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Sea of Thieves Release Notes - 2.6.2Sep 29, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsAs one Adventure ends and another starts to take shape over the horizon, today’s update ushers in a fresh bunch of fixes and adjustments to improve your experiences on the Sea of Thieves, alongside a fearsome refresh of Pirate Emporium stock. But first, for Captaincy context, remind yourself of Season Seven’s key features with this trailer... With everyone on the same page, let’s proceed with a breakdown of what’s being delivered in this latest update. Banshee gear, balancing adjustments, Captaincy settings and cosmetic corrections await! Pirate Emporium Dread is the watchword for this new Emporium update, as the tale of the broken-hearted Bleakheart Banshee takes life in an eerie new ship set, costume, tankard and weapon bundle. Alongside that, the Season Seven Plunder Pass is still on offer to boost rewards as you build Renown... Season Seven Plunder Pass Anyone wishing to take full advantage of Season Seven rewards can still buy the Plunder Pass. Any rewards unlocked will become available upon purchase, so players who have raised their Renown throughout Season Seven can instantly see their hard work rewarded before the Season ends. This Season’s Plunder Pass offers early access to the complete Beachcomber’s Bounty ship set and the evolving Baleful Bloom Costume, and can be purchased at any time through the Pirate Log, Pirate Emporium or Steam Item Store.Bleakheart Banshee Ship Collection Browse the entire Bleakheart Banshee Ship Collection. Premium items such as the Collector’s Figurehead and Sails are separate purchases outside the main Ship Bundle. Players can also pick up just the core components of this set at a discount in the form of an Essential Ship Bundle.Bleakheart Banshee Costume Dress as a grim spectre from Sea of Thieves legend, whose devotion to a love lost at sea led to an afterlife spent seeking retribution. Players can also perform the Banshee Cry Emote while wearing this costume.Bleakheart Banshee Tankard This tankard was supposedly used in the ritual that transformed a heartbroken bride-to-be into a vengeful spectre. Don’t worry, it’s been rinsed out since then.Bleakheart Banshee Weapons In this bundle are four carefully restored weapons, salvaged from the ash and ruin of a gothic ghost story.Freebie Skull Crusher Emote Show those skellies exactly what they’ve got coming to them with this freebie emote.Banshee’s Bait Bundle (Store Only) Available from Steam Store, this bundle contains the Bleakheart Banshee Costume, Weapon Bundle and Tankard, along with 550 Ancient Coins to spend in the Pirate Emporium and a free 25,000 gold bonus for use in the Outpost shops! Head to the Steam Item Store to find out more.Furtive Fox Bundle (Store Only) Available from the Steam Store, this bundle contains 550 Ancient Coins, an Auburn Fox, the Hide and Peek Emote Bundle, Hunter clothing for your pirate (Hat, Jacket, Trousers, Belt and Boots) and a free 10,000 gold bonus for use in the Outpost shops! Head to the Steam Item Store to find out mo...A Look Back at Season Seven Community DaySep 23, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsAs pirates aplenty work to unearth Ancient Treasures for Belle in our latest Adventure ‘The Sirens’ Prize’, and yet others discover the surprising truth behind a mysterious murder, September 17th stood on its own as a day for players to put the stresses and strains weighing down on the Sea of Thieves to one side and set sail with one simple thing in mind: community. Well… community, gold, reputation and Ancient Skeletons if we’re being honest, so four things were on their minds. Okay, and talking like a pirate due to some very serendipitous timing with real-world calendar events, so five, five things were on our pirates’ minds and we’ll stop there before a specific group of inquisitors turn up unexpectedly. But before we get into the day itself, let’s start our Voyage of Community Day highlights with a quick glance at recap rock for the uninitiated. Over there, it’s off the port side. As you can see, Sea of Thieves Community Days happen once during a Season, and during these days we offer our pirates the opportunity to boost their in-game rewards by sharing some of that passion we all have for sailing the Sea of Thieves. They do that by using the #SeaOfThievesCommunityDay hashtag on Twitter, spreading the love and pushing up through five ranks of our Community Emissary Grade as they collectively make more and more noise. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/5697960c20ca5c0aa9fce1f1df5f879c02928ebd.jpg There was an extra-special treat on offer at Grade Five this time around, as reaching that top Grade would see a surge of Ancient Skeletons spawning across the seas for the rest of the day! With the prospect of Ancient Coins at your hook-tips, along with ample boosts to gold and reputation, the maximum Grade was hit in a record-breaking four hours and 44 minutes! Fine work indeed… Not that this was the only thing worth setting sail for. Our official merch outpost offered exclusive goods and a 30% discount, as it’s done every Community Day thus far. The Gilded Phoenix Hull was given away via Twitch Drops. Setting sail during the day earned you a lovely chestnut-coloured flag with which to broadcast your amiable aims, no matter how many Gunpowder Barrels you had secretly stashed. We served up not one, but two appropriately elocution-based emotes over an extended period to mark Talk Like a Pirate Day, the Arrrgh! and Ranting Rogue Emotes. There were even special fireworks! But that’s enough about what you got, our tour is entering the statistic surf so let’s talk about what you did. A day for the record books seemed to be on everyone’s minds, with scoundrels of all styles smashing the totals achieved on our last Community Day. Party pirates guzzled 880,868 grogs to the tune of 2,075,861 instruments, presumably while toasting the 1,318,615 fireworks launched (we’re sure your throats have recovered from all your appreciative articulations by now). {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/f368fd1b244c07b96c10076c7b0d3be1acf6a0a9.jpg Elsewhere the sounds of combat rang out, oft...Reclaim ‘The Sirens’ Prize’ in Sea of Thieves’ Seventh Adventure!Sep 15, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsDeep below the surface of the Sea of Thieves, the coral-crusted Sunken Kingdom has always been a place of mystery and wonder – not to mention great dangers. September’s time-limited Adventure, ‘The Sirens’ Prize’, will challenge players to navigate its undersea labyrinths and treacherous shipwreck spires in search of stolen treasures. The object of your quest: three Ancient artefacts required for a mysterious ritual that will empower the Pirate Lord’s allies to stand their ground in the face of an upcoming resurrection. These relics were claimed by the Sirens as trophies long ago, and will be jealously guarded against any intruders from the surface world. Fortunately, this is not a journey you’ll need to undertake alone... {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/7fe97cf15ea29485929630582a61b32f05eaf831.jpg Sink Your Watches Whispers of strange sightings at Plunder Valley stretch far beyond mere rumours. Representatives of the Ancients, who inhabited the Sea of Thieves countless