Mysteries Unfold in Sea of Thieves!
The promise of Sea of Thieves is that it’s a fantastical pirate world, rich with high adventure, derring-do, hidden mysteries and ancient secrets to uncover. This is truer today than ever. When we were looking towards 2022 and how we wished to continue evolving the experience, we were excited to embrace ongoing Adventures and Mysteries alongside our commitment to new content added through Seasons, to make the Sea of Thieves world feel richer and more alive than ever before.
Players have already seen the start of our unfolding narrative in Adventures, and they’ll continue to see this episodic story play out throughout the rest of the year, progressing and adding new layers to the gripping Flameheart saga. However, the Sea of Thieves is bigger and stranger than anyone knows, and there are so many opportunities to create parallel stories and experiences to explore and establish broader themes.
This week marks the start of the first Sea of Thieves Mystery, which is something we’re especially proud of as an example of live storytelling that players have never really seen before, in this game or elsewhere.
When it comes to secrets and mysteries, we’ve previously used our world to keep players guessing, whether that’s foreshadowing upcoming content with mysterious structures building up over time or using the smallest changes in island dressing to inspire the imaginations of our players and encourage speculation. The biggest difference with Mysteries contrasted with what we’ve done previously is that they can progress dynamically, rather than being triggered by game updates. Players can expect numerous unfolding stages within a Mystery, with progression resulting from what they’ve discovered and the stage that the community has collectively reached.
Frankly, this is a game-changer in terms of the types of storytelling we can achieve with Mysteries, with genuine player surprises, twists and turns potentially happening at any time. Collectively, we consider Seasons, Adventures and now Mysteries as the cornerstones of the evolving Sea of Thieves world, with a connected sense of lore unfolding across all three elements. While Seasons and Adventures are designed to provide new experiences for as many players as possible, Mysteries will be a little different.
Through a combination of in-game puzzle-solving and elements discovered on other Sea of Thieves channels beyond the core game, Mysteries are designed to engage the efforts of the whole community to unravel. We’re excited to see how players engage with our first Mystery and we’re eager to learn how to improve what we do with this exciting new element of Sea of Thieves…
Now, this may all sound rather mysterious, and you’d expect me to discuss what this first Mystery is all about. However, that would take away the magic of uncovering it yourself. All I shall mention is that like many secrets on the seas, nothing is ever quite as it seems, and the truth is often stranger than you expect. Be alert for unusual sights on your Voyages and watch Sea of Thieves’ social channels as our first Mystery begins to unfold later this week. Glory awaits!