While Rare is preparing to launch Sea of Thieves' first content update next week, the studio has pushed out another weekly patch today. Available now to download on Xbox One and Windows 10, update 1.0.8 weighs in at 800MB across both platforms.
The update implements a couple of highly requested features by the community, first of them being independent aim sensitivity sliders. Players on both platforms will now be able to adjust the aim-down-sight sensitivity of the pistol, blunderbuss, and eye of reach sniper individually. The second feature is the ability to discard voyages through the quick menu, without needing to propose and cancel them.
There is also some good news for red-green colorblind players, as Rare has introduced a high contrast option for the X mark that appears on treasure maps for easier visibility, seen above, which can be enabled through the game's Accessibility Settings. The developer said that further accessibility options are planned.
Beyond that, instead of muting all communications from another crew member, players will now find options to mute only voice, text chat, as well as phrases from the chat wheel.
There is a range of other changes included in the update as well, many of them in the audio department:
- Did You Hear That? - When you are transmitting voice over your mic, an icon will now appear on screen to let you know that you are doing so.
- Stories Untold - Players will now come across more Lore books on their adventures.
- Give and Take - Resource Crates which are being held by players can now have items put into or removed from them.
- Distressed Chickens - The unsettling sound of a squawking chicken whilst caged is now... more bearable.
- Music of Legends - The musical sting that plays when entering the Legendary Hideout has been updated.
- Updated Voice Lines - Legendary Tavernkeeper Louise, the Pirate Lord and the Order of Souls NPC Olivia now have new ghostly-sounding voice lines.
- Visual Effects - Improved multiple VFX of weapon impact to grass terrain, and cannon impact to water.
- Icons - Updated the Chests UI to make it clearer that players can scroll through the filter tabs. Icons are now also prettier, bigger and generally better.
- Out Of Stock - Shipwrights and Weaponsmiths will no longer stock the eight cosmetic pieces which weren’t visually distinct enough.
- Launch Crew Eye of Reach - We kept it in for an extra week due to its popularity, but this time-limited item has now been removed from the weapon shops!
Also included are the ongoing performance improvements:
- Whilst on the ship and in multi-ship scenarios, performance has been improved.
- Server optimisations to reduce latency.
- Frame rates while streaming islands have been improved.
- Improved gunplay in high-latency network conditions.
- Multiple server and client crash fixes.
And finally, here are the fixed issues and the sole known issue in the update:
- Issues with giving items have been resolved and the feature is now re-enabled.
- Skeleton Fort keys will no longer drop into inaccessible locations.
- Dates displayed on pocket watches will no longer go out of sync.
- Fixed areas on Smugglers Bay and Plunder Valley where Bounty Skeletons were not spawning.
- Pirates should no longer lose their clothing upon respawning after death.
- Changing your bucket at the equipment chest will make the water spill out instead of just vanishing. So be careful not to flood your ship!
- Players should no longer encounter an issue where they are unable to interact with reward items floating in the water once they leave the area and return.
- Barrels of Plenty no longer disappear when respawning onto your ship after death.
- Improved skeleton movement in Skeleton Forts.
- Instruments will no longer sound muffled / cut out when being played on the back of a sloop.
- Opening the vanity chest multiple times in a short span of time will no longer cause your pirate preview to stop appearing.
- It is now possible to loot all items in Skeleton Fort vaults.
- The prompt to talk to the Merchant Alliance NPC on Sanctuary Outpost is no longer missing her name.
- Chicken movement should no longer appear jittery.
- Pirate Legend band in the Hideout now play audible shanties.
- The legendary Tavernkeeper was loading the wrong text loadout – the correct text loadout has been rebound to the NPC.
- Players will no longer incorrectly hear ambient sounds (storms/rain/birds) after using a mermaid, exiting the Ferry or being teleported after getting stuck.
- Some players cannot see their downloadable content in game.
Once you redeem your code, here is a Support Article that shows you where to find your items in game. If you still cannot find your items in game, please raise a support ticket to log this issue.
The game is currently undergoing maintenance, but since the update is already available to download, pirates will be able to sail back into the sea right away with the new changes once the servers come back up.
Barring any delays, The Hungering Deep update should arrive to Sea of Thieves on May 29, carrying at least what seems to be a megalodon according to Its teaser trailer that released last week.