Alongside regular content updates, Sea of Thieves players can expect weekly events featuring various goals and new mechanics. First up is a content update called The Hungering Deep, which adds "a new AI threat" for crews to "discover and defeat as part of a unique event".
It is slated to arrive in May, and five more content updates are in the plan for 2018. It sounds like Sea of Thieves fans will need to wait to find out what this new threat will be, but Rare says it will require that players, or teams of players will need to work together to uncover it.
Rare plans to launch two other content updates this summer: "Cursed Sails" will introduce a new ship type and "Forsaken Shores" will let players a new part of the world. Among other features, Cursed Sails will herald the arrival of a new ship type while Forsaken Shores, as evident by its name, will offer a "perilous new part of the world to explore". The only hint given is that it will introduce new rewards and new mechanics. That'll arrive in May, followed by weekly events with "new ways to play".
The weekly events will introduce new mechanics and events in the existing game world to encourage players to discover areas of the world that have not necessarily been utilized to their fullest yet and earn exclusive rewards plus help players progress with certain alliances.
The Hungering Deep is due in May and will add "a new AI threat" to the game world.
The studio added that the previously announced ship captaincy mechanic and the microtransactions based pets have been delayed to prioritize development of the upcoming content updates.
Content plans will continue to grow and evolve, based on feedback from players. Expect plans to continue to be fluid but always with the goals listed above as a guiding principle.
The next big addition to Sea of Thieves is a content update called The Hungering Deep.