Microsoft and Rare have announced a fourth free content update for Sea of thieves dubbed Shrouded Spoils. The update brings fog, new customisation and skeleton fort options among other things. Shrouded Spoils goes live on 28 November 2018.
After the first three updates added much-requested content to Sea of Thieves, the fourth one dubbed Shrouded Spoils is looking to further improve those features. The new update brings fog as a weather effect, which will bring a new perspective to gameplay with reduced visibility and hidden threats. This could potentially change players' combat tactics and make them more vulnerable to surprise attacks.
Additionally, Skeleton Forts can now spawn on six new islands making it a total of nine locations to fight the undead. Kraken and Megalodon have also been improved and will spawn more frequently.
Rare has added Kraken Slap attack type which will deal more damage to ships and Kraken's giant shark friend has some new models which will potentially add more spawn diversity so the players don't have to deal with the same Megalodon every single time.
Skeleton ships can now emerge around the world as an encounter and sometimes they will hunt the players and other times they will stay passive and mind their own business.
As for customisation, players will be able to change the looks of wheels, cannons and capstan along with a new ship cosmetic - The Wailing Barnacle also available for a limited time. Other additions include quality of life improvements and new end-game content for Pirate Legends.
It may not be as big as the previous three updates, which added new regions and boss fights, but Shrouded Spoils still freshens things up a bit and hopefully, players will appreciate the effort Microsoft and Rare are putting into the game for which they were rightfully criticised for lack of content at launch.
Shrouded Spoils will be the last update in 2018. The game is set to receive new PVP mode The Arena in 2019 which will split the game in Arena and Adventure mode. The first one will feature fast-paced PVP matches in restricted space while the latter will be a standard Sea of Thieves experience.