Patch Notes Discussion - 1.4.0

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    Release Notes - 1.4.0

    Ahoy pirates!

    This update introduces Shrouded Spoils, the latest free update for Sea of Thieves. As a treacherous fog engulfs the waters, pirates can discover a variety of new features and improvements. Fresh hazards threaten unwary ships, but there are more riches to earn and more ways to build your legend.


    Shrouded Spoils

    This content update also introduces and showcases a whole host of new features that will persist in Sea of Thieves beyond the time-limited event:

    Galleon customised with the time-limited Wailing Barnacle set.

    • Expanded Ship Customisation - Pirates can now flaunt their riches by customising their ship's wheel, cannons and capstan! These new cosmetics can be bought from Shipwrights across the Sea of Thieves and their stock is split by region (matching locations to our existing sets). So if you want to round out a cosmetic set, visit the Shipwright you bought it from the first time around!

    Galleon and Sloop sailing through fog.

    • Fog - Additional care needs to be taken when sailing the seas, as fog has now been reported across the Sea of Thieves!

    Pirate aiming cannon at new Megalodon variety.

    • Megalodon Variety - More of these toothy fiends (each with their own distinctive look) have reached the surface. Shrouded Spoils introduces the Crested Queen, Shadowmaw, Ancient Terror and the extremely rare Shrouded Ghost!
    • Kraken Updates - The difficulty of Kraken encounters has been increased and balanced for different crew sizes, meaning it can now assault any ship, even your Sloop! Watch out for its new slap attack too. The seas just got more perilous...
    • Kraken and Megalodon Rewards - Loot can now be found bobbing on the surface after defeating a Megalodon or Kraken.
    • Activated Skeleton Forts - Six additional Skeleton Forts have now been occupied by the undead.
    • Fort Commodities - Loot in Forts can now include the extra-powerful Stronghold Gunpowder Keg. Ancient Bone Dust crates can also be found and exchanged for Gold and reputation with the Merchant Alliance.
    • Skeleton Ships - Players can now encounter passive and aggressive emergent Skeleton Ships anywhere in the world! Passive ships just want to go about their business but they will fight back if you attack them. Best of luck if one of the more aggressive ones surfaces near you...
    • Mermaid Statues - These have reappeared on the sea bed of the Sea of Thieves! They also now drop Gems when defeated which can be cashed in with any Trading Company for Gold and reputation.
    • Raise your Tankard - You can now raise your grog to fellow pirates to celebrate a lucrative adventure or commiserate a crewmate sent to the Ferry of the Damned.
    • Time-Limited Items - Spend your hard-earned Doubloons on the Wailing Barnacle sails, hull, figurehead, flag, cannons, wheel and capstan. These won't be available forever, so buy them while you can!
    • Commendations - Shrouded Spoils introduces 17 additional commendations for pirates to achieve.
    • Commendation Grouping - Commendations in the quick menu are now grouped by campaign/Bilge Rat Adventure to make them easier to navigate.
    • Pirate Legend Commendations - 20 additional Commendations have been added as part of this update, exclusively for Pirate Legends to pursue.
    • Bilge Rat Titles - Shrouded Spoils introduces 11 additional titles. Are you a Legendary Kraken Hunter or Hoarder of Mermaid Treasure? The Pirate Legends of the seas can now also become Pioneers of Athena's Fortune.
    • Bilge Rat Doubloons - Earn a total of 355 Doubloons by achieving the Commendations added as part of Shrouded Spoils. These Doubloon rewards are here to stay!

    Cosmetics

    • Stream Sailor Makeup - This new look, inspired by a famous pirate who was known for her sense of style and loyal following is now stocked across all Outpost's.
    • Sea Dogs Ship Cosmetics - The Sea Dogs capstan, wheel and cannons are now available to purchase from the Shipwright in The Wilds. These are locked behind progression with the Order of Souls.
    • Sovereign Ship Cosmetics - The Sovereign capstan, wheel and cannons are now available to purchase from the Shipwright in The Ancient Isles. These are locked behind progression with the Goldhoarders.
    • Admiral Ship Cosmetics - The Admiral capstan, wheel and cannons are now available to purchase from the Shipwright in The Shores of Plenty. These are locked behind progression with the Merchant Alliance.
    • Kraken Ship Cosmetics - The Kraken capstan, wheel and cannons are now available for purchase from the Shipwright in The Devil's Roar.
    • Bone Crusher Ship Cosmetics - The Bone Crusher capstan, wheel and cannons are now available to purchase from the Shipwright in The Devil's Roar.
    • Ocean Crawler Ship Cosmetics - The Ocean Crawler capstan, wheel and cannons are now available to purchase from the Shipwright in The Devil's Roar.
    • Pirate Legend Cosmetics - The Legend capstan, wheel and cannons can now be purchased from the Shipwright within the Pirate Legends' Hideout. Alongside the ship additions, the hideout is also stocking the Legend shovel, compass, lantern, tankard, spyglass and pocket watch. These require various Pirate Legend commendations to be complete before they can be purchased.
    • Ghost Sail and Flag - These cosmetics have now been updated and appear with an eerie glow!

