Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Sea of Thieves is currently available for $59.99 through various retailers, but it's free for Xbox Game Pass subscribers. The title runs at native 4K resolution on Xbox One X. The game started off as a rather barebones experience when it first launch, but due to excellent post-launch support, Rare has managed to turn it around in a dramatic way.
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