Sea of Thieves Presents Pirates of the Caribbean
Jack Sparrow Goes Digital Via Sea Of Thieves Crossover…
Firstly, it’s been in the works since 2019, but today at E3 Sea of Thieves announced a surprise crossover with Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Secondly, the free update to the popular multiplayer game hits the platform on June 22.
Jack Sparrow heads back to sea…
Speaking to Variety just a couple of days before the reveal and showing off footage and details for the first time, Neate, Rare creative director Mike Chapman and vice president of Disney and Pixar Games Luigi Priore are nearly giddy, and it’s easy to see why. Chapman has previously said “Pirates of the Caribbean” was one of the works the “Sea of Thieves” team drew on for inspiration during development, and he describes actually getting to work with Disney on it as “one of the proper pinch-me moments.
While Sea of Thieves was a little dry at launch, the multiplayer seafaring game has been able to round out its gameplay with constant updates. Rare has had the tricky task of adding new content without invalidating the older stuff, and while the game isn’t perfect, it’s made huge strides since its debut.
There Be Pirates Here…
Certainly, this update might attract a few more casual players. The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise remains a fan favorite and boasts a coming reboot in the not-too-distant future.
Did everyone see that? Sea of Thieves: A Pirate's Life launches June 22!
— Xbox (@Xbox) June 13, 2021
Meanwhile, the team behind the game are huge admirers of the Disney Pirates universe.
“That first meeting, Mike and I walked out and literally, when we got around the corner — we made sure we were out of eyeshot — we literally put our arms around each other and said, ‘we’re gonna do something special here,’ just from spending 45 minutes in a room with the team at Disney,” said Neate to Variety.
Will Strong Work Pay Off?
As such, the creative team got to work.
Stedman explained “the team began to dive into the mythos behind ‘Sea of Thieves’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and saw some very fitting connections. One, Chapman explains, started with The Ferryman, a character well known to players of the game as the captain of the Ferry of the Damned who brings dead pirates back to the Sea of Thieves.”
Finally, watch the full trailer below. Play the game on June 22.
Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life – Announcement Trailer
This lovingly crafted story will be available to play alone or with a crew and will be a free update for all players with the arrival of Sea of Thieves: Season Three on June 22.
Feature Image: Lucasfilm