generations ago and whose influence can still be felt today thanks to their many ruins, traps and curses, have recently begun to take an interest in the affairs of their former homestead. For the first time in untold years, they are making their presence known. Pirate Legends who’ve conquered the Legend of the Veil Voyage will already know that the Ancients can be formidable fighters. In ‘The Sirens’ Prize’, crews with enquiring minds (and a talent for holding their breath) will get the chance to spend more time in the Ancients’ company, learning much about their motives and the eventual fate of a truly enigmatic society. Assembled the Rite Way Once your foray into aquatic archaeology has been completed, the stage will be set for a ritual high atop a stormy cliffside, reuniting the treasures at last. This supernatural spectacular will light up the horizon and is bound to attract attention from Flameheart’s followers, along with anyone else who’d rather see the Pirate Lord remain an underdog in the battles to come. If you’re new to this continuing conflict between the allies of Athena’s Fortune and those who serve The Reaper’s Bones, fear not – the latest in our series of Adventures Ahead articles will bring you up to speed on a story that most recently detoured into the Sea of the Damned. Once you’re in the know, you’ll be more than ready to plunge into ‘The Sirens’ Prize’ by speaking to Larinna at any point between now and September 29. The Sirens are waiting for you... {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/cb9d69155ea3f30c22a6372991223c0c81c7d0e4.jpg Find Out More For more information on the latest Sea of Thieves update, including full release notes, visit the Sea of Thieves website. This update is available for free to all Sea of Thieves players who have bought the game on Steam. Simply download and install the latest Sea of Thieves update to get access. New to Sea of Thieves? Find out about the latest free content updates on our What’s New page, get familiar with Who’s Who or pick up some g...Sea of Thieves Release Notes - 2.6.1.1Sep 15, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsAs Season Seven continues, the team have been working on the next time-limited Adventure along with additional fixes based on feedback from the community. We’re introducing more of this content to the game in today’s release, update 2.6.1.1. For more information on all the new content that arrived in Season Seven, check out the launch release notes! Adventures Merrick may be free from the Dark Brethren, but other threats persist across the Sea of Thieves – and Belle has now made a deeply unsettling discovery. Time to venture beneath the waves in search of Ancient Treasures in this seventh time-limited Adventure! ‘The Sirens’ Prize’ (September 15th – September 29th) Belle has been on the trail of a particularly disturbing rumour, and has unearthed information about an approaching “Time of Resurrection”. Fearing the worst, she decides new alliances must be made and sets a plan in motion – a plan that will once again require the most fearless pirates to join her cause. Speak to Larinna to begin this new Adventure, before heading to meet Belle at Plunder Valley. Then prepare for an undersea journey through well-defended Siren Shrines, seeking invaluable artefacts from an age long gone... Pirates who fully complete this Adventure will earn an exclusive Title and a cosmetic reward to serve as a Memento of their quest. Fixed Issues Captains of Adventure Milestones Players reaching Class 50 in any Pirate Alignment will now unlock the achievement entitled A Professional Pirate. Players who had already reached Class 50 in an Alignment prior to this update will just need to raise the Class again to trigger the achievement. Players reaching Class 50 in any Ship Alignment will now unlock the achievement entitled A Seasoned Ship. Players who had already reached Class 50 in an Alignment prior to this update will just need to raise the Class again to trigger the achievement.Pirate Emporium When browsing the Pirate Emporium, the Mandrake Costume now shows the correct artwork. Known Issues Legend of the Veil Shipwreck Graveyards Temporarily Disabled Following reports of server instability and potential economy impact, crews taking on a Legend of the Veil Voyage will temporarily no longer find themselves directed to a Shipwreck Graveyard as part of their Voyage. The team are working on a resolution and intend to return this experience in a future update.Saved Ship Customisations Not Persisting Captains may find that saved customisations such as ship liveries and decorations do not always persist between sessions.Reduced Server Performance Players may experience scenarios where they encounter ping spikes at random while playing, resulting in rubberbanding or client stutters. While improvements were most recently released in update 2.5.3, the team continue to work on further improvements for future updates.Ranged and Melee Weapon Hit Detection In areas of intense action, players may find themselves firing shots or landing strikes that do not cause damage to their tar...Adventures Ahead: ‘The Sirens’ Prize’Sep 14, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsThe cannons have silenced, the portals have closed and the Veil of the Ancients has once again been hidden away. Thanks to the valiant efforts of pirate crews willing to venture into the Sea of the Damned and save Merrick, the Dark Brethren have been routed and their plans left in disarray. Belle insists that Merrick knows more than even he realises, and while it’s still not clear what information the Brethren hoped to gain from their pugnacious prisoner, his interrogation appears to have been interrupted just in time. But where does all this leave our luckless Hunter – and who else might have taken advantage of recent events to further their own schemes? Shark Tales Merrick’s more familiar than most with the many perils of the pirate’s life, having lost several limbs in a mighty battle against a terrifying Megalodon aboard his ship, the Killer Whale. (His eye, conversely, was claimed by a particularly aggressive parrot, but that’s not a story he tells as often.) This reckless streak caused no end of domestic strain between Merrick, his spouse Serik and their extended family, but reconciliation proved possible when Merrick settled down at a Seapost to represent The Hunter’s Call and live out the rest of his days as an unassuming trader. At least until Belle came calling… Time spent sailing alongside the old salt during the events of ‘The Shrouded Deep’ has convinced Belle that Merrick either knows, or gleaned from their conversations, more than he should. It was certainly knowledge worth killing for, as the Dark Brethren tasked Amaranta with ending Merrick’s life and casting him to the Sea of the Damned, where her cohorts were waiting to ensnare him. