Sea of Thieves New Patch Addresses Griefing and More

Sea of Thieves has been in the news quite a bit lately, with over two million players having played it over the past couple of weeks. One common complaint however, has been that of griefing. Specifically, players exploiting a mechanic in the game. Enemy ships, when sunk, would continually respawn at the exact same location, turning fights into hours-long slugging fests, particularly if taking place near a skeleton fort. Fortunately, Rare has addressed the issue in Sea of Thieves new patch, 1.0.2.

Here’s all the details for Sea of Thieves new patch 1.0.2 (as posted on the official forum): 
  • Ship respawn distance – When a ship sinks, we have significantly increased the distance at which the crews new ship will respawn. Ships will now respawn outside of visible view of the ship that sank them. This is in response to lots of player feedback which highlighted that the previous spawn distance was resulting in “griefing” behaviour and stalemates at the forts!
  • Mermaid Teleport – Pirates will now have to drop any treasure item they are carrying before being able to see the ‘Teleport back to ship’ option from the mermaid. We saw feedback that players were accidentally leaving treasure behind in the sea, so wanted to make it more clear that when you teleport you leave your treasure behind!
Fixed Issues
  • [PC Only] Players should no longer experience the 0x80070005 error or get stuck at 99% during installation.
  • Players are no longer able to fall through the ship geometry and into the sea if they are to repeatedly jump on the chests/barrel located mid deck
  • The voyage image on the captain’s table now displays the rank (promotion) banner in the top right corner, to keep in line with other areas of the game UI.
  • When accepting a game invitation whilst matchmaking, the game no longer enters a temporary unresponsive state.
  • Bounty Captains will no longer spawn multiple times.
Performance Improvements
  • Multiple server and client crash fixes.

Further improvements and optimisations for all platforms are ongoing.

Hopefully players will have a much better experience with this new update. As mentioned above, more fixes and optimizations are incoming soon, so if you’re encountering an issue, be sure to give Rare feedback.

If you’d like to learn more about Sea of Thieves, please check out our review here.

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