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Sea of Thieves update: Season 6, cross-platform, Twitch drops and more

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We've seen numerous Sea of Thieves updates since it first launched in March 2018. Rare's sandbox multiplayer pirate adventure has come a long way since it first arrived, thanks to the developer working on a host of post-launch patches and free DLC.

Rare's seafaring title continues to attract more players by offering continual improvements and additional content to the game's community. We're also witnessing a move to include more storytelling elements in 2022, which is slowly being implemented.

According to Rare (opens in new tab), within the game's first year, Sea of Thieves players collected and cashed in almost 750 million chests, skulls and items of cargo to amass a collective fortune of 642 billion gold. That number will have increased exponentially since, then, as the game has now amassed 20 million players since launch. Better still, one million players now (opens in new tab) have reached ‘Pirate Legend’ status.

As of July 2022, we've now reached Sea of Thieves' sixth season but as an open-ended online service game, there's plenty more to come. Season seven isn't far off, and to help you keep on top of what's new and what's coming up, we've put together this handy page. This will be updated with all the latest announcements as they happen.

Sea of Thieves update: cut to the chase

  • What is it? Season 6 of Sea of Thieves
  • When can I play it? Available now
  • What can I play it on? Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC

Sea of Thieves: release date and platforms

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Sea of Thieves is free for all players subscribed to Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It can otherwise be bought across Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, Windows 10, and Steam.

The latest Sea of Thieves update is Season Six, which has been available since March  10, 2022. This newest upgrade expands the game’s narrative and adds six haunted Sea Forts, giving players plenmty to do. 

Season 7, which has been titled 'Captains of Adventure', isn't far off, either. Arriving on July 21, 2022 this upcoming Sea of Thieves update was presented through a thoroughly entertaining sea shanty, and introduces significant new features, like customizing your own ship. 

There's new cash-in points across the ocean too and it'll add these new updates:

  • Become the captain of your own ship
  • Customize and decorate your Captain’s Cabin
  • Name your vessel and present it on the Ship’s Crest
  • Set sail on special Captain’s Voyages
  • Save your customizations for future adventures
  • Play as Captain or Crew and earn rewards
  • Easily sell your loot to the Sovereigns
  • Chronicle your journey in the Captain’s Log
  • Choose your path with different playstyles

Sea of Thieves: trailers

Sea of Thieves is currently on season six, which expanded the game’s narrative and adds six haunted Sea Forts. While it's nearly over, you can still see the full trailer below:

We got our first trailer for Sea of Thieves: Season 7 during the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase in June 2022 with a pleasantly entertaining sea shanty. Outlining new customization features we've been waiting for since launch, that arrives on July 21, 2022. 

You can watch this joyful shanty while we wait below:

Sea of Thieves: event details

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Sea of Thieves Season 6 has been packed with different events. 

Filled with small mini 'Adventures' to keep players occupied, usually available for two week periods that unlock exclusive rewards. The current active event is The Forsaken Hunter (opens in new tab), which ends at 9am UTC on July 14. Rare also carry out official community days, which celebrate individual members of the community. You can track these through the official Sea of Thieves events hub (opens in new tab).

Right now, it's unclear what new events Season 7 will bring when it launches on July 21. Rare doesn't usually announce these Adventures far in advance, dropping trailers on the day a new one launches. At the least, you won't be waiting long to get further information. Once we know more, we'll be certain to keep you updated with those details.

Sea of Thieves: patch notes

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Season 6 is now underway and the latest update to the game, Sea of Thieves update 2.5.3.1, brings a bunch of fixes and improvements. That comes alongside its latest limited-time Adventure, The Forsaken Hunter.

These changes are detailed in full in the official patch notes. Beforehand, we had Sea of Thieves update 2.0.3.1 (opens in new tab) with highlights from season 6 overall, which includes the addition of six haunted sea forts for on-demand combat encounters, a new Voyage, a new Plunder Pass and, of course, new items.

You can find the full download size information below:

  • Xbox Series X: 5.59 GB
  • Xbox Series S: 3.63 GB
  • Xbox One X: 5.59 GB
  • Xbox One: 3.63 GB
  • Microsoft Store: 4.93 GB
  • Steam: 5.2 GB

Sea of Thieves: Battle Pass

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Sea of Thieves: Twitch drops

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Sea of Thieves isn’t just very playable, it’s very watchable and it’s hugely popular on Twitch. It’s not a surprise then, that Rare’s Twitch Drops are returning to the game for Season 6. 

These allow Sea of Thieves players to claim brand new in-game items simply by tuning in each day to watch the streams of participating Sea of Thieves partner’s for at least 20 minutes. Each item will be available for 24 hours, beginning and ending at 10am BST, after which the daily reward will change.

The last set Twitch Drops came and went in March 2022 but we’ll update this page when a new one is announced.

Emma Boyle
Emma Boyle

Emma Boyle is TechRadar’s ex-Gaming Editor, and is now a content developer and freelance journalist. She has written for magazines and websites including T3, Stuff and The Independent. Emma currently works as a Content Developer in Edinburgh.

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