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/e74fed7519220adb34c8f1f1a5d9e7b0263b2101.jpg Bar Brawling Unwilling to let Merrick’s secrets fall into the wrong ears, the Pirate Lord was convinced to make use of the Veil of the Ancients – a powerful relic that Merrick himself had helped to recover. With it, he opened passage into the Sea of the Damned, allowing courageous crews to set sail and lay siege to the Dark Brethren’s new hideout: a warped and twisted manifestation of the Sea Dog Tavern laced with devious mechanisms. It’s never been harder to order a grog. By taking control of nearby beacons and using them to light a path, Merrick’s benefactors made it to the summit and forced a frustrated Warsmith to withdraw empty-handed. Yet with her parting shot, she swore that the Brethren would torment Merrick and his loved ones for as long as he lived. So for his family’s sake, Merrick decided not to board the Ferry of the Damned and regain his flesh-and-blood form, choosing to shun the mortal coil and leave his family behind. Taking pity, the Pirate Lord has since arranged accommodation for the spectral Merrick that keeps him well out of harm’s way – although, so far as the larger Sea of Thieves is concerned, the forsaken fisherman never did make it home. One question remains, however: where, in the midst of this daring ...Sea of Thieves Round-Up: August 2022Sep 12, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsAnother Season! Sunny number Seven took its time in arriving, but when it did it was a big one, delivering on the Captaincy fantasy that many players have been holding out for since launch. Whether you've been finding your favourite Trinkets or pursuing other achievements in our humble pirate game, we hope you've been doing it with commitment, charisma and only the classiest of ship names announcing your approach. Content Update The Season Seven update made landfall on August 4th, making possible all the perks of Captaincy including Ship's Crests and interior customisation, Captain's Voyages, Logbooks, Milestones, the services of the newly arrived Sovereigns and plenty more. The release notes in all their scrolltastic detail can fill you in on the whole deal, along with new features outside the Captaincy feature set (like the portable stools which arguably deserved to headline a Season of their own). But lore waits for no pirate, and the sixth time-limited Adventure 'A Hunter's Cry' soon swooped in to span the second half of the month, sending pirates on a smash-and-grab mission into the Sea of the Damned to disrespect the Dark Brethren and bring back Merrick. Which sort of worked out for him in the end, especially after some mid-Adventure tweaks to smooth the way for his would-be rescuers. At the same time, developments in the Mystery of DeMarco's death were gathering speed, with clues from a wrecked ship seeming to point the finger at a shocking suspect, before a series of visions retrieved from skulls brought about another twist in the tale – so how much of the story that pirates have been told is really true? Find out soon as the final revelations unfold... News and Features News stories naturally followed a similar pattern throughout August: the Season Seven launch article and Xbox Wire post at the start of the month, then the Adventures Ahead article setting the scene for 'A Hunter's Cry' and a Wire post of its own on launch day. A thoughtful feedback-driven rebalancing of Milestones also earned its own article in the week after launch. But the real world also began to rudely interrupt in August as in-person gaming events picked up pace again, with a Sea of Thieves contingent setting sail (they may have actually flown but that's less on-brand) to Germany for Gamescom 2022. There was a formal schedule and everything, and many photos were taken for your entertainment. We even had bespoke T-shirt designs made for the crew and for anyone else to order if they fancied one for themselves. To accentuate enjoyment of the game in other ways, the second Sea of Thieves novel Heart of Fire settled onto slightly scorched shelves at last, more music from the game was released in the form of 'Captains of Adventure: Sunrise', and Fangamer also magicked up some new piratey finery. Plus there was a trio of new Spotlight articles inviting you to meet more of your fellow seafarers: artsy meme queen Nomezilla, story-loving Spanish streamer NateaCuiki and long-t...The First Style of Thieves Contest is Here!Sep 10, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsIt’s time to suit up and get ready for the first Style of Thieves Seasonal competition with our handy rundown of everything you need to know. Read on to find out when you can enter, what the first set of themes will be and how to cast your vote. Plus we have some top tips on taking the best screenshot that might just help you win some fancy new gloves! How It Works The contest will run in three phases: Theme Announcement Each Season, we'll unveil four themes to inspire your outfit choices. We recommend getting started as soon as the categories are announced, since you won't have long to send us your screenshots! To pick an outfit you can contemplate your current clothing collection, raid the equipment shop or work through Renown levels ahead of each submission date so you're ready to snap and send when the time comes. Get Your Photos In! Each theme will have its own set submission day to enter, giving you 24 hours to ensure you share your screenshot using @SeaOfThieves and #StyleOfThieves on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, or through the pirate-fashion channel in the official Sea of Thieves Discord. Be sure to include the name of the theme you’re entering in your post. Some rules and tips for composing the perfect shot: No all-in-one Costumes on the catwalk – we want to see your creativity and individuality. Unless a theme calls for it, all shots should be solo snaps, not crews. Additionally, only the pirate in the picture will be eligible for the prize. Find a simple or plain background to pose against, let your outfit pop! Toggle off your HUD for that clean finish. Keep your screenshots true to the game – there should be no editing or filters used. Cast Your Vote Our crew will shortlist their favourite entries in each category, then share them in a Twitter thread on the voting day allocated to that theme. Then it’s time for you to cast your votes, hitting like on your favourite shot, with the three most liked entries taking the top spots. We’ll announce the winners both on our social platforms and right here in an update to this article. Up for grabs are the Fashionista's Finery Gloves, a must-have accoutrement for any model marauder! We will award three winners per theme, for a total of 12 pairs of gloves handed out per contest. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/05d48d9c3f47f43204449fccbdf425ec4ac621a7.jpg Season Seven So now that we’ve mapped out the process, it’s time to unveil the inaugural themes and dates for your diaries! The entry period for each theme will start at 10am UTC and run for 24 hours. Captaincy Entry date: September 20th, 2022 Voting date: September 27th, 2022 Gold Entry date: September 21st, 2022 Voting date: September 28th, 2022 Spooky Season Entry date: September 22nd, 2022 Voting date: September 29th, 2022 Cosplay Entry date: September 23rd, 2022 Voting date: September 30th, 2022 Remember: a single day to submit your shot for each theme, then in the following week, a single day to vote for your favourites from each theme’s sho...Season Seven Community Day Set for September 17thSep 2, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsBuckle up, pirates! The next Sea of Thieves Community Day has been marked in the schedule, and it’s set to be an absolutely storming celebration of piratical antics and community creativity. It’s coming up quickly on the horizon, too – kicking off at 10am UTC on