Sea of Thieves has been around since 2018, but today marks the beginning of seasonal updates, beginning with Season One. Season One is a free update for all Sea of Thieves players on PC and Xbox.

Sea of Thieves is no stranger to special events, but Season One introduces a new seasonal model and progression system, similar to other online games, such as Fortnite and Dauntless. Season One includes 100 levels of unlockable digital rewards and goodies. You can also purchase an optional Plunder Pass to gain additional premium rewards that are only available for purchasers.

Renown is a new progression system that tracks everything you do, to vanquishing monsters to plunder loot and exploring islands. You can also complete Trials to earn even more Renown.

Each season will feature Limited-Time Events. Season One’s has you taking down undead marauders to acquire their Soul Fragments.

Season One also adds Lost Shipman Voyages, tasking you with hunting down and retrieving missing cargo. Lost Shipman Voyages are a permanent new addition, and will persist even after Season One ends.

Microsoft is also adding a new Performance Mode for Xbox Series X owners. Performance Mode supports 120 frames per second at 1080p resolution – though you’ll also need a TV that can support 120hz.

Sea of Thieves is available on PC (Steam, Windows Store) and Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. Season One is scheduled to last for three months. It’s rated T for Teen.

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