Rare shocked Sea of Thieves followers by asserting it had partnered up with Disney to carry the swashbuckling world of Pirates of the Caribbean into the sport. While Rare had beforehand shied away from such crossovers, the transfer is sensible – and never simply because each properties revolve round pirates. Sea of Thieves was all the time 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 right match for the journey.
A Pirate’s Life launches June 22 as a free enlargement that kicks off Season Three of Sea of Thieves. It doesn’t matter in case you’re a seasoned participant or a curious newcomer enticed by the thought of crusing alongside cinema’s most well-known pirate. Rare says anybody can instantly soar into A Pirate’s Life, even describing it as an amazing start line for newcomers. If you’re contemplating taking the plunge, Rare supplied a deep dive into the enlargement’s narrative premise, its giant new areas full of fearsome foes, and the movie-themed booty gamers can earn.
This Is A Tale…Of Captain Jack Sparrow
A Pirate’s Tale 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 conceivable: 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 nicely with Davy, who desires to regulate these new oceans, threatening the pirate’s life for everybody.
A Pirate’s Life is an authentic story that mixes components from each Pirates of the Caribbean film with Rare presenting their very own tackle these basic characters. While clearly a kick for followers, Rare additionally says you don’t have to have watched each movie to know what’s occurring. But for fanatics who wish to know, the studio additionally says to imagine that this Jack Sparrow has already survived the occasions of the fifth movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Jack is voiced by Jared Butler, who portrayed the character in Kingdom Hearts III. Rare goes all out to ensure 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 skilled perception into his quirky mannerisms.
The reveal trailer confirmed different acquainted faces corresponding 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 Rare says gamers will meet different members of the Black Pearl’s crew. Does this imply Elizabeth Swan and/or Will Turner make an look? Rare doesn’t wish to spoil something however didn’t affirm or deny both means.
While you possibly can’t play as Jack your self, he turns into a full-fledged member of your crew. He’ll help in fight (like manning ship cannons) and accompany you throughout missions. Jack will even pose for selfies. Rare describes Jack as a enjoyable although unpredictable accomplice. If the movies are something to go by, it wouldn’t be stunning if followers endure betrayal or three from their charismatic although self-serving companion.
Another 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. Players discover him early on and he offers steering and exposition concerning the worlds of A Pirate’s Tale. He’ll additionally spout witty commentary for almost every part occurring round you, together with while you dance or play music for him. You may also simply abandon him on the bottom, although he probably received’t be an enormous fan of that.
An Expanded Horizon
Players start A Pirate’s Life within the Sea of the Damned, a particular realm that connects Sea of Thieves’ foremost world to the enlargement’s areas in addition to wherever else Rare might wish to go sooner or later. Unlike most of Sea of Thieves’ areas, solely you and your crew will occupy this zone, permitting Rare 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 identify, anticipate to face loads of pirate ghosts desirous to make you a everlasting resident.
Another new space is the Sunken Kingdom, an undersea area dominated by the sirens. They assemble their houses by attaching gigantic chains to ships, then drag them beneath to interrupt aside to make use of the salvage to construct new constructions. Thus, the world is suffering from sunken vessels surrounding the in any other case colourful, coral coated kingdom. Unfortunately, the Black Pearl herself fell sufferer to the sirens, and one of many Tales duties gamers with diving to beneath to look the Pearl looking for Jack’s trusty compass. Diving performs a bigger position in A Pirate’s Life due to networks of underwater cave programs the place gamers will discover deeper than ever. To facilitate that, Rare is including air-bubble producing crops to permit gamers to remain beneath longer.
While Rare wouldn’t reveal each new locale in A Pirate’s Tale, it describes every zone as being considerably giant and full of actions outdoors of the crucial story path. Areas incorporates meaty sidequests, loads of hidden lore to search out, in addition to secrets and techniques to maintain a watch out for.
On that be aware, A Pirate’s Life just isn’t solely impressed by the Pirates of the Caribbean movies but in addition by the enduring Disney trip that gave beginning to them. Disney Park fanatics will probably acknowledge recreated scenes from the trip, such because the pirate band and the skeleton captain sitting atop the treasure pile. Rare even included authentic audio from the attraction to carry these scenes to life whereas including nostalgic authenticity.
Fierce Adversaries Requires A Powerful New Weapon
A Pirate’s Life brings many new risks within the type of never-before-seen foes. Sirens would 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 rapidly 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 harm gamers. Siren leaders are more durable variations with stronger therapeutic skills and carry weapons known as the Trident of Dark Tides.
Other enemies embrace Ocean Crawlers, a category of crustacean-like creatures that are available in a number of sorts. 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 power. The electrical variant would be the most harmful. They fireplace lightning bolts, can rapidly sprint round, and generate electrical shields that harm gamers and their teammates ought to they assault it. If you assume you’re protected outdoors of the enlargement, assume once more. Rare states that each new enemy will dynamically populate Sea of Thieves’ bigger world and should not confined to A Pirate’s Life.
Thankfully, gamers may also wield the aforementioned Trident of Dark Tides. This mystical employees fires highly effective magic bolts however can be used as a melee weapon. While 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 instrument 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 who full 100% of every Tale by ending each goal and discovering each secret shall be rewarded with a particular sea shanty of a sure well-known pirate tune from the movies that you just’ll be capable of play together with your crew.
Premium Pirates of the Caribbean beauty gadgets can solely be bought from the Pirate Emporium. You could not be capable of management Jack Sparrow, however you should purchase 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 possibly can outfit your ship with beauty gadgets based mostly on the ships within the movie, such because the tattered sails of the Black Pearl.
A Pirate’s Life is Sea of Thieves’ greatest enlargement 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. While it provides long-time gamers a enjoyable new bone to chew on, that is in all probability the perfect lure but for getting new gamers on board. Pirates of the Caribbean stays a preferred 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 point out off the numerous enhancements Rare has made since its lukewarm launch in 2018.
Best of all, Rare 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 in case you can’t dive on day-one. As somebody who was fairly delicate on Sea of Thieves and has been ready for a great excuse to take a look at its present state, A Pirate’s Life is essentially the most alluring motive but to set sail yet one more time.