    Updates

    • Cannonball Radial - When docked to a cannon, players can now select which type of cannonball to load from the nifty new radial menu.
    • Achievement Rebalancing - We've listened to feedback and adjusted the requirements of some of the achievements related to cashing in items. These are: Black Powder Merchant, Merchant Voyager, Merchant Forager, Voyager of Lost Souls, Golden Voyager, Hoarder of Barnacled Gold, Hoarder of the Captain’s Gold and Master Hunter of Villainous Skulls. Players who earned those achievements before the rebalance will receive an exclusive in-game item to mark their prowess over the next couple of weeks. If you find you now meet the requirements, just cash in one more item to trigger your achievement!
    • Devil's Roar Rebalancing - Based on player feedback and data analysis, The Devil's Roar has cooled off a little. Volcanoes will now erupt less frequently and volcanic rocks will hit players and their ships less frequently.
    • Gunpowder Barrels - Explosions from Gunpowder Barrels now damage Kraken tentacles.
    • Treasure Glint - Sunken or floating treasure will now glint to make it easier to spot.
    • Rowboat Push - The angle from which you can push a stuck Rowboat has been improved, which should make it easier to get it out of tight spots!
    • Hear That Grog - Players will now hear the hearty slosh of their grog as they jump with, walk with or raise their tankard. Cheers!
    • Rowboat Docking - Players can now dock/detach the Rowboat from their ship while sitting in the Rowboat.

    Performance Improvements

    We are constantly reviewing the performance and stability of each patch and providing performance optimisations and stability improvements..


    Fixed Issues

    Gameplay

    • Smashed rum bottles will still appear smashed when returning from the Ferry of the Damned.
    • The ship's bell is correctly affected by the wind and turbulence in a storm.
    • In Trading Company shops in non-English languages, Company items will now have the required rank translated.
    • Stats that contribute to Commendations are now tracked when completing Skeleton Ship battles as a Pirate Legend.
    • Player camera angles can no longer become incorrectly clamped after being grabbed by a Kraken tentacle.
    • Players can no longer potentially be sucked through the ship by the Kraken when targeted.
    • Fixed several issues which caused player camera chaos after being thrown by the Kraken.
    • Skeleton Ships will no longer ping into the air on occasion.
    • Players will no longer be teleported if they run into the head of a Kraken tentacle as it wraps around their ship.
    • Upon leaving and returning to a caged pig, it will no longer be difficult to feed when holding a banana.
    • If drowned by a Kraken tentacle, players will no longer be locked in a 180 degree camera rotation when spawning on the Ferry of the Damned.
    • Equipped ship flags will persist after a crew opts to scuttle their ship.
    • Players can no longer buy Letters of Recommendation from Duke when they are already at the max level with the selected Trading Company.
    • Snakes in baskets can no longer attack players through the decks of ships.
    • During Skeleton Ship battles there will no longer be occasional long delays between waves.

    Server Migration

    • Players who defeat a Fort and migrate will no longer find the Fort door shut, making it impossible to collect their treasure.
    • Migrated treasure will now sink after the standard duration has expired.
    • Crews are now eligible for server migration when they have a Rowboat docked to their ship.
    • After migrating, players will now once again receive pop-ups when digging up treasure chests for in-progress voyages.
    • If ship barrels are empty when players migrate, they will no longer get restocked.
    • After server migration, players can no longer get into a state where they can't loot barrels.

    Sound & Visuals

    • Whilst selecting a ship, players will now hear sound effects to accompany the character animations on the left side of the screen.
    • SFX will no longer incorrectly repeat.
    • Smoke VFX will now appear correctly when shooting any gun while swimming on the surface of the water.
    • Upon charming and killing a snake, the hissing noise will no longer persist in that location.
    • Skeletons on Skeleton Ships will no longer occasionally T-pose when moving around the ship.
    • The Ghost Hook will no longer overlap with items held in players' hands.
    • Campfire flames no longer clip through the cooking pot at Stephen's Spoils Seapost.
    • The "We Shall Sail Together" music is no longer missing from multiple Hideout entrances.
    • When first approaching a Skeleton Galleon, it is no longer temporarily displayed as a player Galleon.

