What you need to know
- Sea of Thieves is a multiplayer pirate sandbox game from Rare.
- The game formerly added content and features through monthly updates.
- Seasons will shake up the way updates are delivered to the game and introduce a 100-level Renown system with rewards unlocked by completing Pirate Trails.
- A paid premium tier called the Plunder Pass will be available to purchase that adds exclusive unlocks for players who opt in.
Rare recently revealed that Season One of their swash-buckling pirate sandbox game Sea of Thieves will release on January 28, 2020. This seasonal approach to new content drops provides new challenges, objectives, a new progression system, and the game’s answer to a premium Battle Pass – the Plunder Pass.
But what exactly does this paid service bring to Sea of Thieves? And what do you get with this optional premium offering? Here’s everything we know so far about the Sea of Thieves Plunder Pass.
What will ‘Seasons’ bring to Sea of Thieves?
Historically, Sea of Thieves focused on big monthly content drops or live events that highlight the new features and rewards coming to the game. Moving forward, Seasons will change the way updates are introduced.
Seasons will span across three months and begin with a primary piece of new content. From there, each month will see its own special live event, similar to “Fate of the Damned,” that focuses on featured activities and offers unique rewards. Season One will kick off with a new merchant alliance voyage type that tasks players with locating lost shipwrecks around the Sea of Thieves.
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The focus for this new progression system is to add more tangible value to every single session of Sea of Thieves you play. Even if you don’t complete a voyage or Tall Tale, you can celebrate existing content in new ways while earning exciting rewards through these Pirate Trials. If you’re familiar with Battle Passes in games like Fortnite or Smite, the Renown levels are essentially the same idea with a piratey twist.
What is the Plunder Pass?
We haven’t seen everything included with the Plunder Pass so far and don’t know the exact pricing structure yet, but this service will offer unique rewards to unlock and even exclusive items from the Pirate Emporium for players who upgrade. Here’s to hoping for some fair pricing and exciting customization items for pirates willing to shell out their hard-earned coin.
What does this all mean for the future of Sea of Thieves?
Overall, Seasons look to usher in a new chapter of Sea of Thieves. The Renown system, even without the paid premium tier, and Pirate Trials make shorter sessions still feel rewarding, which is exciting for those days when you don’t feel quite like committing 4 hours to playing Sea of Thieves. We’ll continue to update Season One and Plunder Pass info as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, we’ll catch you on the seas!
Changes are coming
Get yourself ready for Season One.
It’s looking like there’s never been a better time to join the Sea of Thieves. Sail the high seas looking for treasure, engaging in battle, or just having fun on an island.
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