Sea of Thieves Update Adds Support for Closed Crews and Reward Changes

New update for Sea of Thieves adds and fixes issues fans have been experiencing

By Grayshadow, Posted 16 May 2018

Today, Rare showcased what players can expect from the latest patch for Sea of Thieves. Included are new bug fixes such as items transfer happening in water causing the game to crash, closed crews, and color blindnesses support. A brief video was provided on YouTube starring Drew Stevens, Senior Producer of Sea of Thieves discusses the changes.

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The change to crews isn't the only change with items coming to the Ancient Isle that include Pistol, Sails, Sovereign Blunderbuss, Hulls, Liveries, and more with better rewards being provided based on your rank with the company.

Other minor updates include player titles and Gamertags no longer visible while swimming, a new sound effect for the flintlock pistol. You can read the entire patch notes below.

Download size:

Xbox One: 400MB
Xbox One X: 400MB
Windows 10: 800MB

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.


Here, take this! - Imagine the scene, skeletons surround your crew, your crew-mate has been bitten by a snake, they have no bananas and there are no resource barrels in sight! Now you can help them CRONCH their way to full health by handing them a banana! This also works with wooden planks and cannon balls. You helpful pirate you!
Unfortunately this feature is causing an issue and needs to be temporarily removed from Patch 1.0.7 while we investigate further.

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 & 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.
During last week's maintenance window we made improvements to our servers and services which should have resolved both of the above issues. If you are still encountering the above two issues, please log a Support Ticket so we can investigate this further.

Resolved issue that sometimes showed riddle landmarks as glowing rocks.

Resolved an issue on Old 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.
Further improvements and optimisations for all platforms are ongoing.

Sea Of Thieves is now available for Xbox One and Windows 10. For those looking for the Hungering Deep update, Rare has promised a new video coming this week showcasing the update.

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General Information

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Publisher(s): Microsoft Studios
Developer(s): Rare
Genres: Action, Adventure, Multipalyer
Themes: Pirates
Release Date: 2018

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