Sea of Thieves Seasons are coming in early 2021 in what will be one of the most substantial changes to content delivery for the game, and that's not all — a premium "Plunder Pass" is also coming, too.
Gamers who have been enjoying Sea of Thieves have gotten a fair few content updates over the years. Now, Rare is aiming to go for a more rigid schedule with the introduction of "Seasons," a premium Battle Pass called the "Plunder Pass," and more.
Check out all of the cool new stuff coming to the game in 2021 in the latest Sea of Thieves news video!
How Do Sea of Thieves Seasons Work?
Each of the Sea of Thieves Seasons will last "approximately three months" according to Creative Director Mike Chapman. A Season will give players a new piece of content right from the outset and the following weeks will feature ongoing special events, new loot, and pretty much everything else you'd expect from a Sea of Thieves update.
This change to content delivery is also bringing what Chapman calls "the biggest change to our progression system since launch." A Seasonal Progression system will cover adventuring, exploration, and pretty much everything else you do in the game. Pirates can progress through 100 levels of Seasonal Progression, allowing them to gain something substantial in their playtime without necessarily completing any ongoing quests or tasks.
Essentially, a Sea of Thieves Battle Pass is coming and Seasonal Progression is the free track. It will be complemented by the premium Sea of Thieves "Plunder Pass," giving players access to unique rewards and exclusives in the Pirate Emporium.
These aren't the only changes that are coming to the game starting next year, mind — information on Xbox Series X|S enhancements and other tidbits have also been announced today. You can see all of the full details in the official news video embedded above.
When is the Sea of Thieves Season 1 Start Date?
Unfortunately, there is not yet a Sea of Thieves Season 1 start date. However, Creative Director Mike Chapman has said that the game's first season (and presumably, its first premium Plunder Pass) will be arriving sometime in January 2021.
For now, there's still plenty of cool stuff to do in Sea of Thieves! Those of you who haven't yet hit the high seas can buy Sea of Thieves via its official website starting at $39.99 or your regional equivalent.
What do you think of the reveal of Sea of Thieves Seasons? Do you think a shift to a seasonal model with a Battle Pass will be a better move for the game? Let us know in the comments below!