Sea Of Thieves' Anniversary Update Is Huge--Here Are All The Details

Tall Tales is nearly here.

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Sea of Thieves has been out for just over a year, and while many enjoyed the pirate game, others felt it just didn't have enough content. Developer Rare is further attempting to address that feedback with the game's Anniversary Update, comprising a new narrative-driven questline called Tall Tales: Shores of Gold and an entire new PvP mode named The Arena.

The Arena is a competitive mode for five teams of four set in smaller, distinct areas. At the beginning of each 24-minute match, every team receives the same set of treasure maps. You must proceed to one of the X marks in order to retrieve chests, which can then be cashed in for Silver at a number of special ships.

Of course, other teams are competing for the same chests to cash in, so you might find you run in to some resistance on your travels. Killing other players or sinking their ships nets you a small amount of Silver, and respawns are active. Particular to The Arena is a new damage model for ships, which can now have their wheel, masts, and anchor destroyed--though these can be repaired with wood in the same way you would fix a hull.

Tall Tales, meanwhile, is a new questline for people who wanted more direction in Sea of Thieves' classic adventure mode. It's set in the game's usual shared world--which will also gain a new island that Rare says is its biggest island yet--and will see you complete a number of puzzles and riddles in the search for treasure. The mode includes new enemy types, items enchanted with new abilities, and a new faction that will buy fish and meat off you after you utilise new fishing and cooking mechanics.

Sea of Thieves' Anniversary update will be released for free on April 30. For more on the new content, check out our thoughts on why it could breathe new life into Sea of Thieves.

Rare's pirate game launched in March 2018 and was awarded a 6/10 in our Sea of Thieves review. "There may come a time when Sea of Thieves is able to entice me back, and I imagine that will be with a mix of new mission types and hopefully the promise of rewards that allow for new types of interactions, if not improve my character's capabilities," wrote Peter Brown. "For now, it's a somewhat hollow game that can be fun for a handful of hours when played with friends, and something worth trying out if you happen to be an Xbox Game Pass subscriber. Even though it's hard to wholeheartedly recommend, I like enough of what I see to hold out hope that things will eventually improve as the game continues to be patched and updated with new content."

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I really want this game to be thought of better by gamers. I hope that they get there.

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I think SOT has come a long way from release. However, there are still a lot of basic content I'd like. The fishing and cooking is one of them. A more social place where players can mingle without immediately fighting would be nice. Similar to the hub(s) in The Division(s). Skeletons need to drop items. There needs to be more variety of land based enemies. And most importantly to get rid of those dang suicide skeletons that chase you down with the explosives. At least make them slower and less common, please.

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Guess people would have been a bit more forgiving if it wasn't released at premium price. Critics were completely justified to destroy it - just a shiny skin with nothing inside. Feel sorry for Rare.

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SOT content that is still missing:

Bar fights

Guards at ports

Jails

Upgrading to newer ships

More variety of enemies

The game can be fun, but it still needs more content.

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I haven't played the game much in the past year, but the new narrative mode might be enough to encourage my friends and I back. -- Just bought Division 2 though so this will have to wait until we finish our newest mission.

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Sea of no man's anthem 76. It just rolls of the tongue, doesn't it.

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@PETERAKO: They should hire you to name these games.

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What about the Kraken? Did they found its body underwater?

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@sladakrobot: The Kraken is on Fortune Island in FH4, a much better game.

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It’s already been a year since this dumpster fire, empty ass game came out?

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@qslapper: Forum posts = 1.

Yep, another toxic D-bag joins the forums...

Can't wait to see more of your intelligent and astute observations.

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@qslapper: Get a room

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@qslapper: I take it you two are best buddies then ;)

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@ryuburger: They do seem rather cordial.

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