Saturday, September 17th and lasting a full 24 hours. And it’s nestled into the heart of wider Talk Like A Pirate Day celebrations taking place across a long weekend, meaning that there’s even more than usual up for grabs! As always with our Community Days (just check out Season Six and Five’s efforts), we strive to go bigger and better every time – and this one’s especially glittering, with the promise of some significant shinies to capitalise on throughout the course of the day’s events. So, now you know when it is, let’s get into what’s involved… Herd Community Alright folks, you know the drill. But if you don’t, we’re here to recap it for you anyway. As we have done for the last couple of Community Days, we’re putting in-game rewards in your hands: all you need to do to make yourself herd is use #SeaofThievesCommunityDay on Twitter from 10am UTC on the day, and you’ll contribute to raising the overall Community Emissary Grade. As with our in-game Emissary system, there are five Emissary Grades for keen corsairs to climb – with the final Grade unlocking a sweet multiplier that gives everyone two-and-a-half times the amount of gold and reputation for their loot! As the usual Gold Rush periods are switched off for the day’s celebrations, once that final Emissary grade is unlocked, you can hand in for maximum value whenever you like – no need to hoard it. Season Seven’s Community Day will also have a generous fixed boost on Renown for players wanting to power through Season Seven’s 100 levels of progression and unlock all those rewards, so there’s lots to play for! A Megaton of Skeleton It's not just gold, reputation and Renown ready for the taking on this special day, either. Once you fine folks hit that fifth and final Community Emissary Grade, you’ll also inspire a surge of Ancient Skeleton spawns. Yes, that’s right: for the first time ever, we’ll be standing ready to actively increase the number of Ancient Skeletons clinking around the Sea of Thieves! Pirates on our seas will see a notable increase in these Ancient Coin-dropping creatures scurrying around island shores as soon as that final cumulative Grade is hit – so when it’s live, make sure you keep an eye on our Community Day hub page to monitor the community’s progress towards that goal. Dis-count Us In! If you manage to score some Ancient Coins on the day, the good news is that you can make them go even further with a Talk Like A Pirate Day sale in the Pirate Emporium. From September 15th-20th, a collection of fetching premium goods will have their prices slashed for your perusal and purchasing. A whole hoard of emotes will be on sale, and for those starry-eyed pirates out there, the beautiful Lodestar Ship Bundle will also be ...Sea of Thieves Release Notes - 2.6.1Sep 1, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsWe're heading into the second month of Season Seven with foxes in the Emporium and fixes far and wide. Yes, new pets form part of our fresh Pirate Emporium offerings, while elements of Captaincy and beyond get serviced with improvements and adjustments. If you missed last month’s Seasonal debut, let the full trailer fill you in! There's still time to brush up on last month’s momentous release notes too, but if you’re already acquainted, let’s push ahead with what’s new right now... Pirate Emporium Those foxes you spotted in the Season Seven artwork have arrived! And as these new pets proliferate across the seas, the Emporium also offers a Mandrake collection comprising a ship set, costume, weapon bundle and speaking trumpet, plus emotes for Admirals and axe enthusiasts... Season Seven Plunder Pass Anyone wishing to take full advantage of Season Seven rewards can still buy the Plunder Pass. Any rewards unlocked will become available upon purchase, so players who have raised their Renown throughout Season Seven can instantly see their hard work rewarded before the Season ends. This Season’s Plunder Pass offers early access to the complete Beachcomber's Bounty ship set and the evolving Baleful Bloom Costume, and can be purchased at any time through the Pirate Log, Pirate Emporium or Steam Item Store.What Does the Fox Say? Head to the Pirate Emporium to pick up a wily new fox sidekick! These clever critters provide a perfect pirate partnership. Players can pick from five varieties of fox: Auburn, Snowdrift, Veiled, Slate or Shoreline.Mandrake Ship Collection This ship set will appeal to anyone with a green thumb and love of the eerie side of nature. In addition to the main bundle, a very snappy Collector’s Figurehead and Collector’s Sails can be purchased separately. A Mandrake Essential Ship Bundle is also on offer, including just the core ship cosmetics at a discount.Mandrake Costume Half human, half plant, all deadly – form a bond with the mysterious Mandrake plant by wrapping up in this leafy outfit. While wearing the Mandrake Costume, players can perform the Personal Growth Emote.Mandrake Speaking Trumpet Pirates swear that this bristly speaking trumpet is whispering for someone to feed it.Mandrake Weapons Every rose has its thorn, and these spiky weapons also have blades and barrels.Admiral Weapon Pose Emotes Posture like a regal Admiral by employing these efficient emotes.Axe Me Anything Emote Bundle Live out your lumberjack fantasy with a set of tricks relying heavily on axe-handling agility.Torch Twister Emote Show off your circus background and fearlessness around fire with this sizzling emote.Freebie Reluctant Wave Emote A coy little hand wave that might be covering a deep reluctance to get trapped in a conversation with someone.Beautiful but Deadly Bundle (Store Only) Available only from the Steam Store, this bundle contains the Mandrake Costume, Speaking Trumpet and Weapon Bundle, 550 Ancient Coins and a free 25,000 gold bonus for use in...‘A Hunter’s Cry’ is Sea of Thieves’ Sixth Adventure, Live Until September 1!Aug 18, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsJuly’s time-limited Adventure, ‘The Forsaken Hunter’, tasked pirates with sleuthing their way across the Sea of Thieves in pursuit of the missing Merrick, and the true culprits have now been revealed. The Dark Brethren – a collection of renegades who once tried to seize control of the Sea of the Damned – have returned to plague the waves. Now Merrick is locked away in their latest base of operations, glimpsed in all its foreboding glory during our recent cinematic trailer. That means it’s time to swap clues for cannonballs, travel through the nearest archway (with a little help from the Pirate Lord) and take the fight to the Dark Brethren in the Sea of the Damned. But pirates will be on the back foot in such strange territory, and Merrick’s captors certainly won’t surrender him without a fight… Recap of the Damned Currently, the forlorn fisherman is being held atop a twisted recreation of the Glorious Sea Dog Tavern, a reflection of one of the most mountainous landmarks on the Sea of Thieves. Reaching him will be no easy task. Pirates will need to fend off attacks from a spectral fleet while working to seize control of three lighthouses around the tavern’s perimeter, illuminating a path to the top where the Dark Brethren and their prisoner await! If all this talk of supernatural seas and transformed taverns has left you staring at your ship's map and wondering where to start, help is at hand. Our latest Adventures Ahead article is ready to educate pirates old and new about the outcasts that make up the Dark Brethren, and how recent events have seen Merrick fall from triumphant community leader to defiant captive. