Sea of ​​Thieves Season 7 Reinvigorates the Loop for Longtime Players


When Xbox revealed Sea of ​​Thieves at E3 2015, I was immediately captivated by the possibilities of this pirate sandbox. The stunning art direction and interpreted scope of the project promised an online sandbox unlike anything gamers had experienced before. As a fan of social media-driven multiplayer games, I couldn’t wait to dip my toes in the virtual sand and embark on my own grand buccaneer adventure.

While my anticipation and expectations for Rare’s nautical outing were quite high, nothing could have prepared me for how long I would dive into Sea of ​​Thieves. After its release in March 2018, I’ve put hundreds of hours into this open-world action game. The core progression loop and gameplay systems were unique and refreshing, and in many ways Rare managed to deliver the ultimate pirate fantasy. My dedicated team of villains and I pillaged, plundered and fought to achieve “Year-One” pirate legend status.

Sea of ​​Thieves remains one of my favorite games of all time, and I’ve publicly declared its position as Xbox’s most important IP of the past decade. Still, my hourly investments over the past few years are shallow compared to the game’s first 18 months. Season seven, however, brought a host of meaningful additions that reignited the initial dependencies. From ship captaincy to pirate milestones, Sea of ​​Thieves’ latest update fundamentally reinvigorates the progression loop for long-time players. In other words, I’m back on my bullship blunderbuss.

The captaincy is finally here

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From day one, Sea of ​​Thieves featured decorative signs above the captain’s quarters aboard all ship types. Early speculation suggested that the incorporation of these nameplates implied that the captaincy was relatively close to launch. As we now know, just over four years later, that was not the case. Thankfully, the Captaincy has finally made its way to Sea of ​​Thieves, allowing players to purchase and name their own ships.

After a long wait, Sea of ​​Thieves has provided dedicated pirates with a greater sense of belonging. Instead of just spawning on a server with a blank keel of your choosing, the Harbor Master provides a way to permanently apply ship customizations. Captains who shelled out the 175,000 to 500,000 gold to secure their first sloop, brigantine, or galleon can then spend additional hard-earned coins to affix their favorite vanity items to the ship. This means that whenever you go sailing on a captained ship, your signature loadout will be locked and ready to go.

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I named my first sloop “Scoop There It Is” after the banger of 90s hip-hop group Tag Team.

Establishing your notoriety as a famous captain on the Sea of ​​Thieves involves choosing proper names for your ships. You will be responsible for naming the floating beauty when purchasing a boat of choice. As every other player on the seas can see your ship’s name on the horizon, it’s crucial to pick a nickname that captures the essence of your pirate escapades. There are certainly filters out there that prevent the most offensive terms, but generally speaking you’re free to get really weird with them. I named my first sloop “Scoop There It Is” after the banger of 90s hip-hop group Tag Team.

Another monumental advantage introduced with the captaincy is the elegantly dressed ruler. This collective of Bougie intermediaries offers extremely simplified freight transactions. Traditionally, players had to manually bring designated pieces of loot to the respective trading companies at the various outposts scattered across the Sea of ​​Thieves. The Sovereign is your one stop shop for loot trading. Any captain can take advantage of their convenient tents. For longtime players with hundreds of hours of bounty skulls, this is a boon in the quality of life department.

Milestones give me purpose again

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Since launch, the Sea of ​​Thieves team has worked diligently to produce seasonal progression, limited-time events, scripted adventures like A Pirate’s Life, and many other incentives designed to keep players engaged in the bin. pirate sand. I actively participated and thoroughly enjoyed the vast majority of these extra pieces of game content. Unfortunately, after reaching Pirate Legend status and amassing several million gold, I struggled to find motivations to grind Sea of ​​Thieves like I once did. However, the newly adopted Milestone system offers a substantial range of rewards and challenges.

When Sea of ​​Thieves transitioned to its seasonal content model, it familiarized players with the game’s fame mechanic. This transformative, limited-time progression rewarded every action a pirate performed during the season. In the vein of conventional Battle Passes, players earned gold, doubloons, and cosmetics for leveling up 100 levels of Renown in roughly three months. Two recently introduced Milestones accolades amplify this core concept by providing ongoing progression for your pirate and owned ships.

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Trinkets are confidently my favorite complement to milestones.

Whether it’s gorging on supplies or smashing grog mugs, Milestones constantly tracks all of your pirate stats. The novelty of knowing how many minutes your ship has been engulfed in flames is definitely fun. Yet the most exciting aspect of milestones is how they honor your accomplishments. Many players have desperately demanded RPG-like progression in Sea of ​​Thieves. While not directly tied to stats or power level, Season Seven brings us one step closer to satisfying that everlasting sense of player advancement.

Trinkets are confidently my favorite compliment to Milestones. These decorative trinkets are obtained by devoting yourself to a host of hyper-specific feats. If you want your precious bountiful olive adorned inside your ship, be prepared to spend some time casting your line. Admittedly, many of these challenges seem needlessly daunting, but your resolution will be immortalized for any hacker. I’m already looking at the assortment of trinkets I want to unlock for my ships, and restoring long-term goals within Sea of ​​Thieves is amazing.

Why Late Pirates Should Try Season 7

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Gold in Sea of ​​Thieves hasn’t provided exceptional value for a while. I cherished the thrill of fending off rival crews to rise through the ranks of the motley business corporations, but the parts associated with my endeavors weren’t quite as rewarding. This does not mean that I had nothing to buy, far from it. I simply locked myself into my pirate aesthetic early on and found myself unmotivated to strive towards the multi-million gold cosmetic items available for Pirate Legends.

Season 7 of Sea Thieves fully renewed my enthusiasm for diversions on the high seas and ushered in some telling tweaks to player progression. When I first jumped into the last update, I was sitting on almost 2 million gold; in the blink of an eye, I’m down to 100,000. For the first time in a very long time, there are items I can’t wait to spend my gold on. Milestones, Trinkets, and the Ship Captaincy are monumental additions for longtime players, and Season 7 manages to recapture some of that day one magic. If not, there’s never been a better time to try out this gripping adventure on Xbox Game Pass.

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