Sea Of Thieves Season 11
Image: Rare

Sea of Thieves Season 11 – release date, content, and impressions

Ready for new seas to sail, pirates?

Sea of Thieves Season 11 is to arrive soon, and as we get closer, Rare has treated us to a trailer of everything to come. For your ease, I’ve collated all the information we have about it.

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I am super excited for this update. It’s everything we need after the disappointment that was Season 10. Let’s dive in.

All content for Season 11 in Sea of Thieves

Season 11 not only adds a whole bunch of content but will also revolutionize how we play and interact with the game. With a push to accommodate players with less available play time, and to promote the sandbox element of the game, the voyage system has been transformed.

The Quest Table

The prominent feature of this update is the transformed Quest Table that will replace the Voyage Table in the ships. There is no longer a need to purchase voyages, as you can select a company and select a voyage to embark on, free of charge. You can also access Tall Tales with ease, too.

We can now dive our ship into the waters to travel to where we need to go for that voyage instantly, saving lots of time for players without much time. Do note, however, that doing this will wash away any loot on board, so you’ll still have to brave the seas to sell your loot!

Travelling Below The Waves In Sea Of Thieves
Image: Rare

This new way of interacting with the voyages also allows you to select longer or shorter voyages, perfect for players needing a quick session. Also for such players, they now no longer have to return to the trading posts, as upon completion of voyages, you’ll earn a little reputation up-front. Of course, to get the rest of it, you’ll still need to sell your loot.

Don’t worry, although we won’t need to visit our Trading Companies for the voyages, we’ll still need to visit them to sell loot, purchase accessories, and buy promotions.

More types of voyages will become available as you progress through the companies. Once you progress enough, you’ll even be able to travel instantly to active world events.

Discover Tab In Sea Of Thieves
Image: Rare

The Quest Table also is a lot more accommodating for pirates wanting to know what steps they should take next, and it offers other awesome features – like a random voyage – to enhance the quality of life and bridge the gap between new players and the overwhelming content the game has to offer.

The Quest Table also highlights any time-limited events, which is mighty handy for pirates who haven’t been kept up-to-date or are returning after a break from the game. We won’t be missing any more exclusive content.

Voyage Exclusive Rewards

Each voyage for each Trading Company now has loot that is exclusive to that voyage type. Such loot types won’t be found anywhere else in the Sea of Thieves, and cashing them in will work towards the new Cartographer’s Pistol and Blunderbuss.

This means that you can’t hit active events to be rewarded with all types of Trading Company loot, as we could before. If you want to be a well-rounded pirate, you’ll now have to sail each voyage type to work your way up.

Company Distinctions and Progression

Additionally, most companies have had their level cap expanded from 75 to 100, offering players a distinction in that faction. Faction distinctions will reward players with rings, and you can equip many to adorn your fingers with your dazzling achievements.

Rings In Sea Of Thieves
Image: Rare

Needless to say, with this new progression comes even more faction and progression-locked goodies and accessories, including new frames for the names of Captained Ships.

New Kingly Treasures

Considering that we’ll be setting off on voyages for company-specific loot, Rare have decided to change how we find such loot around the world.

With this update also comes a revamp on emergent treasures, such as those from Bottle Voyages or Shipwrecks. Instead of standard faction loot, we’ll be scoring Kingly treasures. This allows these sorts of voyages and finds to be more rewarding and exciting.

Kingly Treasures In Sea Of Thieves
Image: Rare

These Kingly Treasures also contribute to their exclusive cosmetics – the Cartographer’s Cutlass and Eye of Reach. So you’ll want to be searching around if you want all of the Cartographer’s gear!

Plunder Pass

Of course, with a new season comes a new string of trials, challenges, and rewards and its Plunder Pass. Like previous seasons, the Plunder Pass doesn’t lock away any of the rewards that you’ll get for Season 11 but throws in a range of Pirate Emporium exclusives to add to the existing rewards.

Related: All Sea of Thieves platforms, listed

Sea of Thieves Season 11 Release Date

Rare has indeed released the arrival date for Season 11 inside the Sea of Thieves. Mark your calendars for January 23, pirates, as we’ll be heading into uncharted content.

Rare has also mentioned that the arrival of this season will mark the end of any Gilded or unique voyages you have stashed away, despite the game itself telling players that they had plenty of time left. If you are unaware of this announcement, then you may want to muster up your crew and complete any of them you have left before you lose your chance to.

Season 11 player impressions

It is safe to say that most players found Season 10 rather underwhelming. In any of the online communities for the game, you’ll find harsh opinions about the Safer Seas and how grindy the new Guilds feature has been.

However, it seems this new Season has impressed the community. The emphasis on accommodating players with less time on their hands is a very welcome addition. Also, the rings have, unsurprisingly, gone down a treat.

Many were, myself included, worried that the instant travel to voyages may have hampered the classic Sea of Thieves experience, but the catch that loot gets left behind more than makes up for that.

It’s safe to say that everyone is very excited about this new update. I’ll see you on the seas. But please don’t attack me as I’m terrible at PvP.

Now that you’re up to date with the latest season in Sea of Thieves, why don’t you check out the Curse of Monkey Island if you haven’t already?


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