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/7ce61387aab0076c0b425d36833dd1c347b1e355.png Social Climbers Knowing that the doors to the Sea of the Damned must not remain open indefinitely, the Pirate Lord encourages crews to join forces during this battle, facing the Brethren together and making the task of scaling the tavern that much simpler. While a single crew with enough courage and skill might prevail, those willing to rally support through their speaking trumpets will stand the best chance of reaching Merrick in time. With no treasure to tussle over, co-operation could prove the key to success. Supplies will likewise improve the odds, so be sure to stock up around the Outpost before heading into the fray. When you decide the time is right, speak to Larinna outside the tavern to get started and then seek the Pirate Lord, who’ll be waiting down at the docks to set Merrick’s rescue parties on the right path. Bring the Hunter home, and earn an exclusive Memento of your Adventure, when you take part in ‘A Hunter’s Cry’ between now and September 1. Just remember to watch your step... {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/41866dacb767aa77775e8c6d083ed5b8cf259b4b.png Find Out More For more information on the latest Sea of Thieves update, including full release notes, visit the Sea of Thieves website. This update is available for free to all Sea of Thieves players w...Sea of Thieves Release Notes - 2.6.0.1Aug 18, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsAs Season Seven continues, the team have been working on the next time-limited Adventure along with additional fixes based on feedback from the community. We’re introducing more of this content to the game in today’s release, update 2.6.0.1. For more information on all the new content that arrived in Season Seven, check out the launch release notes! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/d9013f219b524a077a4eed12274c9059dee31cf0.png Adventures Rally your allies: it's time to take the fight to the Dark Brethren and help bring home a celebrated Hunter in Sea of Thieves’ sixth time-limited Adventure! Venturing into the Sea of the Damned is a risky undertaking even without a band of renegades lying in wait… ‘A Hunter’s Cry’ (August 18th – September 1st) Keeping Merrick captive in the Sea of the Damned, the Dark Brethren will stop at nothing to retrieve the vital information he holds. Speak to Larinna to begin this new Adventure, then approach the Pirate Lord who will use the Veil of the Ancients to open a path to the Sea of the Damned, allowing your rescue attempt to begin. To stand the best chance of success, crews should unite and rely on each other to breach the Brethren’s defences. Revealing the path to the top of the Twisted Sea Dog Tavern and overcoming the Phantom resistance will require a combination of sea and land combat, strength and agility, puzzle-solving and teamwork! The Pirate Lord can’t keep the gateway open indefinitely as threats from the Sea of the Damned will break through to the Sea of Thieves, so crews must strive to rescue Merrick quickly and efficiently. Pirates who fully complete the Adventure will earn an exclusive Title and a cosmetic reward to serve as a Memento of their quest. Captains of Adventure Ship and Pirate Milestone Balancing Following player feedback and internal review, the requirements to progress the Classes of certain Ship and Pirate Milestones have been adjusted. Read more about the changes here. Fixed Issues Captains of Adventure As Captains set sail in a new gameplay session, they will now find that the ship’s history in the Captain’s Logbook shows correct values for Gold Earned, Islands Visited and Nautical Miles Sailed. Players who experience an unsuccessful ship purchase will no longer be returned to the Ship Type selection screen. Captains can now consistently discard Voyages from the Captain’s Bookshelf. Sybil the shipwright at the Glorious Sea Dog Tavern now asks Captains to wait after purchasing supplies before additional items are offered.Insider Rewards Insiders who are eligible for the Sapphire Blade Sails will now find them in the Ship Customisation Chest. Known Issues Saved Ship Customisations Not Persisting Captains may find that saved customisations such as ship liveries and decorations do not always persist between sessions.Ship and Pirate Milestones Temporarily Disabled The following Milestones have been temporarily disabled and will not progress when the relevant actions are completed: Quest Board Ma...Adventures Ahead: ‘A Hunter’s Cry’Aug 17, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsMurderous conspiracies, covert rituals, unwisely buried instructions… Having been absent from Sea of Thieves’ ongoing story for a while, the Dark Brethren’s return to the waves brought about plenty of fresh revelations and set pirates’ tongues wagging in the wake of our (and Merrick’s) previous Adventure, ‘The Forsaken Hunter’. If you’re unfamiliar, the Dark Brethren court was first convened during the events of Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life. An assortment of villains and renegades were summoned for a singular purpose: to breach the Sea of the Damned, rouse an army of Phantoms and challenge the Ferryman’s supremacy. Had the Brethren succeeded in this ambitious act, they alone would have decided which loyal pirates were allowed to return to the land of the living, and who would be left to languish beyond the veil. Luckily for those of us who are prone to being surprised by keg-carrying skellies, the Dark Brethren were thwarted in their efforts to seize control of our resurrections. Once the battle was over, most pirates assumed that the Brethren’s ringleaders were now scattered across the Sea of the Damned in the wake of their failure, and their threat would soon be forgotten. As it turned out, most pirates were wrong. Court in the Act Though the Dark Brethren have relatively few members in the upper echelons, their names and faces will be familiar to anyone who’s spent time on the Sea of Thieves. The most influential among their number is Wanda, though she prefers to go by her Warsmith moniker nowadays. This former shopkeeper is particularly infamous thanks to her reinvention of Cursed Cannonballs, overseeing construction of The Reaper’s Hideout… oh, and that time she attempted to annihilate the Outposts with a fleet of Skeleton Ships. Happy days. He may be the most surprising inclusion in the Dark Brethren’s ranks of rogues, but having been unwittingly manipulated by various parties during his time with the Bilge Rats, Duke had become something of an outcast. His desire to get back into the thick of things ultimately led to an encounter with the Sirens, which might have ended very badly for Duke had Wanda not recognised his usefulness and intervened to bring him into the fold. It remains to be seen just how far Duke will follow his allies down their dark path, but for now he seems content to be the bad guy. Amaranta, by contrast, needed no encouragement to become the Brethren’s newest member and, ultimately, flee to their side in the wake of DeMarco’s death – though a bad habit of taunting her rivals is already causing trouble. Serving this unlikely trio are Phantoms who’ve pledged their loyalty for a chance at freedom rather than spend eternity in the Sea of the Damned, and their presence significantly increases the Brethren’s ability to wreak havoc. