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New Sea of Thieves Update Brings Explosive Changes

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New Sea of Thieves Update Brings Explosive Changes

Rare has unveiled the latest update for Sea of Thieves, offering a slew of improvements and new challenges for the perspective seafarer.

Detailed in the official patch notes released by the company, the new update brings several new additions and refinements to the gameplay and general interface. Core among them is the latest Bilge Rat Adventure, which introduces new skeletal enemies wielding powder kegs into the mix. Explosives now rock and jostle ships as well, adding a new layer of depth and strategy to encounters with other crews. As with the last Bilge Rat Adventure, there are also special items and equipment to track down as well as commendations and titles to earn until the event ends on July 10.

Several tweaks and improvements have also been made to the overall game. Known issues such as the overly high accuracy of skeletal gunman or erratic Megalodon behavior patterns have been adjusted, while cosmetic and audio features like hair styles and damage reactions have been refined as well.

A full list of all the update has to offer can be viewed down below.

Bilge Rat Adventures – Gunpowder Skeletons

  • Gunpowder Skeletons Event – Carrying a gunpowder keg, skeletons can now rush towards you, light their fuse and… BOOM, off to the Ferry you go! The Bilge Rats are challenging all brave pirates to defeat them in various ways, some less conventional than others! Keep an ear perked for a burning fuse, and a finger on the trigger… good luck!
  • Explosive Force – When detonated, gunpowder kegs now have the force to rock and push ships.
  • Fuses – When holding a gunpowder keg, players can now light a five-second fuse by pressing the primary action button (Right Trigger on controller or left click on mouse).
  • Bilge Rat Doubloons – Each Gunpowder Skeleton Commendation on the progress screen details the number of Bilge Rat Doubloons it rewards. Players have until the 10th of July to complete the Commendations and earn up to 150 Bilge Rat Doubloons.
  • Bilge Rat Cosmetics – The Bone Crusher Sword, Pistol, Blunderbuss and Eye of Reach, priced at 15 Doubloons per item, are available until the 10th of July.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Letters of Recommendation now grant a full level in the chosen Trading Company. Opting to spend your hard-earned Doubloons on reputation with the Trading Companies? This just got better!
  • Bilge Rat Titles – Completing the Gunpowder Skeletons Commendations will unlock two new Pirate Titles. These titles will unlock straight into your Vanity Chest for maximum bragging rights.
  • Legendary Commendations – Legendary Commendation to earn an additional 50 Doubloons!
    These Legendary Commendations have been added based on player feedback requesting replayability.

Updates

  • Megalodon – Megalodon behaviours have been updated and improved.
  • Skeleton Accuracy – Skeletons wielding a blunderbuss or pistol have had their accuracy reduced.
    This was tweaked due to player feedback.
  • Joinable Status – Players can now make themselves unjoinable from the new Crew Management tab within Settings. This will mean that even friends can no longer join your session.
  • Bilge Rat UI – The reputation summary and icon have been updated with improved visuals.

Performance Improvements

  • Reduced client memory usage on PC.
  • Improved network bandwidth usage which may in turn reduce latency experienced by players in busy scenarios.
  • Improved server performance which will reduce latency for all players.
  • Multiple server and client crash fixes.
    Further improvements and optimisations for all platforms are ongoing.

Fixed Issues

  • The turning speed on the Galleon has been corrected.
  • Being poisoned by a snake no longer shows the VFX a second time.
  • Large button prompts no longer overlap.
  • Certain hairstyles no longer show being tucked into jackets.
  • Megalodons will no longer collide with islands when following a ship.
  • Skeletons at a Fort no longer lose their textures once the Captain is killed.
  • Majestic Sovereign Trousers no longer visually tear.

Known Issues

  • Some players travel in an unintended direction when fired from a cannon.
  • Bilge Rat Doubloons have not been correctly rewarded to a number of players who earned them through the Skeleton Thrones event.
    We are investigating a resolution for this and will share information when available.
  • The Hungering Deep rewards were not received by a number of players who earned them.
    We are currently rolling out a fix for this issue which will award missing rewards from The Hungering Deep. This will take some time, so keep an eye on the weekly patch notes to see when the rollout is complete.
  • Resource barrels on ships will periodically re-stock if they are below the default level of stock.

Sea of Thieves is currently available on PC and Xbox One. For more on the game, check out our coverage of the game’s recently announced content updates coming later this year.

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