Uncommon stunned Sea of Thieves followers by asserting it had partnered up with Disney to deliver the swashbuckling world of Pirates of the Caribbean into the sport. Whereas Uncommon had beforehand shied away from such crossovers, the transfer is sensible – and never simply because each properties revolve round pirates. Sea of Thieves was at all times designed with the philosophy of giving gamers the liberty to forge their very own paths and make a reputation for themselves on the excessive seas. That defines the pirate’s life, and that freedom is what Captain Jack Sparrow values much more than the shiniest trinket, making him the proper match for the journey.
A Pirate’s Life launches June 22 as a free growth that kicks off Season Three of Sea of Thieves. It doesn’t matter when you’re a seasoned participant or a curious newcomer enticed by the concept of crusing alongside cinema’s most well-known pirate. Uncommon says anybody can instantly leap into A Pirate’s Life, even describing it as a terrific start line for newcomers. For those who’re contemplating taking the plunge, Uncommon offered a deep dive into the growth’s narrative premise, its giant new areas full of fearsome foes, and the movie-themed booty gamers can earn.
This Is A Story…Of Captain Jack Sparrow
A Pirate’s Story unfolds over the course of 5 giant story quests, or Tall Tales, which themselves are divided into smaller chapters that may be performed solo or with mates. Jack Sparrow has stolen maybe the best treasure possible: a golden key to different lands and a ticket to true freedom. Jack makes use of it to open a portal that transports him to the world of Sea of Thieves. Unbeknownst to Jack, he’s adopted by the villainous Davy Jones, who discovers he has no dominion over the useless on this unfamiliar world. That doesn’t sit effectively with Davy, who desires to manage these new oceans, threatening the pirate’s life for everybody.
A Pirate’s Life is an authentic story that mixes parts from each Pirates of the Caribbean film with Uncommon presenting their very own tackle these basic characters. Whereas clearly a kick for followers, Uncommon additionally says you don’t have to have watched each movie to know what’s taking place. However for fans who need to know, the studio additionally says to imagine that this Jack Sparrow has already survived the occasions of the fifth movie, Lifeless Males Inform No Tales.
Jack is voiced by Jared Butler, who portrayed the character in Kingdom Hearts III. Uncommon goes all out to verify their model of the pirate stays correct to the supply materials. For instance, the studio employed Johnny Depp’s stunt double for the 4th movie, On Stranger Tides, to carry out Jack’s actions (in full make-up and costume no much less) whereas offering loads of professional perception into his quirky mannerisms.
The reveal trailer confirmed different acquainted faces comparable to Jack’s first mate, Mr. Gibbs, and there is additionally hints pointing at the presence of Jack’s rival, Captain Hector Barbossa. It doesn’t cease there, as Uncommon says gamers will meet different members of the Black Pearl’s crew. Does this imply Elizabeth Swan and/or Will Turner make an look? Uncommon doesn’t need to spoil something however didn’t verify or deny both means.
When you can’t play as Jack your self, he turns into a full-fledged member of your crew. He’ll assist in fight (like manning ship cannons) and accompany you throughout missions. Jack will even pose for selfies. Uncommon describes Jack as a enjoyable although unpredictable accomplice. If the movies are something to go by, it wouldn’t be surprising if followers undergo betrayal or three from their charismatic although self-serving companion.
One other vital new face is the Castaway, a mysterious storyteller who serves because the keeper of the Tales you’ll expertise. There’s additionally the Cursed Captain, a speaking, disembodied cranium. Gamers discover him early on and he offers steerage and exposition concerning the worlds of A Pirate’s Story. He’ll additionally spout witty commentary for almost all the things taking place round you, together with once you dance or play music for him. You may also simply abandon him on the bottom, although he possible gained’t be a giant fan of that.
An Expanded Horizon
Gamers start A Pirate’s Life within the Sea of the Damned, a particular realm that connects Sea of Thieves’ predominant world to the growth’s areas in addition to wherever else Uncommon may need to go sooner or later. Not like most of Sea of Thieves’ areas, solely you and your crew will occupy this zone, permitting Uncommon to craft extra cinematic moments that unfold right here. This eerie realm options haunted grotto caves, a ship graveyard, all blanketed by the ghostly glow of an ominous lighthouse. Given its title, anticipate to face loads of pirate ghosts desirous to make you a everlasting resident.
