Season 1 will begin on Thursday, January 28, and Season 1 will bring a new kind of journey to the Merchant Alliance and mark the start of a new style of release for the game, with new content added every 3 months, as well as a battle pass system that will offer rewards for those who play even for shorter sessions.
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Sea of Thieves will introduce a seasonal progression system in January 2021 with a battle pass with free and premium options.
Announced as part of the final Sea of Thieves news for 2020, Rare will move away from the game’s consistent monthly update model. The Season System will replace it, bringing players new content every three months, with a ‘new way of playing’ introduced every season, starting at Season 1 in January 2021. Each season will feature regular and featured live events as well as new rewards for Pirate Outlaws to check out.
You will progress through 100 levels of Pirate Fame each season, unlocking new rewards for your Pirate player character and their ship. This will be separate from the existing progression system, which allows you to rank businesses by engaging in certain pockets of gameplay. Players who have won the coveted title of Pirate Legend will also receive exclusive specialized rewards as part of the new progression system.An optional and premium level of the Battle Pass called the “ Plunder Pass ” will be available, offering even more unique rewards and exclusive items from the Pirate Emporium.
As part of the January 2021 redesign, Merchant Alliance players will be excited to hear that Sea of Thieves will introduce a new, business-related ‘travel experience’ where crews must use their detective skills to track down lost shipments and wrecks. In November, Rare revealed the Xbox Series X and S optimizations gamers can expect when playing Sea of Thieves on next-gen consoles.
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