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Sea Of Thieves

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Rare
Release Date: March 20, 2018

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'Sea of Thieves' (ALL) Announces Monthly Update Cadence, Dark Relics Content Update - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 14, 2019 @ 9:42 a.m. PDT

Sea of Thieves is an immersive, shared-world adventure game filled with pirates, unexpected dangers and loot for the taking.

Sea of Thieves is a uniquely co-operative multiplayer experience1 set in a shared world that combines the thrill of adventuring together with friends with the unpredictability of emergent play and unexpected threats – both from other players and the world itself.

Be the pirates you want to be, share adventures with friends and set your own rules, roles and goals in a world where every sail on the horizon is another crew of players with unknown intent.

Explore, fight and live the pirate life together in this uniquely fresh and fun multiplayer game. Choose your voyage and decide how you’ll approach adventures in a world where every sail on the horizon is another crew of players with unknown intent.

Sea of Thieves also supports cross-play across the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PCs so that everyone can play regardless of their preferred platform.

Rare announced the release of its latest free content update “Dark Relics” and divulged more details on its previously discussed monthly update cadence.

Starting with July’s “Black Powder Stashes” update and continuing with today’s release of “Dark Relics,” Rare will be releasing new content for free to its players on the second Wednesday of each month, making for a predictable stream of new content to enjoy. Updates will vary in size and scope and the goal is to become more open and predictable in how content and updates are delivered to players.

This month, dark times have arrived on the “Sea of Thieves,” as skeletons have stolen several dangerous artefacts from The Order of Souls – the aptly-named Dark Relics!

August is here and with it a new Monthly Content Update, falling into rhythm with Black Powder Stashes in July and more new content coming in September. Dark times have arrived on the Sea of Thieves, as skeletons have stolen several dangerous artefacts from The Order of Souls – the aptly named Dark Relics!

This new event begins on August 14th and brings a close to the previous event, a cycle that players can expect to see continue into the future. On the second Wednesday of each month, Sea of Thieves will gain a new Voyage type, special activity or other feature, serving up fresh regular content in the wake of the epic Anniversary Update. These updates will also include new cosmetics and Commendations, plus a mixture of time-limited and permanent activities and content.

This month, prepare to butt heads with a few skulls as the skeleton hordes attract the ire of the Order of Souls! In a worryingly organised raid, the undead pulled up their proverbial socks and robbed the Order of numerous powerful artefacts – the ominous Dark Relics – and scarpered across the sea. Now, as part of Duke's ongoing efforts to build bridges with (or at least rack up substantial debts from) the Trading Companies, the Order has entrusted him with special Voyages to retrieve the stolen Relics.

Find Duke in the tavern to take on a Dark Relic Voyage, which will involve smashing a certain crew of skellies, taking back their Relic and delivering it to the Order for a handsome reward. There are Voyages up for grabs in The Shores of Plenty, The Ancient Isles and The Wilds, along with Titles and Commendations to earn. Earning Commendations will unlock more items from the highly sought-after Mercenary ship livery set – the cannons, capstan and wheel!

Pirate Legends and their crews can take on a further Voyage in The Devil's Roar which will yield two Relics. There are five distinct types of Dark Relic, with a separate Commendation for selling each, so be on the hunt for the Enchantment Vessel, Hexing Skull, Evil Eye, Mutinous Effigy and Bewitching Doll. If you have spares or just can't seem to complete the set, consider trading with other crews out hunting Dark Relics themselves…

Reports are also coming in of skeletons dropping Ritual Skulls, for which the Order (and for Legends, the Mysterious Stranger) will pay well. Meanwhile, Duke also wants pirates to watch out for Reaper's Chests – a strange new type of treasure that has begun to appear in shipwrecks and looks set to be a permanent addition to the Sea of Thieves. Cursed with the Reaper's Mark, just like the flag, these chests attract attention and can be spotted on all ships' maps! Getting one back to Duke won't be easy, but it will earn you Doubloons. What's inside them? Not even Duke knows yet. Spooky!

You may be wondering how the skellies managed to scatter with these Relics without any pirates noticing? They were clearly too busy playing with Rowboat harpoons, the latest invention to cause mass silliness on the Sea of Thieves. This is another permanent addition and is sure to create some chaos, as pirates in Rowboats can now hitch a ride with ships or swipe treasure from shores. Perhaps this mobile harpoon will be useful when retrieving Dark Relics and Ritual Skulls from defeated skeletons… or when pilfering them from other crews!

Remember to keep up to date with Sea of Thieves Monthly Content Updates and other news through our social channels below. Expect to see a new event on the second Wednesday in September as we delve further into this new update cycle and keep bringing you new ways to Be More Pirate. In the meantime, visit our full Dark Relics page then head out to hunt down some artefacts and reap the rewards!

Key Features:

  • A unique co-op experience that combines the thrill of adventuring together with friends with the unpredictability of a shared landscape and its threats, both from other players and the world itself.
  • Designed around players working together with shared goals and rewards, where you’ll go on epic voyages in search of legendary artefacts and buried treasure, but in a world where every sail on the horizon is another crew. What flag are they flying, and what do they want?
  • Crew up with your friends and be the pirates you want, choosing your own roles and goals. Explore the world, take on quests, or seek out conflict. It’s your crew against the world, and how you deal with other crews is entirely up to you.
  • Invites players into a beautiful world with a distinctive art style, ripe for exploration and with mythical creatures lurking on islands and under the inviting surface of the sea…
  • Offers an experience that will evolve over time, landing in players’ hands early and growing thanks to community insights and feedback. New ways to play will be unveiled as the world expands and evolves.

Sea of Thieves is now available for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC as an Xbox Play Anywhere title.

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