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.

Tagged with Action Adventure, FPS, News, PC, Rare, Xbox One.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Read this next

Xbox One S All-Digital "Maverick" Console Reportedly Releasing on May 7

Microsoft's rumored console hasn't been announced yet, but it's taking shape regardless.

Sea of Thieves is Offering Bonus XP and Gold to Players This Weekend

To help you ready up ahead of next week's one year celebration.

More News

"If We Are Going to Do [E3] as an Industry, Then We Need to Be Into It"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The theme of this year's E3 2019? Subscriptions and streaming, with every major company either participating or at least weighing in on the coming wave of services.

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Says E3 Just Isn't the Same Without Sony

Without the friendly rivalry, E3 suffered a little bit.

Cyberpunk 2077 Will Let You Create Transgender Characters

CD Projekt Red ultimately wants a robust character creator.

Amazon Game Studios Reportedly Lays Off Dozens of Employees

The studio still has yet to ship an original console game.

More on PC

Now That E3 2019 Is Done, What's Your Most Anticipated Game for the Rest of 2019?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | The smoke has cleared. Let's look ahead to what's next now.

How John Wick Hex's Action is Designed With the Help of the Film's Fight Choreographers

We check out the unique strategy game being developed with consultation from the film series' creators.

"If We Are Going to Do [E3] as an Industry, Then We Need to Be Into It"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The theme of this year's E3 2019? Subscriptions and streaming, with every major company either participating or at least weighing in on the coming wave of services.

Cyberpunk 2077 Will Let You Create Transgender Characters

CD Projekt Red ultimately wants a robust character creator.

Amazon Game Studios Reportedly Lays Off Dozens of Employees

The studio still has yet to ship an original console game.

The E3 2019 Awards: The Best Games We Saw at This Year's Show

Here are all the best games we saw at E3 2019, including our Game of the Show!

More Action Adventure Games

The E3 2019 Awards: The Best Games We Saw at This Year's Show

Here are all the best games we saw at E3 2019, including our Game of the Show!

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is the Better Marvel Game at E3 2019

The Switch delivers the Marvel experience I'm looking for.

All the Big Fan Theories That Have Already Emerged From the Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Reveal

It looks like Ganondorf is making his Breath of the Wild debut, and that can only spell trouble.