'Sea of Thieves' Update Adds Season One, 120 Hz, Arena Tweaks and More—Patch Notes

Sea of Thieves' Season One update is finally here, adding big changes, new cosmetics, the Plunder Pass, a 120 Hz mode and more. While most of the tweaks amount to small bug fixes, your first quest for Renown should still start off from a more solid place. Check out the full patch notes courtesy of an official Rare blog post.

Sea of Thieves Season One update patch notes

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'Sea of Thieves' gets its big Season One update today. Read all about it in the patch notes below. 'Sea of Thieves' is available now on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC. Microsoft

NEW Content

  • The Season One content like the Plunder Pass, Renown progression and Trials are now available.

Season One Plunder Pass

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When you buy the Plunder Pass, you'll gain access to 11 unique cosmetics. Microsoft
  • Purchase the Season One Plunder Pass to unlock 11 additional rewards that can be claimed while climbing the levels of Seasonal progression.
  • The Plunder Pass contains not only existing items from the Pirate Emporium but early access to future Emporium items. After the Season ends, all Plunder Pass rewards will be available for individual purchase in the Pirate Emporium.
  • The Season One Plunder Pass is available to purchase through the Pirate Log, Pirate Emporium, Microsoft Store or Steam Item Store.

Lunar Festival Ship Collection

  • Adorn your ship with this lavish Lunar Festival ship set, with a handsome horned Collector's Figurehead and Collector's Sails also available.
  • The Lunar Festival Essential Bundle is also on offer, containing the core ship cosmetics at a lower price.

Lunar Festival Costumes

  • Treat yourself to these regal Lunar Festival costumes to celebrate the New Year! Two costume variants are included to satisfy those who love hats and those who don't, each equipped with the unique Kneel and Bow Emote.

Lunar Festival Weapon Bundle

  • New Year, new you! Start as boldly as you mean to go on with these luxurious Lunar Festival armaments.

Time-Limited Lunar Festival Pet Outfits

  • The Lunar Festival pet outfits return for a limited time. Celebrate the New Year with costumes for your parrot and monkey pets!
    The Lunar Festival Pet Outfits are time-limited for the duration of the January update.

Order of Souls Possessed Pets

  • The Order of Souls has bestowed life upon these unique and unusual pets. Pick up a Possessed Cat or Monkey and head off to claim some Bounties!

Vigilant Weapon Pose Emotes

  • Show your enemies you mean business with these new battle-ready weapons poses.

Heroic Emotes

  • Be the hero of the seas that you know yourself to be with this evocative range of heroic poses.

Free Plead Emote

  • All you have is bananas? Really want that pineapple your crewmate has stored away? Beg your crewmate for delicious fruit with this free Plead Emote.

New Year Sale!

  • Seek out the Sale tab for a chance to purchase a range of ship sets, emotes, pets and weapons at a discounted price!

Lunar Festival Bundle (Store Only)

  • Available only from the Xbox, Microsoft and Steam Stores, this bundle contains the bejewelled Lunar Festival Weapon Bundle and Lunar Festival Costume along with 550 Ancient Coins and a 25,000 gold bonus for use in the Outpost shops! Head to the Microsoft Store or Steam Item Store to find out more.

Outpost Cosmetics

Dark Adventurers Set

  • For Legends looking to flaunt their worth, the Dark Adventurers set has arrived. The Pirate Legend shop now offers the new Dark Adventurers weapons, equipment and instruments, available exclusively to those who have become Legend.

Silent Barnacle Set

  • The Outpost shipwrights, along with the clothing, equipment and weapon shops, now offer the Silent Barnacle set for purchase. Players must obtain the Hoarder of Barnacled Gold Commendation to unlock access to this set.

Bedraggled Castaway Bilge Rat Set

  • The Outpost clothing shops now stock the Bedraggled Castaway Bilge Rat clothing set, available to purchase for gold.

Legacy Event Cosmetics

  • Previous rewards from the 12 Deeds of Giving, Plundered Presents and Grogmanay Events have now been added to the Outpost shops.
  • The Eastern Winds equipment, Frostbite Cannons, Order of Souls Bucket, Gold Hoarders Spyglass, Tankard and Speaking Trumpet can now be found in their respective stores, locked behind Commendations.

Gameplay Improvements

Arena Communication

  • To create a more welcoming experience when joining The Arena, changes have been made to how crews can communicate in this mode – find out more in this developer Forum post.
  • In the Arena tavern and during active Arena gameplay, cross-crew voice chat and cross-crew text chat are now restricted, leaving non-verbal as the only cross-crew communication option.
  • Players can continue to communicate within their own crew using all available communication options.

Recommended Crew Size

  • When browsing the Ship Selection Screen, each ship now indicates the crew size recommended to operate the vessel.

