Includes new Merchant Alliance voyage type.Sea of Thieves’ previously revealed battle pass will launch its first season of player progression and rewards next Wednesday, 27th January.
Sea of Thieves’ free battle pass – intended to offer a “tangible sense of progress”, even when engaging in shorter sessions – will feature 100 progress levels (with associated seasonal rewards) that can be unlocked through exploration, adventuring, and combat. There’s also talk of pirate trials “that celebrate…existing content and encourage you to play in new ways”.
Notably, this new seasonal model marks a shift in development strategy for the multiplayer pirate game. Instead of delivering new content on a monthly basis, as was the case previously, Rare will now deliver new features every three months, at the start of each new season.
As far as Season One goes, that includes a new voyage type for the perennially unpopular Merchant Alliance trading company, which will supposedly require players to follow clues across land and sea in order to locate a lost ship wreck and shipment.
Sea of Thieves News, December 2nd 2020.
In addition to the core battle pass, which will be made available to all players for free, there’s also a premium offering, known as the Plunder Pass. This will unlock discounts for existing items in the premium Pirate Emporium store, alongside “a few” exclusive items.
We’ll know more when Season One gets underway next Wednesday on Xbox and PC.