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Sea of Thieves

3 weeks ago

Sea Of Thieves story adventures started in Anniversary Update

Fishing, story-driven adventures, a PvP arena mode, and other shiny newnesses today come to Sea Of Thieves in its Anniversary Update, which confusingly is coming thirteen-and-a-bit months after launch. While the multiplayer pirate sandbox initially seemed to be sinking without a trace because it had little to do, as our former Alec (RPS in peace) noted in his Sea Of Thieves review, Sea Of Thieves…

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3 months ago

Sea Of Thieves lets friends sail for free this week

After a rough first year, Sea Of Thieves - the piratical MMO-lite - is on the up and up. Interest in the game (and all things piratical) is high, and its latest big update brought a swathe of new PvE activities to its previously competitive-focused seas. Rare reckon that now would be a good time to show the game to your friends, so if you…

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4 months ago

Sea Of Thieves to let Xbox sea-dogs opt out of cross-platform play

No sooner has Sea Of Thieves found its sea legs that Rare and Microsoft announce a perplexing decision. One of the game's big selling points was its easy PC to Xbox One cross-platform play, but will soon offer the option for gamepad-using Xbox players not to cross the platform strait into Windows waters. It's understandable - the game has a strong PvP element, and mouse…

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Sea Of Thieves jettisons half its cargo – a reason to return?

Remember Sea of Thieves, Rare's piratical, sandbox sorta-MMO? I do, what with reviewing it and all, but only as if a dream. Emotive, fragmentary scenes of waves and sunset and accordions. A blissful boredom. Actual detail of the things I did, found or fought? Not a bit of it. Maybe there were some skeletons once? I think often of going back, part in curiosity about…

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6 months ago

Sea Of Thieves’s Shrouded Spoils update adds more meat to its skellington bones

I'm officially resolved to return to Sea Of Thieves's world of online piratical nonsense thanks to today's new treasure-trove of content. The Shrouded Spoils update for once isn't focused on a single time-limited quest or global event, but rather fleshing out its existing systems. Fog threatens ships along jagged coastlines and more skeleton ships roam in more shapes and sizes, occasionally on their own skellington…

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8 months ago

Sea Of Thieves’s Forsaken Shores update adds volcanoes, rowboats and legal commerce

As the nights grow colder and the days shorter, Rare's piratical MMO Sea Of Thieves is drawing me back with an enticingly warm-looking volcanic update, Forsaken Shores. This free new treasure-chest of content adds a new area to the map called The Devil's Roar filled with superheated environmental hazards - the floor is literally lava. It also introduces a new kind of store encountered out…

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9 months ago

Feature: We'll surely avoid scurvy if we all eat an orange

Sea of Thieves players are taking the game out of PvP and into game shows

Online games live and die by their audience. Give players the tools to create unique stories and foster closer relationships and there’s no guarantee they’ll go out of their way to use them. Often they resort to their baser instincts. This was arguably the case when Rare released their pirate sandbox game Sea of Thieves, back in March. It was an extremely common occurrence for…

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10 months ago

Sea Of Thieves’s skellington-crewed Cursed Sails update is live

While aesthetically lovely, online swashbuckler Sea Of Thieves probably didn't have enough meat on its bones at launch. Today's update, Cursed Sails, is a bit paradoxical then - its roaming crews of evil skeleton sailors add a major new NPC threat to the oceans, just ironically without flesh. Adding a new time-limited quest, plus a goodly chunk of new things to see and do to…

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11 months ago

Feature: Trailers galore

Every PC game at Microsoft’s E3 2018 conference

Microsoft had a lot of games to announce at E3 2018, but it's a little murkier this year to find out what was relevant for PC users. Some games were coming to both, others only to their Xbox One consoles. You could of course watch the entire conference right here, but for some there just isn't enough time to wade through the entire show. Not…

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12 months ago

Sea Of Thieves’ Hungering Deep bares its teeth today

Ah, Sea of Thieves. A few slightly barnacled spots on its hull aside, it's a lovely little thing so long as you can get a crew together. It's just a little light on things to do, outside of crossing swords with other rival crews of players. Today's big update, The Hungering Deep, promises to bring a little bit more action to the table in a…

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Sea of Thieves’s first big update washes ashore next week

Far too many gigabytes of Rare-made pirate MMO still litter my hard drive, reserved for an imagined day when Sea of Thieves's gorgeous ocean will be blessed with the vibrancy and variety it deserves. SOT achieved the peculiar duality of burning indelible ocean-faring images into my mind while being entirely forgettable moment-to-moment, and the concept that it might blossom into something meatier currently feels more…

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1 year ago

Sea of Thieves’ private crew update isn’t ship-shape yet

You would think that a game designed explicitly to be played with friends would offer the option to form private parties at launch, but Sea of Thieves dared to be different. Until recently, players were left using a vote system to exile unwanted crew members to the brig, but Patch 1.07 was meant to address that, adding (among other things) an invite-only crew system. Unfortunately, after…

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Sea Of Thieves content updates starts in May with The Hungering Deep

"I've enjoyed the ambience of Sea Of Thieves so much that I want it to be something that stays in my life for a long time to come, but, in its current state, I know that is impossible," our Alec said in his Sea Of Thieves review. "There is a platform for wonderful things here, but if Rare don't build new things atop it PDQ,…

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Sea Of Thieves makes death charge plans walk the plank

The makers of Sea Of Thieves have scrapped plans to add a 'Death Cost' that would make deceased pirates hand over some of their coveted gold coins to return to life. Seeing as the game has only repetitive grind and fleeting wonderful experiences with other players, as our Alec's Sea Of Thieves review explained, the idea of adding more to grind for did not go…

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Feature: A failure, a triumph

Sea of Thieves review

On the one hand, Sea of Thieves is a game so empty that recommending it feels like a dereliction of duty. On the other hand, I just chased down a man who killed me and threw a bucket of my own grog-induced vomit over him by way of revenge. It's the small things like that that can make Sea of Thieves triumphant, which is just…

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Feature: The joy of a like-minded crew of mateys

Two Germans (and me) in a boat: finding my happy place in Sea Of Thieves

I'll go into this more in my full Sea of Thieves review (tomorrow, all being well), but my overwhelming feeling so far about Rare's online pirate sim is that it's a weirdly empty and inadequate game that can nevertheless be transformed into something oddly unforgettable if you manage to crew your ship with the right mateys. I've had many tedious or irritating voyages, defined by…

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Sea Of Thieves devs lay out plans to keelhaul problems

When Sea Of Thieves went to sail out of the harbour and launch on Tuesday, it was quickly boarded by far more many players than anticipated and the game's servers sunk to the briny depths of Davy Jones' cyberlocker. Deveelopers Rare even temporarily stopped new players from joining the multiplayer sandbox pirate game. While things are a bit more shipshape now, it's not without problems…

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Feature: Billy no-mateys

Sea of Thieves solo is maddening and brutal – as it should be

My own jury's still out on whether Rare's newly-released online pirate sim Sea of Thieves deserves to sink or swim, primarily because, during work hours, I either have to play with black-hearted randoms or solo. A little later in the week I'll be able to tell you all about how it shakes out with a full crew of trusted mateys, but for now I can…

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Sea of Thieves temporarily turns away new players to sooth server problems

While half the RPS treehouse seems to be happily singing shanties and taking screenshots where the placement of their boat's steering wheel means they appear to be clasping a pegpenis, some players have faced stormier waters in Sea Of Thieves. Rare's open-world pirate 'em up launched yesterday, and was met with such an unruly torrent of pillaging hordes that the servers struggled to keep up,…

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