Updates

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Pirates will work to earn Renown by playing the game and completing Trials. Microsoft

120Hz Performance Mode

  • On the Xbox Series X console, a performance mode is available supporting 120Hz at 1080p. Some TVs do not support 120Hz and HDR simultaneously, so HDR may need to be disabled from the Console Settings.

Larinna's Black Market

  • The Black Market 'Goodies for Gold' tab has been removed and the Ritual Skull Stash Voyage moved to the Doubloon store.

Fixed Issues

Gameplay

  • Reduced the frequency of players encountering an extended black screen or becoming stuck when using a mermaid or returning from the Ferry of the Damned.
  • Skeleton ships should now take hull damage when on fire.
  • When performing consecutive heavy cutlass strikes, the lunge animation should now show correctly when blocking between each strike.
  • Opening or closing a Collector's Chest held by another player should now correctly show as opened or closed for the player holding it.
  • Items inside a Collector's Chest should now only be retrievable when the chest is open.
  • Washed-up items should no longer appear to hover above ground when leaving the area and coming back.
  • The Frozen Horizon and Nightshine Parrot Wheels have been modified to make it more obvious when the ship is sailing straight.
  • The Sailor Cannon Flare now has the correct name and description.

Pirate Emporium

  • The Soulflame Ship Bundle now uses the correct local currency pricing.

Mysterious Notes

  • Notes should now read correctly, even when shown to others.
  • Stowing a Mysterious Note and re-equipping it from the radial should result in it being wielded as expected.

Tall Tales

  • Vault Totems acquired during a Tall Tale can no longer be sold to representatives of the Gold Hoarders or Reaper's Bones.
  • 'Shores of Gold' – While exploring the Shores of Gold, if another crew starts the Tall Tale the medallions should no longer appear in the air within the Vault.

Localization

  • To improve readability, the font size in Korean and Chinese languages has been increased in a range of areas along with additional punctuation.

Environment

  • During the Fort of the Damned encounter, a number of areas where Graymarrow could become stuck in the surrounding environment have been improved.
  • Players should no longer get stuck on a broken staircase after exiting the Gold Hoarder Throne Room.
  • Players should no longer be able to fall or see through the environment on Shark Bait Cove.
  • Players should no longer get stuck and teleported when attempting to ascend the stairs in a tavern.
  • Players should no longer be able to swim under the map on Plunder Outpost.

Visual and Audio

  • Sound should no longer become distorted and increase in volume when a player surfaces from water or is briefly submerged by a wave.
  • During a Ghost Ship encounter, Captain Ghost Ships should now use portals to spawn and teleport.
  • The sails equipped on Skeleton and Ghost Ships now consistently appear in high quality.
  • The Castaway Bilge Rat Eyepatch icon has been updated.
  • The Confusion and Face, Meet Palm emotes should now have appropriate iconography.
  • Having multiple Riddle Quests for one island should no longer cause music to trigger multiple times.
  • Approaching a lit beacon with an unraised lit lantern should no longer show an empty tooltip.
  • Island banners should now have appropriate iconography in The Ancient Isles and The Shores of Plenty.
  • Buying items, Voyages and Titles should no longer cause a black grid to flash up on the screen.

Performance and Stability

  • When trying to join a crew that has disbanded, players should now receive an appropriate error message.
  • While Sea of Thieves is suspended, joining a game should no longer cause instability.
  • Further improvements made to server performance, reducing latency during gameplay.
  • Improvements made to server stability, reducing disconnections during gameplay.

As expected, the bulk of the Sea of Thieves Season One update is focused on the new additions to the game for its first official season. These include the paid Plunder Pass with 11 unique cosmetics, the free Renown progression system with 100 levels to climb and the addition of Trials to aid in said climb. Simply put, Sea of Thieves is becoming more similar to the other serviced-based games and battle royales you might already be playing.

Rare's iteration on the format, however, seems to offer players a lot at no additional cost. Still, there are paid rewards for those who wish to spend the extra $10 in Ancient Coins. The cosmetics are aplenty, but it should be noted that all Plunder Pass items will eventually make their way to the Emporium. In other words, if there's only one Plunder skin that you like, it may be smarter to buy that as its own item down the line rather than investing in the Plunder Pass upfront.

The Season One update also includes few noteworthy features we weren't expecting. Perhaps the most interesting item on the list is the 120 Hz mode tailored to those taking to the high seas on Xbox Series X. While we would've liked to see support for the Series S as well, it'll still be interesting to experience Sea of Thieves at such high framerates.

We're also pretty happy with the updated communication guidelines too, as anything that removes toxicity from the community is well worth implementing. While most of the minor adjustments in Sea of Thieves' latest update amount to bug fixes, Rare has snuck in some cool surprises to kick off Season One.

Sea of Thieves is available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC.

What are your thoughts on Sea of Thieves Season One so far? Are you happy with the update? Tell us in the comments section!