Sea of Thieves fans are counting down to the release of this week’s Pirates of the Caribbean update.
The Pirates of the Caribbean crossover has a June 22 release date on Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One.
Better yet, the new Pirates of the Caribbean content is available completely free of charge.
In terms of a launch time, Sea of Thieves developer Rare will take the game offline for server maintenance at 10am BST.
The new content should be available once the game comes back online, presumably at around midday.
And there’s lots of content coming to the game as part of the Pirates of the Caribbean update, titled A Pirate’s Life.
It all begins after rescuing Captain Jack Sparrow from what Rare describes as “an unfortunate predicament”.
“After rescuing Captain Jack Sparrow from an unfortunate predicament, you’ll set sail alongside him to uncover secrets, encounter characters old and new, and clash with surprising enemies as you explore the Sea of Thieves – and visit some new locations that’ll be familiar to fans of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise and the theme park attraction.”
Described as the biggest update since the 2019 Anniversary celebration, the new patch adds weapons, enemies, items and story content.
In a recent Xbox showcase, Rare spotlighted the Trident of Dark Tides, which fires powerful projectiles at new and existing enemies.
Speaking of enemies, new monsters include phantom pirates, sirens and a crustacean-like species of monster known as Ocean Crawlers.
Players will be able to unlock Pirates of the Caribbean costumes and loot, including a full Jack Sparrow costume.
“We’ve worked closely with the Walt Disney Games team throughout this whole process, crafting an original story which brings out the best elements of both Sea of Thieves and their beloved Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
“To see iconic characters like Jack Sparrow and his crew represented in Sea of Thieves’ unique art style, interacting with our own pirate universe – it’s been such an amazing experience to bring this whole thing to life and we can’t wait for you to dive in.”
One of the more interesting new additions is the ability to better explore the Sea of the Damned.
The area will give long-time fans the opportunity to discover new lore, while Rare has told players to look out for a very special ship.