Sea of Thieves is – are you able to imagine it? – 5 years outdated this month, and to rejoice its half-decade anniversary, developer Uncommon is ushering in a brand new quality-of-life-focused season all about reinvigorating the piratical multiplayer journey’s core sandbox.
Sea of Thieves’ Season 9 – which launches subsequent Thursday, Sixteenth March, simply forward of the sport’s Twentieth March anniversary – is considerably uncommon in that it’s not actually constructed round one single flagship new function. As an alternative, it is tweaking, finessing, and refreshing the sport as an entire in a bid to create a extra coherent, fulfilling expertise after 5 years of disparate updates.
For starters, come the brand new replace, all World Occasions – from ship battles to Ashen Lords – will dynamically scale to match completely different crew sizes. Moreover, emergent occasion – the kraken, megaladon, fog, and ship wrecks – have been adjusted to make them a extra widespread incidence after having all develop into more and more seldom seen as updates have continued.
Elsewhere, Forts of Fortune have been rebalanced to make them much less of a tedious time sink, and new Chests of Fortune have been added as rewards for finishing them. These could be turned in to earn Commendations and components of the brand new Fates of Fortune ship set, with future seasons promising to unlock extra cosmetics because the Chests of Fortune rotate to new areas. Equally, Reaper’s Chests, which now have a everlasting beacon to alert crews to their presence when within the arms of different gamers, could be turned in to unlock the brand new Fates of Fortune weapon set.
Season 9 additionally introduces new makes use of for Sea of Thieves’ more and more redundant doubloons foreign money, earned via quite a lot of in-game actions. It’s going to be potential to spend them on three new Pirate-Legend-exclusive voyages, as an illustration, together with one to search out the Cranium of Future – a brand new all-in-one merchandise used to activate the Fort of the Damned with out the standard faff. Moreover, it will be potential to buy beforehand season-exclusive cosmetics with doubloons, beginning with Season 1, albeit at a “very excessive value”.
And the welcome tweaks go on; loot dumped into the Satan’s Shroud will now spawn again on the map, whereas the harpoon gun has been adjusted to mechanically drop loot onto the deck of your ship while not having to manually decouple it. There are UI tweaks, too, together with a brand new meals radial menu, and – in an addition that almost made me weep with aid on its announcement – you may lastly, FINALLY equip your ship’s flag on the shipwright.
Different long-requested gameplay tweaks lastly coming in Season 9 embody a change that’ll stop skeletons from blasting your ship with cannon hearth whilst you’re busy on a Skeleton Fort, and longer spawn instances between armada battle waves.
Fishing followers may even be happy to listen to the long-neglected Hunter’s Name buying and selling firm is getting a bit of affection. For starters, Stephen’s Spoils seapost lastly has a Hunter’s Name consultant once more after Merrick went into hiding, along with his younger nephew, Adelrick, now lending a hand. What’s extra, seaposts now give a 50% bonus on all Hunter’s Name gadgets, whereas those self same gadgets can now be cashed in with the Sovereigns, albeit with out the gold bonus.
There’s lots extra coming alongside all that, a few of which is detailed in Sea of Thieves’ Season 9 trailer above, and gamers can anticipate the standard seasonal additions – a brand new 100-tier progress monitor with associated rewards, a brand new Plunder Cross, and new premium retailer gadgets – too.
And, after all, Uncommon is organising a bunch of actions to particularly rejoice Sea of Thieves’ fifth birthday, together with a ten-day Marauder’s Medley Occasion that’ll serve up cosmetics for those who full challenges primarily based on earlier updates. There’s additionally one other Group Weekend, operating from Twenty fifth-Twenty seventh March, a Pirate Emporium sale from Seventeenth-Twenty eighth March, a particular in-game anniversary selfie spot at New Golden Sands Outpost from Twentieth March, extra Twitch Drops from Sixteenth-Twentieth March, a free Lustrous Legend Figurehead for anybody logging into the sport between Seventeenth-Twenty second March, plus, the launch of an official Sea of Thieves documentary on Twentieth March, charting the sport’s journey up to now.
And to reiterate, Sea of Thieves’ ninth season launches subsequent Thursday, Sixteenth March, that means you have received somewhat below two weeks to wrap up your Season 8 actions earlier than it is all change.