On March 20 2018, Rare's sandbox multiplayer pirate adventure Sea of Thieves was unleashed on the world. After a lot of hard work the developer now has, well, more hard work. Being an open-ended online service game, Sea of Thieves will be subject to plenty of updated and improvements throughout its lifetime.
To help you keep on top of what's new and what's coming up, we've put together this handy page which will be updated with all the latest announcements.
What's new in Sea of Thieves?
Being in its early days, Sea of Thieves has been having some teething problems with regards to service capacity and bugs which Rare has said it's working on.
The first sign of this has come with a recent patch (1.0.1) which stands at a huge 19GB. This patch fixes a host of bugs players were encountering from missing items to chests becoming impossible to pick up.
It also brings a host of performance improvements which should reduce instances of tearing and slow framerates on larger islands. There are also snippets of advice in the full notes regarding known issues such as bounty quest skeletons not spawning and delays in players receiving gold, reputation or achievements for completing quests.
To the relief of many players, Rare has also said it won't be continuing with its plans to implement a "death cost" which would have seen players pay "a small gold fee" each time they died. At the moment, players just have to wait a small amount of time on the Ferry of the Damned before being returned to life and intense fan feedback suggests they found this more than enough.
The intention with the death fee appears to have been to up the stakes of the game and give players something to think about before engaging in reckless battles. However, the massively negative response to the idea was heard by Rare.
In a blog post, producer Joe Neate said "Death Cost is, well, dead. Thanks for the feedback here. We're listening," before following this up with a Tweet which said "we messed up the messaging around this."
What's coming up in Sea of Thieves
Rare expects to have its first large Sea of Thieves update go live after around three months. This would mean it should come around June 2018 and we think it's likely we'll see it detailed during Microsoft's E3 conference before it becomes available.
Though Rare hasn't revealed everything that will be added in this update, we do know that it's planning to introduce the game's cosmetic microtransactions at this time, which will include pets to purchase.
As far as long-term plans are concerned, Rare apparently intends to add new guilds for a wider-variety of missions at some point and also extend the end-game for those who eventually achieve Legendary Pirate status.
How can I play it?
Sea of Thieves is now available on PC and Xbox One. It's possible to purchase the game outright, but you can also pick up an Xbox Game Pass subscription where the entire game is included.
If you're not sure whether Sea of Thieves is for you, picking up a Game Pass trial for free and playing the game for a short time through it is a good way to find out.
The game is not a port for PC or Xbox, it works equally on both and supports cross-play. While the console version has locked frame rates of 30fps, the PC version's are unlocked. Mouse, keyboard and controllers are all supported across console and PC.