Sea of Thieves version 1.0.6 is available to download right now and introduces a sizeable amount of content to the game for players to further customise their pirates. Developer Rare have also released a new dev diary highlighting the future of the game.

One of the main things we took away from Sea of Thieves is that, while it’s a fantastic pirate simulator and absolutely gorgous, it just lacks content. In a new patch this week, along with a few minor bug fixes, we get something new, but it’s probably not what players are looking for.

The update, which comes in at around 2.06GB on PC to 2.40GB on Xbox One and Xbox One X, comes with a chest load of cosmetic items to the  Admiral, Bilge Rat, Sea Dog and Sovereign designs. What’s more, merchant inventories will vary per outpost too, so if there’s something you really want, you’ll have the added pain of stopping by certain outposts for those things.

The most exciting part of this update is the weapon being introduced to the game to celebrate its first month on sail. The Eye of Reach as it’s called is a new sniper rifle which comes with a lovely grog bottle as the scope. Players can pick this weapon up for a single piece of gold for the next two weeks.

Sea of Thieves Eye of Reach Rifle

Other changes come in the form of lowering the accuracy of skeletons firing cannons, respawning from the Ferry of the Damned will be quicker, and the position of the sloop’s ship bell has moved to prevent any accidental bongs as you climb the ladder.

The full Sea of Thieves version 1.0.6 patch notes can be found on the game’s website.

Following the release of the patch, Rare released a developer diary highlighting how the team plan to move forward with bringing new content to the game. In the video producer Joe Neate reveals that there are three separate teams each working on the game’s upcoming major expansions.

The first team is currently wrapping up production of the first update titled The Hungering Deep. This, according to Neate is a “medium-sized content update”. The other two teams are working on the upcoming and larger Forsaken Shores and Cursed Sails expansions.

Neate also states that the teams are also working on weekly events within each expansion and will begin as soon as The Hungering Deep launches later this month. Once one team finishes their respective expansion, they’ll move onto the next one. In total, Sea of Thieves is set to receive six major expansions over the course of 2018.

Finally, Neate touched upon the oft requested private crew feature. This will hopefully become available in next week’s Sea of Thieves patch which is due to land on Tuesday, May 8.

Check out the full video below:

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