Upcoming Sea of Thieves Update Will Require Players to Download and Reinstall Game From Scratch

Upcoming Sea of Thieves Update Will Require Players to Download and Reinstall Game From Scratch

Rare promises that it's all for a good purpose, though.

Rare announced a new improvement to Sea of Thieves that reduces the overall install size of the base game. The only problem is you're going to have to reinstall the full game when the update drops on February 6.

In a new video published by Rare today, Sea of Thieves executive producer Joe Neate announced an optimization update coming soon to Sea of Thieves. As Rare has published more and more content updates for Sea of Thieves, it has found the install size of the base game crawling up. So Rare figured out a way to keep the Sea of Thieves install size manageable while also making it easier for Rare to deliver updates going forward.

For the optimizations to take effect, players will need to download a larger than normal update on Wednesday, February 6, where they'll have to download and reinstall the full game. While a new optimization update might not be as sexy as a content drop or DLC, it's an important improvement that will hopefully make the whole Sea of Thieves experience smoother for players going forward.

Neate promises significant improvements to how Rare tests and delivers content updates after the optimization effort. Plus, it's always nice to know that you're going to have a little more room on your console's storage once Rare shrinks down the install size of Sea of Thieves.

The most recent expansion for Sea of Thieves was the Forsaken Shores update, which added a new high-level area called Devil's Roar. New players looking to get into Sea of Thieves can download the game as part of Xbox Game Pass, though maybe wait until February 6 when the install size is going to be lowered.

For more check out our Sea of Thieves guide for walkthroughs, starter tips, trailers, and more.

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