Thanks to a steady stream of updates over the last year, Sea of Thieves has seen a rapid resurgence of popularity, with an influx of new and returning players, thanks to regularly hovering in the top 5 positions on Twitch’s most watched games.
2018’s last major update, Shrouded Spoils, introduced a host of quality-of-life improvements, such as increasing the interaction rate with Megalodons, the Kraken, Skeleton Ships, adding new weather effects, adding incentive for these interactions, and so on.
The update tied 2018’s previous patches together in a neat bow, and made the world feel much more alive. With players having to keep an eye out for other pirates while managing these encounters, it also means that no two voyages are ever the same.
Following the positive reception around the update, a few big streamers caught wind and started playing – Summit1G started the trend, jumping back into the game for the first time since launch, and soon after Dr Disrespect and Ninja followed suit.
Thanks to the exposure, Sea of Thieves has been consistently amping the top 3-5 streamed games on Twitch, competing with the likes of Fortnite, League of Legends, PUBG, and other streaming giants.
Following the exposure, Sea of Thieves has also seen a large influx of players – new players who watched the big streamers having fun on the high seas, as well as returning players who hadn’t played since early 2018.
With a mixed injection of new players, returning players, and high-profile media exposure, Rare is in a great position to capitalise on Sea of Thieves’ time in the spotlight – the upcoming PvP mode ‘The Arena’ launches sometime around February/March, and a rework to add more story-driven quests to the Voyage system is due in the following months.
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