Sea of Thieves has received monthly content updates for nearly three years, and though the plan hasn't slowed during the pandemic, the team at Rare says November's update won't be as flashy as some others.
When the November 2020 update goes live this week, executive producer Joe Neate says the patch will consist largely of "bug fixes and improving the core Sea of Thieves experience for all players." He added that the game's end-of-year updates will lay the groundwork for some significant changes to come in 2021.
"We’ve been busy with more than the regular updates you’ve already experienced: we’re hard at work behind the scenes on some significant changes that will lead us into 2021, with plans in motion for how we continue supporting the game and some major news still to come," Neate reassured fans. "Sea of Thieves isn’t slowing down any time soon."
Neate also said the update won't bring bug fixes exclusively. There will be new in-game challenges to complete, including the continuation of the October Voyage of the Damned missions, which are now all available in the game until December 9.
In September, the team introduced new Vault of the Ancients voyages, which allowed players to explore lucrative vaults away from the Tall Tales story missions that brought them there. In this week's update, those missions expand to include the Devil's Roar region as a new possibly destination for such a mission.
Neate also promised the next Gold and Glory Weekend, Sea of Thieves' equivalent to a Double XP event, will occur during the weekend of US Thanksgiving next week.
Store updates to the Pirate Emporium include new cosmetics for all kinds of pets, the return of the Festival of Plenty weapon cosmetics, and the Fightin' Frogs ship set making its in-game store debut after a limited exclusivity window to players who finished the first act of 2020's Battletoads.
Concluded Neate, "We have some significant and exciting changes coming as we move into what’s likely to be Sea of Thieves’ biggest year yet, and we’re excited to share our thoughts with you all soon!"
The Sea of Thieves November 2020 update arrives tomorrow, November 18.