Sea of Thieves embarks on its new season-based schedule of content material updates starting Thursday, Jan. 28. Developer Uncommon, Ltd. says gamers can plunder 100 ranges of cosmetics, swag, and different in-game rewards at no cost, due to a brand new development system, or purchase extra rewards with a premium battle cross.
The loot every Season gives will likely be earned as gamers win Renown, “a brand new development metric that isn’t wholly depending on handing in loot,” Uncommon says. There isn’t any buy-in to take part in every Season’s loot unlocks. Gamers who’re Pirate Legends (stage 50 in every of the sport’s three unique seafaring firms) will get unique rewards.
The “Plunder Go,” obtainable for 999 Historic Cash (a premium forex, purchased for $9.99) offers gamers entry to 11 extra gadgets, which Uncommon values at about $40 collectively, in the event that they had been offered within the sport’s Pirate Emporium. Historic Cash may also be earned at no cost as a Season development reward, and could be obtained by defeating uncommon Historic Skeletons that spawn at random throughout island explorations.
It’s doable that some gamers might already personal gadgets obtainable via the Plunder Go, the studio says, however “it’s very doubtless that there’ll nonetheless be sufficient new gadgets in there to justify the acquisition value.” All gamers will nonetheless unlock the usual content material as they progress via that Season’s tiers of Renown; there isn’t any time-saver buyout of the unlockable stuff with the Plunder Go or different real-money means. The usual content material consists of “extra rewards than we’ve ever made obtainable at a single time,” Uncommon mentioned.
Renown is continually earned via gameplay, “whether or not you drop in for a brief session or get scuppered midway via an epic sail,” Uncommon mentioned. “You’ll by no means end a Sea of Thieves session empty handed.” Gamers may also pursue a Season’s sequence of Trials, that are themed classes of goals (Deeds, as they’re referred to as in-game) fitted to sport periods of various lengths. Trials additionally reward gamers with distinctive in-world gadgets.
Sea of Thieves started a month-to-month replace schedule in the summertime of 2019, and delivered 10 content material updates in 2020, the most recent of which was the Competition of Giving, whose occasions ended every week in the past. Though Sea of Thieves is now scaling again to 1 main replace each three months, the brand new mannequin “permits us to craft extra significant experiences for you all and return to a extra predictable rhythm of launch,” builders wrote.
Additionally they acknowledged participant suggestions that “the discharge of cosmetics throughout the sport and Pirate Emporium has felt a bit of unbalanced in current updates.” A seasonal schedule is likewise supposed to handle this.