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Sea of Thieves reveals the release, details of next two expansion packs at E3

A peek at Cursed Sails and Forbidden Shores

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At the Xbox E3 2018 conference, Rare showed a trailer for the next steps in Sea of Thieves’ development. The trailer shows two new characters, a pirate adventurer and a representative from the Order of Souls, and showcases the next two expansions: Cursed Sails in July, and Forbidden Shores in September.

This trailer confirms the release months for both expansions, and gives us a hint of what’s to come for both content pack. Cursed Sails will populate the seas with skeleton crews (the undead kind, not the understaffed sort), and Forbidden Shores will open up the map.

Cursed Sails will unleash NPC crews upon the ocean, which is already haunted by the kraken, megalodon, and other players.

Forbidden Shores looks distinctly apocalyptic — it’s described as “a place of darkness where fire and ash consume all,” and there’s some volcanoes that could make for amazing adventure set pieces.

We can also expect single-player campaigns for both expansions, similar to the Hungering Deep. These single-player campaigns will be limited time and allow players to tour the new content, which will remain in the game.

The Hungering Deep, Cursed Sails and Forbidden Shores are each being handled by individual developer teams within Rare, and each expansion was started at the same time; we can expect Cursed Sails and Forbidden Shores to contain successively more content.