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Sea of Thieves is raising funds for cancer research with the swanky new Sails of Union

Sea of Thieves players who like swanky glow-in-the-dark sails and want to do a solid for the fight against cancer have until November 6 to indulge both interests with the sweet new set called the Sails of Union.

Developed in partnership with the Stand Up to Cancer charity, Sails of Union are available for $6/£5 on Steam or the Microsoft Store. They look great during the day, but really (and literally) shine at night, when their hidden starfield patterns become visible. (Update: Stand Up to Cancer was kind enough to explain that they're designed to look like constellations, but aren't modeled after any in particular.)

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(Image credit: Rare)
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(Image credit: Rare)

75 percent of the funds raised through sales of the Sails of Union on Steam, and 100 percent of funds on the Microsoft Store, will be donated to Cancer Research UK in support of the program, or, for purchases made from the US, directly to Stand Up to Cancer. 

The sails are part of Stand Up to Cancer's "Game On" program in which players raise funds by taking on challenges like driving Forza Horizon 4 laps in reverse or playing Ori and the Will of the Wisps using only projectiles. Details and signup links for that are available at standuptocancer.org.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.