Rare highlights several improvements in visual quality and performance for the upcoming re-release of Sea of Thieves on Xbox Series X and S.
Rare is preparing Sea of Thieves for a re-release on next-gen consoles, and according to developers, the game is going to look even better with the seemingly endless ocean being rendered in native 4K and 60fps on Xbox Series X. And less than a week ago, the pirate adventure received the Halloween-themed Fate of the Damned update with a handful of festive content.
The Fate of the Damned update has introduced new weekly challenges and voyages for players to take advantage of. Obviously, new missions come packed with enticing rewards and items to collect, so that pirate crews would be interested in embarking on these spooky adventures. While new challenges are primarily focused on fighting off the threat of Sea of the Damned, new voyages offer some proper narrative infused with investigative work and uncovering the mystery of missing pirates.
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According to a recent blog post by Sea of Thieves executive producer Joe Neate, Rare has done some impressive work optimizing its popular pirate game for the next generation of consoles. On Xbox Series X, the pirate simulator will run in full native 4K resolution with 60 frames per second, while on a slightly less powerful Xbox Series S, the game will sustain the very same 60 fps, but in 1080p. Although visual quality is the most obvious next-gen upgrade for the naval adventure title, the game also benefits from the greater processing power of both consoles, which results in significantly reduced loading times. Sea of Thieves will be available on Xbox Series X|S from launch day for newcomers, while existing owners will receive the upgraded version of the game via Smart Delivery.
With the upcoming Xbox Series X|S re-release of Sea of Thieves, now is the perfect time to learn some basics that might come in handy when first approaching the game. While the pirate game is not overly complicated by any means, there’re nonetheless specific gameplay mechanics that could be slightly confusing for newcomers. To treat such players right, Rare has recently launched the so-called Pirate Academy – a useful library with dozens of educational articles and tutorials covering the majority of Sea of Thieves features.
It’s quite pleasing to see that Rare decided to optimize and enhance Sea of Thieves for the upcoming generation of Xbox consoles, but there’s a lot more that can be done to improve the experience. For instance, the development team could have invested in high-definition textures and more sophisticated lighting technologies – and perhaps, this possibility hasn’t been ruled out. Rare might release a respective graphics update at a later date once Sea of Thieves attracts a reasonable audience on Xbox Series X|S.
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Sea of Thieves releases on Xbox Series X|S on November 10.
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Key Release Dates
- Sea of Thieves (2018 Video Game)Release date: Mar 20, 2018
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