Followers of Uncommon’s wonderful pirate role-playing simulator, Sea of Thieves, obtained fairly a shock throughout the June 13 Xbox reveal showcase.
The primary trailer for a free, previously unannounced June 22 expansion called A Pirate’s Life revealed that Jack Sparrow, of Pirates of the Caribbean fame, is coming to Sea of Thieves. That is particularly momentous for a recreation that has solely existed in its personal universe, with no crossovers because it first launched in 2018.
Uncommon might’ve performed a lot worse for a first-ever crossover than one of Disney’s largest live-action film franchises. However listening to from Sea of Thieves inventive director Mike Chapman, it is not simply the motion pictures that type the foundation for this enlargement; it is also the authentic Disney theme park experience on which the movie collection is primarily based. Even the title is a reference, nodding to a song heard during the ride.
For Chapman, the underlying premise of Sea of Thieves is “completely embodied in that tune.” When gamers drop into the world as the crew of a crusing ship, the solely actual aim is to dwell that digital life in whichever manner feels proper. You possibly can hunt for buried treasures, tackle threats from the deep, type alliances with different gamers, or fairly actually do the pirate factor and be a thieving nuisance to anybody you encounter.
Jack Sparrow is not the solely ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ character who makes an look.
Blended into all of which might be the trappings of a pirate’s life. A tankard for grog-drinking and a musical instrument for plinking out oceangoing tunes are everlasting fixtures in your stock. Accessorizing your look with pets, eye patches, tricorner hats, and different gear is the reward for amassing a pile of earned or stolen booty. Gold is good however the actual reward for enjoying is the big pirate-themed sandbox that Sea of Thieves plunges you into. It is fantasy want achievement for individuals who need to dwell a pirate’s life.
Getting again to that different A Pirate’s Life, the June 22 add-on, Uncommon approached the concept with a query in thoughts: “What if Jack Sparrow found the Sea of Thieves [and] he introduced that tune with him?”
In a sensible sense, the Disney pirate’s arrival is plotted out as a story in the new pack of 5 Tall Tales which might be central to A Pirate’s Life. These quests are tied collectively by an overarching narrative that sees gamers saving a captive Jack’s life and setting off with him on an journey that rapidly ropes in different items of the Pirates of the Caribbean fiction.
“What if Jack Sparrow visited the Sea of Thieves and he introduced the tune from the experience with him?”
Which means visiting some new areas, together with an enlargement of the Sea of the Damned setting, which gamers usually go to solely after they die in-game and are ready to respawn. In A Pirate’s Life, the Sea additionally serves as a conduit between the Sea of Thieves world with Jack’s Caribbean, related by tunnels which might be reminiscent of the Disney experience. There’s additionally the Sunken Kingdom, an ocean ground location that features, amongst different issues, the wreckage of the Black Pearl.
“You go to Sea of the Damned and Sunken Kingdom areas twice [each] as half of this story,” Chapman defined. “Every time you are launched to fully new areas inside these areas.” This could embody acquainted websites like Dead Man’s Grotto or new ones like Sailor’s Grave, a “shipwreck city” that is constructed for gamers to discover.
When you’ll solely go to these areas throughout one Tall Story or one other, they don’t seem to be with out their secrets and techniques. Uncommon guarantees rewards for uncovering every part that is hidden away, together with the prime reward of unlocking the “Yo Ho!” tune for gamers to carry out in-game. You’ll want to discover every part to get it, although.
An abundance of Easter eggs ought to make these secrets and techniques enjoyable to trace down. In a single of the most blatant examples, Uncommon inserted some of the audio taken from the authentic Disney attraction. In some instances, some of the experience’s authentic voice actors have been introduced in to file new materials. So once you enterprise into the Grotto, for instance, you may hear some acquainted sounds and voices as you arrive.
Arguably the extra impactful change coming with A Pirate’s Life, at the least for Sea of Thieves’ long-term well being, is its promised shake-up for the principal recreation’s sandbox. The add-on introduces new land and sea enemies, like Phantoms and Ocean Crawlers on land and Sirens and Sharks in the water. These are threats gamers can anticipate to come across even exterior the Tall Tales. There’s additionally a mysterious magical trident that seems to be a new, probably limited-use ranged weapon that gamers can look forward to finding washed up on seashores like every of Sea of Thieves different provides.
One of the new Ocean Crawler foes you possibly can anticipate to come across even exterior ‘A Pirate’s Life’ Tall Tales.
It is troublesome to say how a lot of an affect these additions can have on the broader Sea of Thieves sandbox till we see it in motion. However Chapman mentioned there are parts of A Pirate’s Life — together with, particularly, the new foes and that trident — that may instantly arrive in the recreation’s principal enjoying area. New enemies alone must be thrilling for gamers who’ve spent the previous three years going through limitless hordes of skeletons, and nothing however skeletons.
The staff at Uncommon is full of pleasure. A Pirate’s Life is the largest addition up to now for Sea of Thieves, along with being the recreation’s very first crossover. The truth that it is also a partnership with Disney on one of the world’s most well-known pirate-themed franchises is no small factor both.
For Chapman, although, who actually has lived his personal, particular sort of pirate’s life since this wild recreation first launched in 2018, it is an necessary step ahead.
“The deeper which means and themes we have tapped into [with the game as a whole] is the which means of A Pirate’s Life. You are not solely beginning this epic authentic story and saving Jack Sparrow’s life, you are additionally saving the broader pirate’s life in the Sea of Thieves. The identify ‘A Pirate’s Life’ means a lot to us in phrases of how these two worlds are introduced collectively.”