If you’re looking to get more bang for your buccaneer with Sea of Thieves, get ready to log on tomorrow, when its next free expansion launches.
Shrouded Spoils launches tomorrow, November 28th, as another free expansion to Rare’s open-world pirate adventure. While previous expansions have added islands and enemies to the game’s map, Shrouded Spoils will make finding enemies like krakens and skeleton forts easier and the rewards for defeating them much greater.
Not only will Shrouded Spoils add a new weather effect in the form of a thick fog that will occasionally make navigating the seas a bit tougher, but it’s also increasing the spawn rate of skeleton forts, krakens, and megaladons. The latter two beasts of the ocean will spawn much more frequently, and defeating them will result in them dropping serious loot. Krakens, for example, will drop loot for every tentacle you defeat. Skeleton forts, meanwhile, will now have six more islands where they can spawn, making them much easier to track down, if not easier to conquer. Mermaid statues are also returning, and destroying them will result in serious loot drops.
Skeleton ships will also appear more frequently, and they won’t necessarily attack you right away, with some simply appearing in the world as passive encounters. On top of the skeleton galleons that are already in the game, Shrouded Spoils will add skeleton sloops to the game, too. The Merchant Alliance is also getting some love, with a couple of new mission types, including one that tasks players with transporting a Mega-Keg with a much larger blast radius than the normal powder keg.
Sea of Thieves started off rocky, but it’s always been Rare’s plan to slowly add more content to the game, and Shrouded Spoils seems like the right direction for future PvE updates by focusing more on the game’s core mechanics and less on flashy but ultimately shallow boss fights, as cool as they are. We’ll see how the developer continues to update its pirate title into next year, when it launches a PvP-focused multiplayer Arena.
Sea of Thieves is available on Xbox One and PC.