    Environment

    • When looking at clouds from underwater, they no longer have a dark halo.
    • When looking at underwater explosions from above the surface, they no longer have a dark halo.
    • Skeleton Ship Clouds will no longer be hidden by other clouds.
    • Players will no longer collide with the terrain and fail to fire out of the cannon on the East of Ashen Reaches.
    • Players are no longer able to walk up the vertical rock on the West of Morrow's Peak Outpost.
    • Fixed a rock which players could see through on Flintlock Peninsula.
    • If there is a Gunpowder Barrel explosion inside a Skeleton Fort keep, it will no longer cause Gunpowder Barrels within the vault to explode.
    • The moon no longer appears in front of the clouds.
    • Water will no longer temporarily appear gelatinous upon approach.
    • Players will no longer be teleported when swimming into the pier on Sanctuary Outpost.

    UI

    • Commendation pop-ups no longer appear twice.
    • Players' titles are now still displayed in the escape menu after they've died.
    • The top right of the Vanity Chest UI will now correctly update when players equip a different title.

    Known Issues

    • Players migrated while standing in a Rowboat will be teleported to the middle of the map.
    • After buying Company Promotions on the Morrow's Peak Outpost, traders don't have new voyages to sell.
      Traders will have voyages if the player rejoins the game, or waits until 6am on the next in-game day.

    Download size:

    Xbox One: 2.94GB
    Xbox One X: 2.94GB
    Windows 10: 4.22GB

    Xbox Installation Instructions can be found here.

    PC Installation Instructions can be found here.


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    What an amazing list! So many quality of life improvements and fixes. I just finished reading them all and I am impressed! Great work!

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    @jagnew92 LOOK AT THAT LIST OF CHANGES!

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    Hear That Grog - Players will now hear the hearty slosh of their grog as they jump with, walk with or raise their tankard. Cheers!

    Probably the best feature!

    Let's hunt those skellies and lovely creatures 🎉

    Cheeeers! * raise tankard *

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    Another amazing update, and look at all those bug fixes and QoL updates! I cannot wait to get sailing tonight!

    See you out on the seas everyone!

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    That is simply an awe inspiring list of new content and fixes! Well done Sea of Thieves team! Well done...INDEED! :-d

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    As I mentioned in another thread

    This is going to make a lot of people happy

    Activated Skeleton Forts - Six additional Skeleton Forts have now been occupied by the undead.

    What an update!, excellent work @rare-employee

    WOW

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    @jagnew92 This is a great list of features! The new megladons sound intriguing, and I love how things such as Mermaid Statues and figuring the Kraken/Megladons give rewards. This update is great for giving an incentive for people to do certain things within the game, and that will keep it going for a longer time. Can't wait to play!

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    Great list of updates and fixes can't wait to get my hands on the new mega keg and blow some stuff up!!

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    Hope you all enjoy the wealth of content and fixes with this update :)

    Can't wait to get on myself.

    Have fun, keep a keen eye when traversing the fog and good luck on your loot!

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    This is an amazing update not only the content is great but also all the quality of life improvements!

    Sadly I joined the sea to late to get the achievements done before this update.

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    @piratecraggy it certainly is Craggy! There is a LOT here that the forum has been asking for now - gems can go to ANY trading company, new loot from forts (all of which are active), loot from Meg and Karen, More customisation - with glowy sails for the legends who wanted it, a few new commendations for those A10 rank players to go for and of course

    BIG EXPLOSIONS!

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    What an epic update! Some real great QoL changes here! Great job Rare!

    Also amazing job with all those bugs that have been squashed!

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    @sshteeve

    Yip... love the Meg/Kraken & Mermaid additions... makes a Pirates Life worthwhile.
    So much more to do, & now we have more reasons to do them!!!

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    Thank you very much for this update! There is so much awesome stuff here it is like a plump pirate with an eye patch, white beard, and wearing a red jacket just left his entire Chest of Goodies under our ship wheel early this year.

    Pirate Santa

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    @jagnew92 This is finally starting to look like a proper video game! Cheers!

    Devil's Roar Rebalancing - Based on player feedback and data analysis, The Devil's Roar has cooled off a little. Volcanoes will now erupt less frequently and volcanic rocks will hit players and their ships less frequently.

