Sea of Thieves is loading up the ship to prepare for the first of three major summer updates beginning with the Cursed Sails update teased at E3 2018. The new update will see permanent new changes including three-player Brigantine ships, and the ability to form Alliances with other players.
To celebrate, Rare will launch the Cursed Sails limited campaign on July 31 which will see the seven seas become overrun with skeleton ships that terrorize island outposts and attack player ships to battle. There will be unique rewards limited to the event that players can earn for besting these skeleton marauders.
Permanent changes like the new three player ships and alliances will remain in the game even after the Cursed Sails come down, so after July 31 everyone will be able to form smaller, tighter-knit crews, and form bonds with fellow pirates if they choose.
Sea of Thieves Cursed Sails was revealed at E3 2018 with a cinematic trailer, but you can see the new trailer showcasing the skeleton pirate crews attacking outposts above. We spoke with Rare at E3 2018 about Sea of Thieves, and specifically how the game has performed as Rare's first live-service game, and first-party Game Pass title (Spoiler: It's done very well).
When we reviewed Sea of Thieves we found Rare's pirate co-op adventure a fun distraction but could stand to have more content. Thanks to the live-service nature of these games though, that content is still coming regularly. For more on Sea of Thieves check out our complete Sea of Thieves beginner's guide for walkthroughs, tips, and tricks.