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/a79e8c56f2fc18d9eb9dbfac7b1633203ae787bd.jpg Staff Meetings When seeking to access the Sea of the Damned and summon forth Sea Forts for their own ends, Flameheart’s fo...A Hunter's Cry: A Sea of Thieves Adventure | Cinematic TrailerAug 17, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsRally your allies, it's time to take the fight to the Dark Brethren and help the Hunter! Our next time-limited Adventure, 'A Hunter's Cry', is live from August 18th to September 1st. https://store.steampowered.com/app/1172620/Sea_of_Thieves/An Update on Captaincy and MilestonesAug 12, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsAhoy Captains! First of all, I’d like to extend a massive thank you to all the Captains of Adventure who have set sail since the launch of Season Seven. It’s been a joy for the team to see your ship names and their stories beginning to come to life on the Sea of Thieves! We’ve also seen and heard the sentiment around the new Milestone system, so I wanted to explain the thinking behind the system and announce some changes. What is the intention behind the Milestone system? The intention of this system is to enable you to track the way you uniquely play and the things you like to engage with the most, and then give you rewards for that – letting you customise your ship to become a true reflection of your play style and journey. In terms of the overall time investment and balance required to progress Milestones, it is intended to be vastly different to Commendations or Seasonal progression in that this is long-term progression, representing your journey over not just a single Season but many. With that in mind, players should expect that Milestone progression is slower than some of the existing progression systems. Why don’t Milestones track things I did in the past? Milestones are not awarded for deeds you have already completed primarily because Milestones are designed to be a progression system specific to Captaincy – they are for actions you have completed while aboard a Captained ship, much like Pirate Legend Commendations that require you to be a Pirate Legend to unlock them. If you play on a non-Captained ship, you do not progress Milestones. In addition to this, the team have been hard at work implementing a huge number of stats behind the scenes – which has been a significant undertaking – in order to correctly track and award all these Milestones for you, your crew and your ships. We have not had the ability to track many of these actions until now, so it would have been impossible to retroactively award everything. The fairest and most consistent approach was to have no Milestones be retroactive, rather than having a mix of retroactive and newly tracked stats. When we were originally considering the system, we did discuss and carefully consider this limitation of not being able to award everything retroactively. We ultimately felt that the introduction of Milestones still has a hugely positive impact that makes Sea of Thieves sessions more rewarding over the long term, especially as we’re rewarding core content that will always be part of the experience. Why aren’t the rewards easier to achieve? Milestones never end as they are uncapped, allowing you to progress them forever; you can’t ‘complete’ a Milestone. At certain Classes, though, you can unlock rewards. In terms of the balance of where rewards lie, we have rewards that are given for the Alignment itself, meaning you can do anything within that Alignment to get them. The trophy items of Trinkets, pictures and plaques are given for specific Milestones themselves, and are therefore in...Sea of Thieves Round-Up: July 2022Aug 10, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsAfter all the excitement of June, from the final fight for Golden Sands to the first reveal of the Captaincy features you're currently enjoying, July was always destined for a slightly slower pace. Even more so when Season Seven hopped the fence into August. But that doesn't mean there was nothing going on: for a start, ghost boy Merrick's lethal assailant was at large and in need of unmasking... Content Update Yes, our fifth time-limited Adventure 'The Forsaken Hunter' ran through the first half of the month, putting major spoilers off-limits until the 14th. That said, our Who's Who section did quietly sprout a single new entry along the way, and a hotfix helped resolve a handful of impetuous issues while the Adventure was still in motion. Alongside all this, the first Sea of Thieves Mystery continued down the path of community-driven progression: with the elusive 'T' of #WhoIsT infamy finally identified and persuaded to speak up, a Sea Dog Chest was unearthed, containing a cryptic note from a dead man. A week of further sleuthing brought us to the discovery of a letter grid as Burnt Fragments began washing up across the Sea of Thieves, bemusing pirates aplenty. Another puzzle to be decoded in the name of nailing DeMarco's killer... As a new month loomed, July saw itself out with another very welcome Gold & Glory Weekend, helping to bridge the two-week gap left when Season Seven absconded into August. While this meant that searing your masterwork of nomenclature onto a Ship's Crest would have to wait, it did give those Prehistoric Plunderer cosmetics a little longer to embed themselves in Emporium history. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/6986747058a53804d56b1051b6a2a173bd2e5198.jpg News and Features Right in the middle of the month, hot on the heels of 'The Forsaken Hunter' drawing to a close, came EP Joe's announcement article on the Season Seven date change. Supporting articles consequently shimmied down the timeline, but our regular Spotlight features held steady: a Legend Spotlight on the perennially positive Anja and a Community Spotlight on Skulliah from Merfolk's Lullaby filled out July, along with the latest Spotlight Showcase on Steam, handily summarising these and all the other Spotlightees since May. And here's another lullaby: 'Elegy of the Sea', July's eminently calming addition to Sea of Thieves' streamable soundtrack. Meanwhile on the online store, the arrival of the Adventure Collection let you quickly and easily inform people which of the first five Sea of Thieves Adventures was your favourite (or confuse them by choosing the Legend of the Veil Voyage), and over on the Community Hub we hand-picked two more batches of inspirational player creations deemed worthy of the one, the only, the Hat. The one that confers Unfeasibly Glorious Fame. July also brought the announcement that in this brave new-old world of actual in-person events, some of the Sea of Thieves crew will be strutting down London's streets to attend a panel at EGX in Se...Sea of Thieves Release Notes - 2.6.0Aug 4, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsWelcome to Season Seven! We hope you’ll agree that it was worth the wait, with a pool of Captaincy features so deep that you can buy and name your own ship and still only scratch the surface. This Season also brings a steady flow of other features, from the traditional sweep of Seasonal rewards to gameplay improvements, balancing adjustments and a bumper