One other new space is the Sunken Kingdom, an undersea area dominated by the sirens. They assemble their properties by attaching gigantic chains to ships, then drag them below to interrupt aside to make use of the salvage to construct new constructions. Thus, the realm is affected by sunken vessels surrounding the in any other case colourful, coral lined kingdom. Sadly, the Black Pearl herself fell sufferer to the sirens, and one of many Tales duties gamers with diving to under to look the Pearl in the hunt for Jack’s trusty compass. Diving performs a bigger position in A Pirate’s Life due to networks of underwater cave methods the place gamers will discover deeper than ever. To facilitate that, Uncommon is including air-bubble producing crops to permit gamers to remain below longer.
Whereas Uncommon wouldn’t reveal each new locale in A Pirate’s Story, it describes every zone as being considerably giant and full of actions exterior of the crucial story path. Areas incorporates meaty sidequests, loads of hidden lore to search out, in addition to secrets and techniques to maintain an eye fixed out for.
On that notice, A Pirate’s Life isn’t solely impressed by the Pirates of the Caribbean movies but additionally by the enduring Disney trip that gave start to them. Disney Park fanatics will possible acknowledge recreated scenes from the trip, such because the pirate band and the skeleton captain sitting atop the treasure pile. Uncommon even included authentic audio from the attraction to deliver these scenes to life for nostalgic authenticity.
Fierce Adversaries Requires A Highly effective New Weapon
A Pirate’s Life brings many new risks within the type of never-before-seen foes. Sirens could be the deadliest adversaries. These legendary terrors evade gamers with swift, swish actions, utilizing their siren tune to assault from afar. Their velocity additionally permits them to shortly transfer in to unleash a barrage of vicious scratch assaults. Worse of all, a gemstone of their chests permits sirens to create a therapeutic sphere that may restore their vitality in addition to injury gamers. Siren leaders are harder variations with stronger therapeutic talents and carry weapons known as the Trident of Darkish Tides.
Different enemies embody Ocean Crawlers, a category of crustacean-like creatures that are available a number of varieties. One is a clam-headed humanoid that may spew poison, burrow underground, and cost at gamers utilizing its rock-like shell head. Crab Ocean Crawlers are hulking tanks with sturdy armor and immense energy. The electrical variant could be the most harmful. They hearth lightning bolts, can shortly sprint round, and generate electrical shields that injury gamers and their teammates ought to they assault it. For those who assume you’re protected exterior of the growth, assume once more. Uncommon states that each new enemy will dynamically populate Sea of Thieves’ bigger world and usually are not confined to A Pirate’s Life.
Fortunately, gamers also can wield the aforementioned Trident of Darkish Tides. This mystical employees fires highly effective magic bolts however will also be used as a melee weapon. When you’ll acquire entry to the weapon just by taking part in A Pirate’s Life, they are often discovered wherever inside Sea of Thieves’ bigger world washed up on seashores, inside shipwrecks, and in different areas. It merely serves as one other software for gamers of all sorts to make use of as they need.
Rewards And Cosmetics
As with each earlier season, A Pirate’s Life brings its personal set of tiered rewards which can be unlocked just by taking part in. Those that full 100% of every Story by ending each goal and discovering each secret might be rewarded with a particular sea shanty of a sure well-known pirate tune from the movies that you simply’ll have the ability to play along with your crew.
Premium Pirates of the Caribbean beauty objects can solely be bought from the Pirate Emporium. You could not have the ability to management Jack Sparrow, however you should buy his outfit and masquerade as him in addition to different Black Pearl crew members. The well-known jail canine, full with cell keys in his mouth, may be purchased as a pet. And, after all, you may outfit your ship with beauty objects primarily based on the ships within the movie, such because the tattered sails of the Black Pearl.
A Pirate’s Life is Sea of Thieves’ largest growth but, each in sheer dimension and depth and because of the magnitude of collaborating with Disney on such a beloved franchise. The studio has spent nearly two years toiling away on A Pirate’s Life in secret; it considers the truth that it didn’t leak previous to its reveal a feat in itself. Whereas it provides long-time gamers a enjoyable new bone to chew on, that is most likely one of the best lure but for getting new gamers on board. Pirates of the Caribbean stays a well-liked franchise and taking up Davy Jones’ Flying Dutchman with Jack Sparrow at your aspect is a potent draw. It’s additionally a good time to get new eyeballs on Sea of Thieves to indicate off the numerous enhancements Uncommon has made since its lukewarm launch in 2018.
Better of all, Uncommon says A Pirate’s Life isn’t going wherever even after Season Three concludes. Its content material will stay within the sport for so long as it sees match. That’s excellent news when you can’t dive on day-one. As somebody who was fairly gentle on Sea of Thieves and has been ready for an excellent excuse to take a look at its present state, A Pirate’s Life is essentially the most alluring purpose but to set sail yet one more time.