Sea Of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life Preview – The Day That Rare Finally Caught Captain Jack Sparrow
Rare surprised Sea of Thieves fans by announcing that he had teamed up with Disney to bring the swashbuckling world of Pirates of the Caribbean into the game. Whereas Rare had previously avoided such crossovers, this decision makes sense – and not just because both properties revolve around pirates. Sea of Thieves has always been designed with the philosophy of giving players the freedom to chart their own course and make a name for themselves on the high seas. It defines the life of the pirate, and that freedom is what Captain Jack Sparrow appreciates even more than the brightest jewel, which makes them the perfect person for adventure.
A Pirate’s Life releases June 22 as a free expansion that kicks off Season Three of Sea of Thieves. It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned gamer or a curious newcomer drawn to the idea of sailing alongside the most famous pirate in cinema. Rare says anyone can jump right into A Pirate’s Life, even describing it as a great starting point for newcomers. If you’re planning to take the plunge, Rare has provided a deep dive into the expansion’s narrative premise, its big new areas filled with fearsome enemies, and movie-themed loot players can win.
This is a story… of Captain Jack Sparrow
A Pirate’s Tale takes place over the course of five big story quests, or Tall Tales, which themselves are broken down into smaller chapters that can be played solo or with friends. Jack Sparrow may have stolen the greatest treasure imaginable: a golden key to other lands and a ticket to true freedom. Jack uses it to open a portal that transports him to the world of Sea of Thieves. Unbeknownst to Jack, he is followed by the villainous Davy Jones, who discovers that he has no power over the dead in this unknown world. This does not suit Davy, who wants to control these new oceans, threatening the pirate’s life for everyone.
The Life of a Pirate is an original story that combines elements from each Pirates of the Caribbean movie with Rare featuring their own take on these classic characters. While obviously a kick out for fans, Rare also says that you don’t have to have watched every movie to understand what’s going on. But for enthusiasts who want to know, the studio also says they assume that this Jack Sparrow has already survived the events of the 5th film, Dead men don’t tell stories.
Jack is voiced by Jared Butler, who played the character in Kingdom Hearts III. Rare goes to great lengths to ensure that its pirate version stays true to the source material. For example, the studio hired Johnny Depp’s understudy for the 4th film, On foreign tides, to perform the movements of Jack (in full makeup and costume) while providing plenty of expert advice on his original ways.
The reveal trailer has confirmed other familiar faces such as Jack’s second in command, Mr. Gibbs, and there are also clues to the presence of Jack’s rival, Captain Hector Barbossa. It doesn’t end there, as Rare says players will meet other members of the Black Pearl‘to screw. Does that mean Elizabeth Swan and / or Will Turner will make an appearance? Rare doesn’t want to spoil anything but hasn’t confirmed or denied anyway.
While you can’t play as Jack yourself, he does become a full member of your crew. It will help you in combat (such as arming the cannons of ships) and will accompany you during missions. Jack will even pose for selfies. Rare describes Jack as a fun but unpredictable partner. If the movies are anything to go by, it wouldn’t be shocking if fans endured a betrayal or three from their charismatic yet selfish mate.
Another important new face is the Castaway, a mysterious storyteller who serves as the keeper of the tales you will live. There is also the Cursed Captain, a talking and disembodied skull. Players find it early on and it provides advice and exposure to the worlds of A Pirate’s Tale. He’ll also throw witty comments on just about anything that happens around you, including when you dance or play music for him. You can also drop him on the ground, although he probably won’t be a big fan of it.
A wider horizon
Players begin A Pirate’s Life in the Sea of the Damned, a special realm that connects the main world of Sea of Thieves to areas in the expansion as well as any other location Rare might want to go to. to come up. Unlike most Sea of Thieves locations, only you and your crew will occupy this area, allowing Rare to create more cinematic moments that take place here. This eerie kingdom features haunted caves, a ship graveyard, all covered by the ghostly glow of a sinister lighthouse. Given the name, expect to face plenty of pirate ghosts eager to make you a permanent resident.