bunch of Emporium additions. To start with, we recommend a quick soak in the official Season Seven content update video, and maybe a dip into the Deep Dive afterwards... Now pull up a stool (possibly one you stumbled across on a beach) as we detail everything added to Sea of Thieves in this latest update, from the headline features down to the smallest quality of life tweaks. Sitting comfortably? No splinters? Then let’s begin. Captains of Adventure The pirate fantasy reaches new heights with the debut of this long-awaited feature. Any pirate with gold to spare can now buy one or more ships to call their own, becoming a true Captain at last. But there’s a whole lot more than that to the Sea of Thieves Captaincy experience... Owning a Ship When starting a session, players will now see a ‘My Ships’ option on the game’s front end. Captained ships can be purchased from here, and players can own one of each ship type to begin with. Once a ship reaches Legendary status, another ship of that type can be purchased. After purchasing a new ship, Captains can give their beloved new vessel a name. Ship names are capped at 20 characters, so choose wisely! Now set sail on your new ship to unlock more perks as a Captain!Customising Your Ship Captained ships can access new ship decorations from the Ship Customisation Chest at any shipwright. Once these options are unlocked through Milestone progression, players can choose from numerous styles to apply to the table, drapes, bed and rugs, while Galleon crews can also change the chair, chandeliers and curtains. New decorations such as Ship’s Crests, Captain’s Logbooks, Ship’s Banners, Flags and Titles can also be unlocked by progressing through Ship Milestones. These can be equipped once the ship has made the required progress. Every Captained ship has a Ship’s Banner that shows the names of the ship and its Captain. This is shown whenever a crew approach their vessel at the start of each session, and is also shown after sinking. Crews scouting a fellow Captain’s ship on the horizon with a spyglass will also be shown their customised Ship’s Banner! Alongside decorations, the Captain now has the option to permanently apply customisation options to their ship. For a fee, Captains can use the Ship Customisation Chest to save a ship part, which will then persist across sessions on the current ship. If the Captain's Permissions are set accordingly, crewmates are free to keep expressing themselves during a session by freely applying liveries as before, but these will not be saved. Captains can also easily ‘Revert Ship to Saved Items’ from the Ship Customisation Chest. Ca...Sail as Captains of Adventure in Sea of Thieves Season SevenAug 4, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsFirst unveiled as part of this summer’s Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase – via a jaunty musical number, no less – the seventh Sea of Thieves Season is here, heralding the arrival of ship Captaincy! As one of the features most anticipated by our community, we’re excited to give players the chance to name their ships for the first time, try out a wealth of new decorative choices and dive into the Captain’s Logbook to review their accomplishments across the waves. If you’ve been itching to carve a maritime moniker into a Ship’s Crest and set sail as a Captain, you’ll be glad to know that Season Seven is now available as a free update for all players on Steam. As with all past Seasons, Season Seven also offers 100 levels of rewards free to all Sea of Thieves players, with summer-themed cosmetics and plenty of other goodies to be earned as you build Renown by living your pirate life. If you want to further your Seasonal ambitions with more premium items not yet available elsewhere, you can pick up the latest optional Plunder Pass! Find out more about Seasons in our Seasons Explained and Plunder Pass Explained articles. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/eaf1a9fa231ecaa84ce310b6defed401412ea40d.jpg Captain on Deck! What is it that might inspire a pirate to splash out and spend gold on a ship of their own? To begin with, Captains are able to bestow a name of their choice upon a new vessel for all to see, visible both on the Ship’s Crest or in Ship’s Banners when someone spies you at a distance. Captains can also purchase a wealth of new decorative options for their quarters (ranging from rugs to the Captain’s Table itself), not to mention make the ship feel truly unique by picking out places to display Trinkets. A huge selection of ornaments can be purchased right away, while trophies can be earned by establishing yourself as a consummate Captain and will reflect your time at sea. Whether you’re a dedicated treasure-taker, fishing fanatic or simply can’t get enough of smashing skellies, your actions will be reflected in Pirate and Ship Milestones, a new form of progression that encourages different play styles. New rewards will become available along the way, and you can show off your favourite accomplishments in the Captain’s Logbook, which handily also keeps track of your current sailing session. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/3551a5a675fda88144df6a30298205b23b0b0947.jpg Shipwrights and Sovereigns The Outposts are more than ready to handle the arrival of Captained ships. For a fee, shipwrights will save the customisation of a Captain’s vessel ready for future sessions, meaning it’ll be just as you remember it next time you wake up in the tavern. Scuffs and scars from previous repairs will mount up over time, so pirates can opt to restore these at the shipwright too, bringing even the scruffiest ship back to pristine condition. Shipwrights can also deliver premium supplies to the barrels on a Captained ship. This courtesy extends to Captain’s Voyages, which are st...Sea of Thieves Spotlight Showcase #3Jul 22, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsWe’re back with a third Spotlight Showcase to keep you, our fine Steam readers, up to date with our regular Spotlight articles on the Sea of Thieves website – and below you’ll find no less than six instead of the usual four, thanks to a packed schedule pushing this latest catch-up deep into July. It’s a good mix of Spotlight types too, with a trio of popular Community members, a couple of well-loved Creators and our latest nominated Legend. So fall in alongside us and find out who we showcased! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/4a6b70c31f229c87ce9380464f955d116be38ccb.jpg Way back in early May, we invited Captain Peachy into the Community Spotlight to talk about his fervour for the regular #SoTShot contests and his moment of fame as a synchronised swimmer. He did all that and more, throwing in some in-game photography tips too, along with bonus tales of Kraken attacks and a real-life Disneyland trip with friends made in Sea of Thieves. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/2d70e8439cf6f77faf5afe289f27b2b6206a739f.jpg Later that month we switched over to the greenish glow of a new Creator Spotlight, but kept up the food-themed names, definitely not by total coincidence. This time it was KatLikesTacos who came by to tell us about her lore-adoring approach to the game and how she balances streaming Sea of Thieves with everyday life, making a strong case for surrounding yourself with positive people. