Sea of Thieves patch 1.0 notes are in, and the funniest among them is the one regarding the fee players will now be paying the Captain of the Ferry of the Damned. While some might find it to be an inconvenience, others see it as immersion.
Rare have described this changed, named Death Cost, as a new feature that has the Captain of the Ferry of the Damn deduct a small gold fee whenever you die.
Now, his rates depend on how you died. The more avoidable the death, the more he will get pissed off and therefore charge you more.
Patch notes say that Rare ''never intended to charge players for PvP deaths'' as they understand the negative impacts such a change could have on player experience. Oddly enough, the patch notes do not clarify whether players will actually be charged for PvP deaths, but it can be assumed they won't.
Rare have also noted that they understand that this addition might be a little confusing and that in the future they will ensure that the ''how and why'' of any future updates will be clarified up front. This one may indeed sound confusing to some players but it's pretty obvious that the game needed a money sink to avoid massive inflation that online games are prone to.
This is not all sunshine and rainbows though, since a money sink may be a necessity and I'm all for it but the issue is that Rare took a lot of feedback from players who didn't want the feature during the beta. It was removed and pretty much everyone expected it to never return, but it seems to be patched in right after the release. In bird culture this is considered a dick move.
Nothing is set in stone yet and it will be interesting to see whether Rare will go through with the change, and if they do, what kind of impact it will have on the player base. While the Ferryman is necessary in the long run, negative publicity it could cause may not benefit the game.