    Took way to long, but thanks for listening. Need to see how much of an improvement this is.

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    Now this is a game! Great before but really community provoked and player thoughtful changes. Awesome.

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    The new Content Page is live by the way and it's really awesome!

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    @skulliah

    Thank you!!!
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    All of it!!!!!

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    @jagnew92 said in Patch Notes Discussion - 1.4.0:

    • Cannonball Radial - When docked to a cannon, players can now select which type of cannonball to load from the nifty new radial menu.

    Does this also let us use the cannonball key to cycle through the different types or do we have to use the radial?

    • The moon no longer appears in front of the clouds.
    • Commendation pop-ups no longer appear twice.
    • Players' titles are now still displayed in the escape menu after they've died.

    Great!

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    Yo @c3dpo, are Skeleton Sloops roaming the sea as well?
    Or are they just for the Skeleton Ships Naval Battles?


    Great update btw.

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    @sgt-palooggoo

    Skeleton Ships - Players can now encounter passive and aggressive emergent Skeleton Ships anywhere in the world! Passive ships just want to go about their business but they will fight back if you attack them. Best of luck if one of the more aggressive ones surfaces near you...

    The video with 'Jack' ( think I got his name ) says they are free roaming.... edit it's 'John' isn't it?

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    Thanks @piratecraggy, can't wait to get sinking em!

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    @piratecraggy said in Patch Notes Discussion - 1.4.0:

    @sgt-palooggoo

    The video with 'Jack' ( think I got his name ) says they are free roaming.... edit it's 'John' isn't it?

    I didn't even know he had a name!
    😂

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    @sgt-palooggoo

    Yeah.. the Skelly Ships in the fog should be fun, whether you are seeking them out or "just" come across them. :)

    Think this is now going to be the game we all thought it could be...
    I'm now officially impressed by the RARE team & their commitment to their "Baby'. Seriously great!

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    I already loved Rare, but this update takes my appreciation of them to a new level. They truly care about this game, the players, and the longevity of both. Other game studios should take note of this. This is how you treat your fans and consumers.

    Had a solid game and made it better over time instead of pumping out buyable content immediately like so many other games do. Whenever the buyable content comes along I will gladly purchase pets instead of having that feeling of why should I give money to a game that has no soul.

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    This might be my favorite update yet.

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    @sgt-palooggoo Sloops are just in the encounters / battles not free range / roaming :)

    Get killing those beasties and ships for all the loots!

    Hope you guys like the glint on floating treasure!

    Keep the feedback coming, good and bad its all valuable.

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    Huh, well thanks for the Info @c3dpo!

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    @c3dpo

    Just a suggestion/question. re "Skelly Forts".....

    A Commendation for completing each(All) "Skelly Forts"... now that they have opened up.

    edit... you might of already popped it in, but if you haven't... just a thought

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    wow, this update is amazing. great job, Rare. Game just keeps getting better.

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    looking good @Rare-Ltd

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    Achievement Rebalancing - We've listened to feedback and adjusted the requirements of some of the achievements related to cashing in items. These are: Black Powder Merchant, Merchant Voyager, Merchant Forager, Voyager of Lost Souls, Golden Voyager, Hoarder of Barnacled Gold, Hoarder of the Captain’s Gold and Master Hunter of Villainous Skulls. Players who earned those achievements before the rebalance will receive an exclusive in-game item to mark their prowess over the next couple of weeks. If you find you now meet the requirements, just cash in one more item to trigger your achievement!

    I feel these "exclusive" items should be obtainable after anyone hits the original 1000 threshold. If it was known that there would be a reward there would be a lot more people actively trying to grind this out rather than leaving it a distant goal.

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    Awesome update. But I think I'll need a crew bigger then one person this time...

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    @archangel-timmy said in Patch Notes Discussion - 1.4.0:

    Achievement Rebalancing - We've listened to feedback and adjusted the requirements of some of the achievements related to cashing in items. These are: Black Powder Merchant, Merchant Voyager, Merchant Forager, Voyager of Lost Souls, Golden Voyager, Hoarder of Barnacled Gold, Hoarder of the Captain’s Gold and Master Hunter of Villainous Skulls. Players who earned those achievements before the rebalance will receive an exclusive in-game item to mark their prowess over the next couple of weeks. If you find you now meet the requirements, just cash in one more item to trigger your achievement!

    I feel these "exclusive" items should be obtainable after anyone hits the original 1000 threshold. If it was known that there would be a reward there would be a lot more people actively trying to grind this out rather than leaving it a distant goal.

    Agree 100%

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