You’re going to need a bigger boat because the first big content drop for Sea of Thieves has arrived, and it’s largely focused on giant, gnarled-toothed shark death. It’s called The Hungering Deep, and it brings new story content, fresh quest lines, a lot of new items, and a few tweaks and fixes along with it.
All but the most enthusiastic Sea of Thieves players will admit that the game is low on things to do once you’ve tired of smuggling chickens and so on, and Rare has been hard at work putting things in motion to remedy this problem. The Hungering Deep is the first phase of this plan, revolving around a new AI threat that encourages co-operative play even between rival crews. To take on the terror that lurks beneath, crews are going to have to stop murdering each other for a moment and work together.
This is precisely what Sea of Thieves needs. Much more of this.
Other additions play to this same goal, like the new speaking trumpet that lets ships communicate with other crews further away, and new flags to signify your piratey intentions to other crews. There’s a lot more going on here, including tattoo sets, scars, drums, and a number of customisation items for your ship and your pirate, as well as the usual array of bug fixes and performance improvements.
Here are the patch notes in full:
The Hungering Deep
- Bilge Rats – To stay in the know as to what is changing in the Sea of Thieves, visit the Bilge Rat character in the taverns to discover what time-limited events are active. Whether it’s The Hungering Deep or future events, this is the place to go.
- New Threat – Something old, vast and hungry is surfacing. Follow the trail of riddles and rumours. We hope you live to tell the tale.
- Speaking Trumpet – Parley. Let other ships know if you are friend or foe with the new Speaking Trumpet, making yourself heard from longer distances. The first Speaking Trumpet is obtainable through The Hungering Deep campaign, but purchasable variants will be arriving in the shops in the near future.
- Ship’s Flags – Want to sink and plunder, or seek allies to adventure with? Let your intentions be known with new flags which can be raised high above your ship.Climb up to the crow’s nest and decide which to raise.
- Drum –Pirate percussionists (inspired by Merrick himself) can now be heard all across the seas. The first drum is obtainable through The Hungering Deep campaign, but purchasable variants will be arriving in the shops in the near future.
- Tattoos – Many pirates wanted them and now they are here. Check out the vanity chest for 16 sailor tattoo sets and visit the clothing shop on outposts for stocks of four purchasable tattoo sets.
- Scars – What enemies have fallen to your pirate might? Scars earned through campaigns and events such as The Hungering Deep will allow you to tell a story of your pirate’s history and adventures. These are not purchasable, they must be earned.
- Shark Hunter Figurehead, Sails, Hull & Flag – With the strange increase in shark activity in the seas, shark hunting is on the rise. Shipwrights have caught on early to this trend and now stock a new figurehead, sail, hull and flag.
- Sailor Sail Tints – Want a splash of color on your ship but don’t have the coin? Those Shipwrights are impossible to bargain with. Sailor color variants for you more cost-conscious pirates are now being stocked. These include Black, Grass Green, Royal Blue, Red and Yellow.
- Majestic Sovereign Clothing – If it’s time to freshen up your look, check out the new Majestic Sovereign set in the clothing shop, it may tickle your fancy. Remember stock is different from outpost to outpost, so you may want to check the Ancient Isles.
- Item Color Variants – Purchased the Grand Admiral, Castaway Bilge Rat, Ruffian Sea Dog or Imperial Sovereign clothing sets but want matching items? Now they are here. Shipments have arrived at the equipment shops on outposts.
- Pirate Legend Dress – We heard feedback from our Pirate Legends that in the approach to summer, a breezy alternative to the existing Legendary attire would be appreciated. Future Pirate Legends will automatically be awarded this dress, and existing Pirate Legends can grab it in the Hideout for free.
- Ghost Dress – Arriving in the same shipment as the Pirate Legend Dress, pirates can now complete the Ghost set with the dress, stocked in the Pirate Legends Hideout clothing shop.
- Pirate Legend Flag – Rush to the Shipwright in the Pirate Legends Hideout to get yours.
- Pirate Preview Camera – The daily dilemma for every pirate, what to wear?! Make that an informed decision with the new animations within the clothing and vanity chests. These new animations will bring focus to the area you are currently equipping.
- Loading Screen – In case too much grog has made some pirates forget… the loading screen imagery has been updated to highlight The Hungering Deep campaign.
- CPU performance has been improved when loading objects.
- Further improvements and optimizations for all platforms are ongoing.
- Permanent black loading screens will no longer be encountered when returning from the Ferry or using the mermaid.
- Leaving and returning to the ship will no longer remove the tool-tip to unload cannons which are loaded.
Upon starting a Merchant Contract or Bounty Voyage, the UI message will correctly state “Quest Received” rather than “Maps Discovered”.
- Coral and plants will no longer appear to pop in when approaching the reef near Fools Lagoon.
- Light will no longer appear to flicker underneath the large eagle rock on Plunder Valley.
- Upon spawning at an outpost, an issue has been resolved which would occasionally cause the crew’s Galleon to be missing.
- Resolved a known cause of some player disconnects.
- Multiple server and client crash fixes.
- Customer Support have resolved all known issues for players missing downloadable content in-game. If you are still experiencing this, please refer to this Support Article, and if you still cannot find your items in-game, submit a support ticket.
- Washed-up items, including messages in bottles, are still disabled. Team still working on getting these switched back on as soon as possible.
- Dropping Skeleton Fort keys in water can prevent them from being picked up again.
- Athena’s Fortune Bounty Quest skeletons are sometimes unable to be found. Team is working to resolve issues on the reported islands: Plunder Valley and Thieves’ Haven.