Sea of Thieves boards small boats and finds them seaworthy for soloers and duoers

    
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While Sea of Thieves’ standard pirate vessels require a crew of four, Rare acknowledged that some players were going to ask for boats that could be manned by one or two for that solo or duo experience.

Enter the “efficient” and “vulnerable” small ship.

“When we were making the small ship, we wanted to make it feel significantly different to the large ship,” said Senior Designer Andrew Preston. “We started to looking at how many degrees the ship rotates. It only rotates 360 degrees rather than 720 degrees like the large ship […] It can turn on much sharper angles so it can be more nimble.”

Get to know the small ship in the latest developer video below!

Source: YouTube

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I’m increasingly curious about this game from what I’ve seen.

I’m still not entirely clear on whether or not this game will have PvE content or if it’s intended to just be PvP?

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rafterman

The single man boat is pretty damn cool. I was expecting some little bity thing but it’s quite large in game and it’s a ton of fun to command.

I also like how it’s not just “hit x to drop anchor” or whatever and instead you actually reel the anchor/sails in and out and it feels better than just them hapoening instantly. It also has multiple cannons so you aren’t a complete sitting duck.

Overall I really enjoyed my time in the solo boat and just exploring in it was a good time. The water in this game is amazing. The game went from a wait and see to day one buy after this last test.

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Bryan Correll

It only rotates 360 degrees rather than 720 degrees like the large ship

Am I missing something here? Cause if you can rotate a full circle already, why need more rotation? (If it’s a sailing thing, well…I’m a land lubber.)

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Ket Viliano

I know plenty about boats, and I have no idea what they are talking about.

It might be the rotation of the wheel, which would simply not be found on a boat that small in the first place. Anyway, just a pure wild ass guess.

I am just as mystified as you are.

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rafterman

Actually, the single man boat isn’t small at all and certainly much bigger than modern boats I’ve been on that have steering wheels.

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Ket Viliano

Well, you can put a wheel on anything, really.

My point is that a tiller was much more common, due to being easier to make, use, repair, and therefore far more affordable back in the 1500s-1800s, when sail was still a thing, and small fishing boats were common.

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Jack Kerras

The actual rudder position at full-turn does not change, but the speed at which the rudder gets there improves; the wheel turns at a consistent rate, but has to turn twice to reach full-right or full-left on the large ship, while it only needs to make one full rotation to reach full-right or full-left on the small.

It would make the small ship’s rudder travel functionally twice as fast.

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Sorenthaz

It’s the steering wheel. The article fudged up the quote.

0:39 in the video: “…So we started looking at, um, how many degrees the ship’s wheel rotates…”

On the 4man Galleons the ship’s wheel has to rotate 720 degrees in order to go from a hard right to a hard left. For the Sloop you only have to rotate it 360 degrees to go from one hard end to the other. Therefore it takes less time rotating the wheel in order to make sharp turns, and as they mention in the video the Sloop’s rudder strength was increased so it makes the sharp turns sharper than what the Galleon can pull off.

I think the whole idea is that the Sloop is designed to take less time to maneuver about in order to be more evasive and capable of out-maneuvering a Galleon. Since especially if you’re playing solo there’s very little way that you’d be able to take on 4man Galleons unless you’re wanting to straight-up suicide ram them.

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Ket Viliano

I really wish game designers and artists would take just one image search of the thing they are trying to model, rather than just making stuff up.

Sloops and Schooners of war were a thing, a fishing boat with a single 12 pound gun slung over the gunwale. Pinky Schooners are a fav, they have an actual ‘poop’ deck.

Right above his head in the shot:
Pat Stallcup and his Pinky Schooner

Anyway, boats are fun, and this game seems to be shaping up nicely.

PS: I guess my main compliant is that no European man sailed in a single masted square rigger since the Vikings. Such boats were fore and aft rigged, not square.

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Minimalistway

Sailing boats are fun, the video reminded me of my teenage years, i used to go out to sea everyday, sometimes i skip school for that, local designed sailing boats use triangular sail, i just checked Wikipedia to see what they are called in english: Lateen.

At that age i thought my life will be mostly sailing, fishing and that life style, dreamed of owning my own boat, things didn’t work out and i’m glad for that, local authority made owning a boat an expansive thing, so many regulations, they made the sea here less fun .. or no fun at all.

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Armsbend

You could always jump on a boat and go deep water. I was given the chance back in 2007 after a 1400 mile sail I did in the Atlantic – I passed at the chance to make it a permanent thing.

During that sail we hit a fairly major squall and it quite literally put the fear of the almighty in me. I’ve never felt sustained fear like I did that day. I think of myself as a fairly adventurous person – but 25 foot seas for 5 hours…I couldn’t do that on a semi-regular basis as a career. It was too damn much. damn glad I got to experience it once though.

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Sorenthaz

Very cool looking design and pretty fitting for a ship that you’d have to potentially play solo with. I actually wonder how challenging things might be if playing solo since I’m doubting Rare would scale the encounters based on how many people are in the crew. Though if you’re playing solo in a ship like that you pretty much would need to avoid PvP unless you’re super ballsy or only encounter other Sloops.

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Armsbend

Real pirates commonly would employ hit and run tactics using sloops if the conditions were right – against softer cargo targets. However, one broadside shot from a War Galleon connects and you are pretty much done.

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fu

Would much rather a small sloop like this http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/pirates/images/0/09/JollyMonProfile.jpg
Sorry couldnt edit my previous post

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Armsbend

That’s a canoe with a sail. This beauty though?
http://dougwilson.com/Family/records/jackson/treasure/industry_sloop_sailing.jpg

drool

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fu

I love canoes!comment image

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Armsbend

YEEEESSSSSSSS! I am so very interested in sailing sloops around Caribbean like islands. I’ll probably spend most of my time cruising around with these things.