Barely has the curtain closed on Sea of Thieves’ latest swashbuckling narrative escapade, Heart of Fire, than Rare is back with news of its multiplayer pirate adventure’s next big monthly update, which is set to usher in sweeping changes for the game’s PvP-focussed Arena mode. There’s also word of its 2nd anniversary celebrations, which start this weekend.
The big news from Rare’s latest developer video update undoubtedly comes in the form of April’s significant Arena mode overhaul, said to mark the start of its “next chapter”.
As of April’s update, all treasure maps (and all but on cashing-in ship) will be removed from the Arena, with every player now being directed toward a single buried treasure highlighted by a large glowing beacon. Matches will be shorter, reduced from 24 minutes to 15 minutes, arenas will be smaller, and silver rewards for ship-to-ship battling will rise.