Another new area is the Sunken Kingdom, an underwater realm ruled by mermaids. They build their homes by attaching gigantic chains to ships, then drag them underneath to separate them and use the salvage to build new structures. Thus, the area is littered with sunken ships surrounding the kingdom covered in otherwise colorful coral. Unfortunately the Black Pearl herself fell victim to the sirens, and one of the tales instructs players to dive below to search for the pearl in search of Jack’s trusty compass. Diving plays a bigger role in A Pirate’s Life thanks to networks of underwater cave systems where players will explore deeper than ever before. To facilitate this, Rare is adding air bubble production factories to allow players to stay longer.
While Rare wouldn’t reveal every new location in A Pirate’s Tale, it does describe each area as being substantially large and filled with activity outside of the story’s critical path. Zones contain meaty side quests, plenty of hidden knowledge to find, and secrets to watch out for.
With that, A Pirate’s Life is not only inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean films but also by the iconic Disney ride that gave birth to them. Fanatics at Disney Park will likely recognize recreated scenes from the ride, such as the pirate gang and the skeleton captain sitting atop the treasure pile. Rare even included the ride’s original audio to bring these scenes to life while adding a nostalgic authenticity.
Fierce opponents require a powerful new weapon
The life of a pirate brings many new dangers in the form of enemies never seen before. Mermaids can be the deadliest opponents. These mythical terrors elude players with swift and graceful movements, using their siren song to attack from a distance. Their speed also allows them to move quickly to unleash a barrage of vicious scratch attacks. Worse yet, a gemstone in their vault allows mermaids to create a healing sphere that can restore vitality as well as injure players. Mermaid Heads are harder versions with more powerful healing abilities and carry weapons called Trident of Dark Tides.
Other enemies include the Ocean Crawlers, a class of crustacean-like creatures that come in several types. One is a clam-headed humanoid who can spit poison, burrow underground, and charge players using his stone-like shell head. Crab Ocean Crawlers are massive tanks with sturdy armor and immense strength. The electric variant can be the most dangerous. They fire lightning bolts, can rush quickly, and generate electric shields that damage players and teammates if they attack them. If you think you’re safe outside of the expansion, think again. Rare states that each new enemy will dynamically populate the larger world of Sea of Thieves and not be limited to A Pirate’s Life.
Fortunately, players can wield the aforementioned Trident of Dark Tides as well. This mystical staff fires powerful magical lightning bolts but can also be used as a melee weapon. While you gain access to the weapon simply by playing A Pirate’s Life, they can be found anywhere in the larger world of Sea of Thieves stranded on beaches, in wrecks, and in other places. It just serves as another tool for gamers of all types to use however they want.
Rewards And Cosmetics
Like every previous season, A Pirate’s Life brings its own set of tiered rewards that are unlocked just by playing. Those who complete 100% of each Tale by completing all the objectives and finding all the secrets will be rewarded with a special sailor’s song in a certain famous pirate tune from the movies that you can play with your crew.
Pirates of the Caribbean premium cosmetic items can only be purchased at the Pirate Emporium. You may not be able to control Jack Sparrow, but you can purchase his outfit and pretend to be him and others. Black Pearl crew members. The famous prison dog, with cell keys in his mouth, can be purchased as a pet. And, of course, you can outfit your ship with cosmetic items inspired by the ships in the movie, such as the tattered sails of the Black Pearl.
A Pirate’s Life is Sea of Thieves’ biggest expansion to date, both in size and depth and because of the sheer scale of working with Disney on such a beloved franchise. The studio spent nearly two years working in secret on A Pirate’s Life; he considers the fact that he did not flee before his revelation as a feat in itself. While this gives longtime gamers a fun new bone to chew on, it’s probably the best lure yet to bring new players on board. Pirates of the Caribbean remains a popular franchise and faces off against Davy Jones Flying Dutchman with Jack Sparrow by your side is a mighty draw. It’s also a great time to get some new eyes on Sea of Thieves to show off the significant improvements Rare has made since its lukewarm launch in 2018.
Better yet, Rare says a pirate’s life isn’t going anywhere even after season three ends. Its content will stay in the game for as long as it sees fit. It’s good news if you can’t dive on day one. As someone who was gentle enough on Sea of Thieves and was waiting for a good excuse to check out their current state, A Pirate’s Life is the most alluring reason yet to leave.
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