Latest Sea Of Thieves Update Adds Better Ways To Manage Crews & More (VIDEO)

Sea of Thieves developers Rare LTD. has released a new update to the game which introduces a better way to manage your crew and who is allowed to join it. Players will now be able to choose a open or closed crew option when preparing to head out to the salty sea. An open crew acts the same way crew management works today, meaning you either invite your crew members or they are automatically added to your band of misfits due to an open slot. A closed crew means that players will need to manually add team members to join them, and open slots will not be automatically filled. Here to explain the update in greater deal is Senior Producer, Drew Stevens:

Update: Private crews have been temporarily disabled due to a glitch. They will be up and running once more in the near future.

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The new crew management feature is the only item that is addressed in this new update, the team also enhanced various aspects of the game. One of these items is the removal of player tags of pirates who are swimming below the surface of the water, allowing them to #BeMoresneakyPirate! The team has also made adjustments to the economy by reducing prices on certain items that were overpriced and increasing the chance of finding rarer items as you progress with the various factions in Sea of Thieves. As with all patches, the team also resolved a host of bugs that were affecting many players.

Check out all the details on the latest Sea of Thieves update below:

Download and Installation

Download size:

Xbox One: 800MB
Xbox One X: 800MB
Windows 10: 800MB

Features

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This Seat is Taken – Players now have two crew type options available to them, Open and Closed Crews.
Open Crews: This option works in the same way you’re used to. For the Galleon, an open crew will match four players together while also replacing players who leave during a game. For the Sloop, two players will be matched together, with a leaving player being replaced when possible.

Closed Crews
: This option allows a single player to begin a game on either a Galleon or a Sloop, allowing friends to join in when they’re available. You can now play with any configuration of players up to the limit on each ship, which is 4 players on the Galleon and 2 players on the Sloop, as well as preventing non-friends from being able to join you. This option replaces the 3 player Galleon and Solo Sloop options in the Main Menu.

Coming Soon
: Additional functionality coming soon for Open and Closed Crews includes the ability to dynamically switch between Open and Closed while in the game, in addition to being able to make a session fully private by preventing friends joining.

Updates

  • Who Goes There? – When swimming underwater, gamertag and Player Titles are no longer visible. Now you can #BeMoresneakyPirate!
  • Now in Stock! – Imperial Sovereign Blunderbuss, Pistol, Sails, Hull and Liveries are now available to purchase in the Ancient Isles. They were incorrectly listed as available in Patch 1.0.6.
  • Flintlock Pistol – New sound effects for close fire and reloading the Flintlock Pistol.
  • Icons – Within the clothing chest, the icons to unequip all or select a random outfit have been updated.
  • Health Bar UI – Deciding whether to eat that banana or keep swiping your sword? You’ll notice some changes to the health bar UI, fancy!

Progression and Economy Updates

  • Price Changes – Greedy pirates had overpriced the Castaway Bilge Rat weapons and ship liveries. These have now been reduced. Anyone who purchased items within this set pre-price adjustment will have the difference reimbursed very soon.
  • Strike Gold – As Pirates rank up with all the trading companies, the chances of finding more valuable rewards has been increased. Say good-bye to those Castaway Chests at higher ranks!

Fixed Issues

  • Players should no longer experience details of their pirate (such as hair colour / scars) looking different from their initial selection.
  • Players should no longer experience delayed achievements and commendations from in-game actions.
  • Resolved issue that sometimes showed riddle landmarks as glowing rocks.
  • Resolved an issue on Faithful Isle which could have prevented players from completing riddle voyages.
  • Bounty Captains and Crew will no longer have their names mixed up.
  • Gunpowder Barrels will no longer cause two explosions if detonated when being held by a player.
  • Loaded cannons will no longer intermittently appear unloaded when returning to the ship.
  • Starting Merchant voyages back to back will no longer prevent the reminder to collect crates from appearing.
  • When playing on wide monitors the settings menu UI will no longer have clipping issues.
  • Being on an Order of Souls voyage no longer causes fewer ambient skeletons to spawn.
  • Cannonball, wooden plank and banana crates no longer always spawn empty.
  • Restarting the game will no longer reset the frame rate lock option.
  • Fixed a collision issue on Thieves’ Haven.
  • Equipping the Seadog Hull on a sloop will now match the preview image.
  • Muting all other crews will no longer mute your own crew.
  • The floor texture of the crows nest on the galleon now appears correctly.
  • Resolved a shader issue caused the balcony outside the Captain’s Cabin on the galleon to appear incorrectly.
  • There is no longer a gap between a characters head and the Imperial Sovereign Hat when it is equipped.
  • Restored missing 90 fps frame rate lock option.

Performance Improvements

  • Frame rates will now be more consistent during ship battles, sword fights and Kraken encounters due to visual effect optimisations.
  • Latency has been improved in multiple-ship and skeleton heavy scenarios due to server optimisations.
  • Frame rates can now be locked to 100 FPS.
  • [PC Only] Fixed GPU driver hangs/crashes on certain graphics devices.
  • [PC Only] Resolved bug which triggered Copperbeard error when alt-tabbing.
  • Multiple server crash fixes.

Known Issues

  •  Some players cannot see their downloadable content in game.

What do you think of all the changes in the latest Sea of Thieves update? What else would you like to see the developers at Rare fix or add to the game in a future update? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below, and don’t forget to check out DFTG on Twitter for gaming and entertainment news live 24/7!

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