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/21641df58079f8d368b920be95de7f2958ef5602.jpg June took us back to Community Spotlights to meet up with Sayuta, who has logged more victorious #SoTShot attempts and qualified for the Hat of Unfeasibly Glorious Fame more times than we thought anyone would manage so soon, quite frankly. Read all about those, enjoy some pirate portraits and find out about Sayuta’s involvement in community videos too while you’re there! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/c24ccb0e8c2e612bfb161e556a04c80650daedf6.jpg Video was also a strong suit of our next subject – more specifically cinematics, as we caught up with famed footage finesser and Partnered streamer TruEdits for his turn in the Creator Spotlight. Having worked with many a well-known creator while producing his own atmospheric videos spanning the length and breadth of the Sea of Thieves, this is another pirate who had plenty to share! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/89edc17717f6c77a5b98483bb39d8b5ae4497acf.jpg Then we hit July and decided to add another notable Pirate Legend to our small but growing crop of Legend Spotlights – and who better than Anja (better known to many as gaming_4nj4), one of the most uplifting pirates on the seas. We found out about the supportive approach that’s made her so beloved, asked about her favourite new things in the game and, most importantly, secured cat photos. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/4f971a274a7800c83a4b24cdad55040c0e60ad3b.jpg Then for July’s second Spotlight we paid a visit to Skulliah, allowing us to end our Showcase with a soothing Merfolk’s Lullaby. Many of that site’s p...An Update on Season SevenJul 15, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsHi everyone, I just wanted to share an update on the progress of Season Seven with you all. As we revealed during the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase in June, Captaincy is at the heart of Season Seven and this is an update we are hugely excited about. We believe Captaincy will transform the experience of playing Sea of Thieves, adding deeper meaning and history to every session and every encounter out on the seas, along with the much-requested ability to own and finally name your ship. However, with such a fundamental update to the game, there is a lot of hidden work to be done in the background. This is an update that brings in a vast range of new stats to track, and has required a complex partnership across our Game, UI and Services teams to bring it to life. As we started getting closer to the originally stated release date, it became apparent that things were coming in hotter than we liked and there was a real risk of not delivering to the quality and polish we expect, as well as putting undue pressure across the team to get it all over the line. Subsequently, we have made the decision to shift the release date back slightly to August 4th. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/37295600/24b69d1e0a257520930383e29ad486aba75fc392.jpg We understand this will be disappointing for those of you who are eagerly awaiting this update, and we appreciate your patience with this change. We know Season Six has been a looooong one, but we are super-excited about Captaincy and we hope you are too. Not too much longer to wait, we promise! We also want to make sure that with Season Seven arriving a little later than planned, you’ll have plenty of time to play through this new Season when it arrives and enjoy levelling up your Renown. August promises to be an incredibly exciting month for Sea of Thieves – as we look past the launch of Season Seven, we also have our next Adventure ‘A Hunter’s Cry’ arriving on August 18th, so it’s going to be a busy month! Running Sea of Thieves as an ongoing live experience is still a journey where we learn new things every day, but we will always consider what is the best course of action for the players and our development team alike. We believe the decision to shift this release is absolutely the right one to deliver the best experience for you all, while ensuring we continue to operate with a healthy and sustainable approach. Thank you for your understanding, and for your continued support for Sea of Thieves. We appreciate you all, and as always, we’ll see you on the seas! - Joe “Three Sheets” Neate Sea of Thieves Round-Up: June 2022Jul 12, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsHere we are, halfway (and a bit) through 2022. Hasn't it been lovely so far? No. No, it's been a bit pants, hasn't it. But at least the Sea of Thieves is open for sailing when you need some escapism, keeping up an ongoing monthly bombardment of new stuff for you to do – and in fact June packed in pieces of two separate Adventures, the next phase of the current Mystery and the revelation of what's coming in the next Season. But before we say any more about all that, let's drop in the Content Update subheader... Content Update Much better. Yes, the start of June was all about the struggle for Golden Sands Outpost as Sea of Thieves' fourth time-limited Adventure, 'Lost Sands', entered its final week. After one last update on the numbers, the Adventure concluded on June 9th with the outcome declared in a special livestream – determining that that Reapers had been repulsed and Golden Sands was saved from forever being a foggy dump with rubbish shopping facilities. A couple of weeks later, it wasn't quite time for Adventure 5 yet but it was time for the other monthly update, the one that brings in a month's worth of fixes and improvements and more creations from the clandestine lunatics who supply the Pirate Emporium – creations like the Prehistoric Plunderer ship set that nails a fossilised behemoth to the front of your ship. That's right! They're off their heads. The month ended with the 'The Forsaken Hunter', our fifth Adventure, coming in all aflutter with the news that Merrick had mysteriously vanished! Mind, the cinematic trailer on the 27th gave some pretty good indications that he didn't just get drunk and fall off his Seapost, and the launch trailer on the 30th put paid to any remaining uncertainty over that. But the question remained for players to answer over the course of the Adventure: who did this? And why? That's two questions. And what happens next? Three questions, and you can't even answer that one yet without making something up. News and Features The biggest news of the month, of course, was the revelation of Captaincy coming to Sea of Thieves in Season Seven. In this announcement that dropped at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, taking the form of an actual song called 'Captains of Adventure' because why not, some of the main features – such as ship naming and personalisation, the ability to save loadouts and the services of the Sovereigns – were either teased by or heartily sung from a scroll that ended in the fourth-wall-busting declaration that Sea of Thieves has now passed a monumental 30 million players. Also doggy-paddling in June's editorial pool was an Adventures Ahead article summing up relevant story events ahead of 'The Forsaken Hunter', then an Xbox Wire post on launch day to lay out what the Adventure entailed. A Season Six Community Day lookback dropped in at the start of the month and, later, there was a recap of our first Mystery so far to bring budding detectives up to speed. But #WhoIsT? No, not 'whoist', that s...