Rare’s popular pirate adventure game, Sea of Thieves, is gearing up to launch its biggest and most ambitious update yet – Season 10. The release date for this new season is set for October 19, 2023. Among the exciting changes, players will now have the ability to form and join Crews with their friends and other pirates, enhancing their experience across the vast seas.
Crews are a new progression system enabling players to create and customize their pirate guilds, with up to 24 members each. Crew members can share their ships, cosmetics, and milestones and work together towards common goals and rewards. Crews will also have their names, logos, and mottos to express their identity and play style. This feature, called Guilds, will be available alongside the new Season on October 19.
Unlike former Seasons, the content for Season 10 of Sea of Thieves will be released in instalments over several months. So, a new mode is called Safer Seas and will be released in December of this year and will be a part of the Season 10 update. According to Mike Chapman, Creative Director at Rare, it is “intended to offer a gentler introduction to Sea of Thieves for new players, as well as providing a quieter map for existing players looking to pursue their solo adventures”. It will allow players to sail the Sea of Thieves alone or with a crew of friends within their private game session.
Chapman further noted that the reduced risks of Safer Seas mean that the rewards you can earn will correspondingly be decreased from the primary game mode, which will become known as High Seas. “While High Seas will remain the primary and most aspirational way to play Sea of Thieves, Safer Seas offers a complimentary way to explore and learn more about the pirate life in a more predictable environment”, he added.
The second major Season Ten update is intended to bring players together, though slightly less collaboratively. This would be a new type of world event slated to arrive in November. During this event, a set of ghostly notes will appear pinned to ships’ masts with directions for locating and retrieving a valuable new artefact known as the Skull of Siren Song.