Rare has released a new free update for pirate sandbox Sea of Thieves, called Haunted Shores. This update brings another NPC ship battle to the seas in the form of spectral ghost ships which have an assortment of powerful cannonballs and mines. These fragile but deadly ships defend Captain Flameheart, aboard the Burning Blade flagship. Players can earn cosmetic rewards and special Damned treasures from the encounter.
Players can enter into battle against the ghost fleet in two ways. The first is by seeing the skull cloud of Captain Flameheart in the skies; this shows that he is attacking an island, and players can move to defend it from his armada. The second is by being level 25 or above with the Order of Souls, which will allow players to purchase a voyage to find and stop a ghost fleet. For the duration of the Haunted Shores event, anyone can purchase that voyage from Duke, allowing every pirate to take a crack at the battle.
These ghost ships are much more powerful than their predecessor, the skeleton ship, and they can shoot wraiths at enemy ships. Players will also be able to loot their cursed cannonballs, which are more powerful than the usual cannonballs pirates are used to.
This update also comes with some smaller additions that are still fun. There are a host of new shanties in the game, and crews can choose which shanty they would like to play. This has absolutely no statistical or in-game affect beyond getting to play some sick tunes with your crew.
Rare have also upgraded and expanded the communication wheel, which allows players to quickly access and send context-sensitive text lines. The wheel has been tweaked to make the most important lines, like “I see a ship” or “We need repairs,” to be the most accessible. More options for new items have also been added, allowing players to share information and updates with their crew without using voice chat.
Haunted Shores is now live in Sea of Thieves, but the ghost ships will remain in the game after the event as an ongoing challenge.
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