Sea of Thieves players who have longed to cast their lines into the deep blue sea will soon have the opportunity to do just that, courtesy of the "game-changing" Anniversary Update. Set to arrive in April, the big update will also add a new competitive mode called the Arena, new narrative adventures, expanded ship damage, and more.
The Arena is a new competitive mode that will get sailors straight to the high-seas action, and then to the post-battle grog in the Glorious Sea Dog Tavern, the home of a new trading company headed up by the heroes of the Sea of Thieves comic series. Details haven't been disclosed, although you can see a wee tiny bit of it in the trailer, but Rare said the mode "will continue to grow in parallel to the Sea of Thieves adventure experience."
For those who prefer more story-focused swashbuckling, a new series of narrative adventures called Shores of Gold will feature new and familiar characters and places. "Fans of the expanded game universe will recognize some of the iconic characters and locations in Shores of Gold, yet this is only the beginning of a series of Tall Tales that will allow players to immerse themselves in the legends of Sea of Thieves," Rare said.
An expanded ship damage system means that masts, capstans, and wheels can be damaged in battle, making effective sailing a very tricky prospect, while the addition of the harpoon will enable unexpected maneuvers and, apparently, the ability to swipe treasure from rivals over long distances, if you're a good enough shot. And because there's no life like the domestic life (even amidst all the plundering and pillaging, I guess), players will be able to fish, hunt, and cook what they catch. (This is the bit that Chris and Tyler, our PCG piracy pros, seem most excited for.) New enemies, traps, and other dangers are also on the horizon.
The Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update is scheduled to roll out (sail out?) on April 30. Full details are up at seaofthieves.com.