A new look for Sea of Thieves arrives, as the Forsaken Shores land expansion shows up looking like one of the most climactic ones yet.
Well, dang. Volcanoes, boiling water, troll-y players in rowboats… Sea of Thieves wasn’t kidding. The new Forsaken Shores expansion certainly looks forsaken.
Now, gamers everywhere have all kinds of mixed feelings about Sea of Thieves. The winning premise— piratical PvP? Sure as heckles don’t mind if we do— was let down by some unfortunate decisions on Rare’s part, and an egregious lack of content in the early days. If Street Fighter V taught us anything, though, it’s that you can release a game and then add the actual game to it later, via updates.
On that note, let’s take a look at Sea of Thieves’ ambitious new expansion, Forsaken Shores.
Now, the DLC’s arrival was slightly delayed. Pirates don’t tend to set much stock by the rules and time-keeping, though, so there’s no surprise there. Regardless, it launched on September 27th for Xbox One and PC, and has certainly brought some curious new wrinkles to the gameplay.
Most importantly, the update brings a new region to explore: The Devil’s Roar. If you remember sailing along a vast and empty The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker-style ocean in the early days, you’ll be glad for any new area, but this is just on a whole new level. As the official trailer demonstrates, it’s a perilous place, with earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, fireballs and scalding geysers to avoid. If you were looking for an exciting new area to explore, The Devil’s Roar is sure to bring all the excitement you could’ve asked for.
In addition to the new region itself, Forsaken Shores brings a plethora of other interesting elements to gameplay. Rowboats are also new. You can find them washed up on beaches, claim them for your own, and sneak around largely unseen. As Destructoid reports, the uses of this in PvP are going to be as devious as they are hilarious.
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Forsaken Shores is LIVE! The Devil’s Roar awaits pirates wishing to seek vast riches, but they come at a price! One moment you will be digging for a chest, the next, running for your life as volcanic eruptions rain fire from the sky. Sail over to our story and swipe up to watch our Content Update video for a taste of what the Sea of Thieves has in store for you.
Elsewhere in the DLC, there’s going to be a new month-long campaign centered around this new area, with new Cargo Run quests at the Merchant’s Alliance (alongside lots of other things, changing on a week-by-week basis). Think of them as Monster Hunter’s egg-carrying quests, only with a whole lot more ocean.
Aside from that, Forsaken Shores also brings a generous helping of new cosmetics and titles to earn, alongside tweaks to make the inventory a little more user-friendly. Is all this enough to tempt players back? That’s up to you to decide. It’s free, though, so that’s definitely a start.