Set Sail in Search of Legends with January’s Free Sea of Thieves Content Update

Welcome in the New Year with a wealth of new additions in Sea of Thieves first free monthly content update of this decade, Legends of the Sea! Now live for all players across Xbox One, Windows 10 PC and with Xbox Game Pass, Legends of the Sea shines a spotlight on player immortalizations, sends adventurers in search of all-new Reaper’s Chests and introduces a fresh yet familiar face.

Seek Out the Legends of the Sea

Umbra, the skillful scribe who escaped the clutches of Captain Bronzebeard, has made her way through the Devil’s Shroud with a plethora of new Commendations in tow. Players may have noticed certain etchings and recognizable names dotted around Sea of Thieves’ world that refer to the accomplishments of players from the community. With Umbra’s assistance, these can now be located and interacted with to earn exclusive Commendations, Titles, tattoo sets and Doubloons!

Get Yourself Gilded

That charming scallywag Duke has made his return as leader of the Bilge Rats, and despite looking slightly the worse for wear, he has a list of Gilded Voyages for pirates to tackle. Players can also choose to deliver their rewards to an excavation site for double gold rewards at the cost of the reputation reward. Head over to The Reaper’s Hideout to find this excavation site dug deeper than ever before, where the Masked Stranger will claim your loot hauls for some extra coin.

There’s also a new set of Ashen Tomes ready to be collected, with accompanying Commendations and Xbox achievements. And Duke’s return means new sets of cosmetics for pirates to parade themselves in, including the Aristocrat Ship Set and new variants of the Parrot Clothing Set and Corsair Sea Dog Set!

Reap New Rewards

Sporting a gold decal, the new Reaper’s Bounty Chests work in much the same way as their Doubloon-awarding counterparts, except these ones reward brave buccaneers with 25,000 gold! The beacon emitted from Reaper’s Bounty Chests has a golden hue indicating its contents, and is trackable on the ship’s map like any other Reaper’s Chest.

As per Duke’s request, all Reaper’s Chests and Bounties are now to be taken to The Reaper’s Hideout, making for a more high-risk turn-in.

Celebrate 10 Million Seafarers

We were honored to announce last week that Sea of Thieves has now passed 10 million unique players! To celebrate this incredible milestone, players who dive into Legends of the Sea within its first week will be granted an entitlement to a free “X” Marks the Spot emote and matching “X” Marks the Spot Sails. Play during the first week of the January update (eligibility period ends on January 22, 4pm GMT) to earn the entitlement, then the gifts will become available to you later as part of February’s update! Learn more here.

For more information on the Legends of the Sea update, including full release notes, visit the Sea of Thieves website. The update is available for free to all Sea of Thieves players who have bought the game on Xbox One or on Windows 10 PC, or players who have access to it with Xbox Game Pass. Simply download and install the latest Sea of Thieves update to get access.

New to Sea of Thieves? Join the fun with our all-new Maiden Voyage, a narrative-driven tutorial experience separate from Adventure and Arena modes. New Sea of Thieves players will begin their travels within this scenario, which provides guidance and information to fledgling sailors.  Learn more at www.xbox.com/seaofthieves, or join the ongoing adventure at www.seaofthieves.com where you can embark on an epic journey with one of gaming’s most welcoming communities!

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Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition

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A New Golden Age Begins… Sea of Thieves is a multiplayer, shared-world adventure game where the famous ideals of the pirate life – freedom, wild adventure, self-expression and loyalty – live on. This Anniversary Edition goes even further, presenting an expanded Sea of Thieves with a host of free new content and features released during a prolific first year. This includes features added during major updates such as The Hungering Deep, Cursed Sails, Forsaken Shores and Shrouded Spoils, plus two exciting new arrivals announced on the game’s anniversary, The Arena and Tall Tales – Shores of Gold. Altogether, these bring in new enemies, new activities, new locations, new features and a whole new competitive game mode. This is Sea of Thieves enhanced and packing more piracy than ever before! Just a few of the extras included in the Anniversary Edition are: • Immersive new story experience in Tall Tales – Shores of Gold • Dedicated new mode for competitive play in The Arena • New fishing, hunting and cooking capabilities • New multi-functional ship-mounted harpoon • More Trading Companies and voyage types • Skeleton Ships and Cursed Cannonballs • Megalodon enemies and loot drops for creatures • An expanded world with volcanic natural hazards • The Anniversary Edition also includes the free Sea Dog Pack Set Sail for Adventure… Sea of Thieves offers the essential pirate experience, packed to the seams with sailing and exploring, fighting and plundering, riddle-solving and treasure-hunting – everything you need to live the pirate life you’ve always dreamed about. With no set roles, you have complete freedom to approach the world, and other players, however you choose. This shared-world experience allows you to play solo or form a crew, meeting other players on the seas and choosing to be friends or foes. Will you form a grand alliance, or plunder treasure from the unwary? Play your own way and create a legend to be remembered. Set in a glorious piratical world of exotic islands, hidden treasures and dangers both natural and supernatural, Sea of Thieves offers something for everyone, no matter how they like to play: • A world of exploration – set sail upon a vast, open ocean, venturing into new regions and discovering the secrets of unspoiled islands and sunken ships. Hunt for treasure by following maps and untangling riddles, and learn to expect the unexpected… • A world of excitement – engage in ship-to-ship crew battles with cannon, pistol and cutlass, pursuing rival ships through raging storms. Sail in pursuit of deadly skeleton bounties or ferry cargo through hostile waters where Skeleton Ships and sea monsters await! • A world we sail together – whether you’re playing alongside friends, matchmaking to find a crew or setting out as a lone wolf pirate, you’ll have hilarious, memorable encounters in a world where any sail on the horizon could be another crew of real players. • A world of achievement – on your quest to become a Pirate Legend you’ll amass loot, build a reputation and customise your ship (and yourself) with hard-earned rewards. • A world of surprises – Sea of Thieves now includes all the benefits of the Anniversary Edition, including more enemies, new locations, extra features and activities, enriched storylines and a competitive game mode! More to Discover… Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition includes all the permanent content released for the game during its first year. Enjoy features introduced in past updates, plus brand new additions such as fishing, cooking and the harpoon. Encounter the fearsome Megalodon, do battle with Skeleton Ships that fire Cursed Cannonballs and explore the treacherous but lucrative Devil’s Roar region! Also included are The Arena and Tall Tales – Shores of Gold, both debuting as part of Sea of Thieves’ anniversary celebrations. The Arena introduces dedicated competitive play for the sporting pirate who likes to test their skill, whilst Tall Tales – Shores of Gold brings a host of new storylines to the world, delving deeper into the lore of this mysterious pirate paradise. Includes the Sea Dog Pack! For the aspiring pirate looking to shape their own legend, the Sea Dog Pack offers an excellent helping hand. Whether you want to show off in The Arena or just be the talk of the tavern, the Sea Dog Pack can make you a picture-perfect pirate with colourful cosmetics and a boost to your in-game currency. The Sea Dog Pack includes the Sea Dog Hat, Jacket, Cutlass, Pistol, Compass, Ship Sails and 10,000 gold! To learn more about Sea of Thieves and everything waiting for you in the Anniversary Edition, head to www.seaofthieves.com