The first content update to Sea of Thieves is called The Hungering Deep and will bring a new threat to the pirate world. It sounds like this threat isn't something you and your friends will be able to handle alone, as Rare says "crews will have to work together to discover and defeat this threat as part of a unique event". Sea of Thieves is Rare's first "game as a service", and Neate said today that all future content updates will be completely free. A weekly events program will also be introduced in May, giving players new ways to play with weekly events and rewards. In addition, some new weekly events with new mechanics will be added. Stay tuned, because we'll likely be hearing more about these content updates soon.
Looking further down the line, this summer will see a couple of updates with the Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shores updates. Those events will introduce new mechanics, new ways to play with things like new hidden treasures, trading companies, and other things that enhance the world.
For more in-depth conversation about Rare's plan for new content, have a look at the video above.
This summer will see the debut of Cursed Sails, which will include a new ship type, and Forsaken Shores, which will introduce players to a new perilous part of the world to explore.
The first big update, coming this May, is called The Hungering Deep.
The studio stressed that its plans will evolve based on feedback.
With that, other tools will be added to the game that give crews more tools to communicate with other crews to make tracking down this threat more user-friendly.
Rare is also deprioritizing the development of some previously announced features: pets, which will let players own parrots, cats and monkeys; and ship captaincy, a system that would allow legendary pirates to become captains of customizable ships. "Expect our plans to continue to be fluid but always with the goals listed above as our guiding principles", the update read.