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Sea of Thieves Season 6, cross platform, Twitch drops and updates

Sea of Thieves: A Pirate's Life
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Rare's sandbox multiplayer pirate adventure, Sea of Thieves, has come a long way. Since first hitting Xbox One and PC in March 2018, the developer has been working on a host of post-launch patches and free DLC – with more staff working on the title now than in the run-up to its original release. 

The seafaring title continues to attract more players by offering continual improvements and additional content to the game's community, such as a move to include more storytelling elements in 2022, which we're already seeing implemented.

According to Rare (opens in new tab), within the game's first year, Sea of Thieves players collected and cashed in almost 750 million chests, skulls and items of cargo to amass a collective fortune of 642 billion gold. That number will have increased exponentially since, then, as the game has passed its third anniversary and has now amassed 20 million players since launch, with one million players now (opens in new tab) having reached ‘Pirate Legend’ status. 

As of April 2022, we've now reached Sea of Thieves' sixth season but as an open-ended online service game, there's plenty more to come. Season seven's details have just been confirmed too, and to help you keep on top of what's new and what's coming up, we've put together this handy page. This will be updated with all the latest announcements as they happen.

Sea of Thieves: Season 7

We got our first trailer for Sea of Thieves: Season 7 during the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase in June 2022. 

Presenting its latest updates through a thoroughly entertaining sea shanty, Captains of Adventure (as Season Seven is being called), introduces significant new features, like letting you customize and name your own ship. There's new cash-in points across the ocean too, and that arrives on July 21. 

You can watch this in full down below:

Sea of Thieves: Season 6

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The latest Sea of Thieves update is Season Six. You can see the full trailer below, but this newest upgrade expands the game’s narrative and adds six haunted Sea Forts, with more content teased for further into the season.

Season Six has been available since March 2022 and it’s free for all players with Xbox Game Pass and across Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam.

Sea of Thieves: A Pirate's Life

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Sea of Thieves received a Pirates of the Caribbean crossover, which became available on June 22 2021 for Xbox Series XXbox Series S, Xbox One and PC. The game is available to download for Xbox Game Pass subscribers. 

The trailer, which you can watch below, shows that players will encounter new enemies and challenges, such as cursed crews and bloodthirsty mermaids.

You can also learn more about how Sea of Thieves: A Pirate's Life came to be in this deep dive showcase video.

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Sea of Thieves: Update news and patch notes

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  • What's new?  Season 6 is underway with update 2.5.0.1

Season 6 is now underway and the latest update to the game, numbered 2.5.0.1, brings a bunch of fixes and improvements to the game, alongside its second limited-time Adventure.

These changes are detailed in full in the official Sea of Thieves release notes (opens in new tab), but some highlights from season 6 overall include the addition of six haunted sea forts for on-demand combat encounters, a new Voyage, a new Plunder Pass and, of course, new items.

The download sizes for this latest update are as follows:

  • Xbox Series X: 5.37 GB
  • Xbox Series S: 3.2 GB
  • Xbox One X: 5.37 GB
  • Xbox One: 3.2 GB
  • Microsoft Store: 4.84 GB
  • Steam: 4.9 GB

Sea of Thieves: Twitch drops

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Sea of Thieves isn’t just very playable, it’s very watchable and it’s hugely popular on Twitch. It’s not a surprise then, that Rare’s Twitch Drops are returning to the game for Season 6. 

These allow Sea of Thieves players to claim brand new in-game items simply by tuning in each day to watch the streams of participating Sea of Thieves partner’s for at least 20 minutes. Each item will be available for 24 hours, beginning and ending at 10am BST, after which the daily reward will change.

The last set Twitch Drops came and went in March 2022 but we’ll update this page when a new one is announced.

Sea of Thieves: How to Play

Sea of Thieves is now available on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One and PC. It's possible to purchase the game outright, but you can also pick up an Xbox Game Pass subscription where the entire game is included. 

If you're not sure whether Sea of Thieves is for you, picking up a Game Pass trial for free and playing the game for a short time through it is a good way to find out.

The game is not a port for PC or Xbox, it works equally on both and supports cross-play and cross-progression. The game runs at 60fps on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X owners can also play at 120fps. Xbox One players will have to make do with 30fps, while the PC version's are unlocked. Mouse, keyboard and controllers are all supported across console and PC, and you can cross-play across platforms.

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Vic Hood
Vic Hood

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