Although Sea of Thieves players may be somewhat disappointed that they won’t be receiving a game update this week, the folks over at Rare have released a new developer update video to explain the absence. In the video, Executive Producer Joe Neate says the reason is simple: Since this week is the week leading up to the release of Sea of Thieves’s next major content update, Forsaken Shores — the trailer for which released last week — the devs thought it would be best to forego a standard game update so that the entire development team could focus wholly on making sure that Forsaken Shores is as smooth and polished as it can possibly be before it goes live.
Neate also takes some time to talk about Forsaken Shores itself, saying that players can expect it to be a more “exploration-focused” campaign that will be “a bit more leisurely” than the campaigns that have come before it. There will be no time-limited events during the three-week campaign, allowing players to explore the new content — which includes a new type of transportation, the rowboat, as well as a new quest type for merchants, called cargo runs — at a more relaxed pace. Neate closes by talking a bit about the studio’s refined design philosophy behind Bilge Rat Adventures and what players can look forward to from them in the future. For all these details and a few more besides, you can check out the full video past the cut.