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Published on October 17th, 2019 | by James Wright

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Raid the Fort of the Damned in October’s Free Sea of Thieves Content Update

By Joe Neate, Executive Producer at Rare

Get ready for Halloween with the free October content update for Sea of Thieves! Now live for all Sea of Thieves players with Xbox Game Pass, on Xbox One and on Windows 10 PC, Fort of the Damned encourages you to seek out a fearsome fortress and take on our most exciting Skeleton Fort challenge yet to earn huge rewards, including a guaranteed Chest of Legends.

Things Get Spooky on the Seas with the Fort of the Damned

Dark forces have seized Old Boot Fort, using ancient magic to bring forth an evil that transforms it into the Fort of the Damned, overrun with sinister Shadow of Fate Skeletons.

Pirates must undertake Voyages to find Ritual Skulls, claim the Flames of Fate then band together to take down the Fort. Sloops, Brigantines and Galleons: it’s time for ships to raise their Alliance flags, work together and answer the call!

Fort of the Damned is the biggest update to Sea of Thieves’ popular Skeleton Fort feature since launch, offering players action-packed new challenges and massive rewards. The new Fort can be activated on demand as long as the in-game requirements are met, allowing players to take on this new challenge as often as they want. It’s a permanent new addition to the game that will remain available beyond October’s free content update.

Skeleton Pets in the Pirate Emporium

The Pirate Emporium is stocking new items for the spooky season including some supernatural additions to the pet range: The Skeleton Cockatoo and Skeleton Marmoset. But hurry, skeleton pets will only be available for the duration of the Fort of the Damned update and will return to the mists once the November update is released. Grab them before they go!

While you’re at the Pirate Emporium, you’ll also find the Cutthroat Ship Collection inspired by Killer Instinct, Rare’s legendary fighting game, together with a new collection of emotes including the indispensable Taunt Emote bundle.

Two’s Company in The Arena

Galleons no longer have the run of The Arena: pirates now have the opportunity to compete as part of a two-person Sloop crew. So, grab a friend and set a course for The Arena to take on other duo crews and determine who’s best!

That’s not the only Arena update this month, as six new contest locations have been added. Each location has two variations, and feature chests on Outposts for players to find and safely transport to ever more challenging Sea Dog delivery locations.

New Ways to Play Shanties

You asked, we listened: a new instrument is now yours for the playing as banjos make their way into Sea of Thieves! Open the second page of your item radial to find the banjo and pluck along to all your favourite shanties. Equipment Stores at Outposts now stock a range of fancy-looking banjos for you to grab in exchange for gold.

Plus, a Whole Lot More

That’s not all, as the Fort of the Damned update brings a host of other new features and content to Sea of Thieves including:

  • Cosmetics galore, such as the new Ferryman of the Damned set of rewards and new stock in Duke’s Black Market, including clothing from the Wild Rose, Wailing Barnacle and Redcoat Executive Admiral sets, Deep Ocean Crawler equipment and Fearless Bone Crusher weapons.
  • More emergent loot including Skeleton Captains on islands (who drop a Villainous Skull and a Skeleton’s Orders map), washed-up Rag and Bone Crates and increased Doubloon rewards for Reaper’s Chests.
  • New Commendations and brand-new Xbox Achievements.

For more information on the Fort of the Damned update, including full release notes, visit the Sea of Thieves website. The update is available for free to all Sea of Thieves players who have bought the game on Xbox One or on Windows 10 PC, or players who have access to it with Xbox Game Pass. Simply download and install the latest Sea of Thieves update to get access.

New to Sea of Thieves? Learn more at www.xbox.com/seaofthieves, or join the ongoing adventure at www.seaofthieves.com where you can embark on an epic journey with one of gaming’s most welcoming communities!


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