Rare promised that Sea of Thieves would have "its biggest year" in 2021. Today, the studio has more clearly revealed what it meant by that.
With the completion of the classic monthly updates for Sea of Thieves, Rare will now adopt a seasonal model with free and paid content to be unlocked while playing.
The game also succumbs to the fashion of the seasons, which change every quarter.
The final Sea of Thieves News for 2020 is here, and we're setting our spyglass on 2021 as we detail a change to our update schedule and the introduction of new goals and rewards with Seasons! Plus, a tease for next week's Festival of Giving update. Grab a grog and listen well.
Sea of Thieves embraces the seasons model
A few weeks ago, Rare promised that Sea of Thieves would have "its biggest year" in 2021. Today, the studio has more clearly revealed what it meant by that.
Like other games, such as Rocket League to name but one, the piracy game will adopt a seasonal model with a free and paid progression system starting in January 2021.
Every three months or so, Rare will therefore launch a new season. This will result in the addition of new in-game content, but also new cosmetic elements to be unlocked, for those who do not want to go through the integrated store. The developers also promise numerous events and patches to correct or improve gameplay comfort if the need arises.
Season 1 will arrive in January 2021
Not surprisingly, with this new system it will be possible to win up to 100 levels per season, simply by playing (through adventures, exploration or even fights). These levels will unlock cosmetic content for your pirate or your ship, in a gauge with two zones. One free, and one paid via a Plunder Pass, consisting of additional content. Note also that legendary pirates will be able to enjoy some exclusive elements.
This new business model should not only financially help Rare to sustain its game over the long run, but also give players a greater sense of progression, since until now only the faction-based progression system could give this impression.