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Rare has announced a delay to the Sea of Thieves season 10 start date in a video message to fans earlier today.
The delay has actually meant sweeping changes to the game’s roadmap, with Season 10 now set to arrive on Thursday, October 19, and has meant Season Nine will now be the longest season the pirate adventure game has had since it started its seasonal update scheme. “It’s a decision we’ve not taken lightly,” they say “and we share your disappointment that it’s something we’ve needed to do. However, after careful consideration, we firmly believe that it’s the best thing to do for the quality of the release, the sustainability of our development process and the wellbeing of our team.”
On the positive side, the delay will not affect the release schedule of the ongoing Sea of Thieves The Legend of Monkey Island crossover story content. The first chapter of this story released last week, and is still set to launch its second and third parts in August and September, respectively. The delay has also meant that the team are now bringing what was meant to be the headline feature of Season 11 into Season 10, with the current plan to release said feature a couple of months after Season 10’s new start date. However, they won’t yet reveal what that new feature is.
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Season 10 will also have its own headline feature of course, though again this hasn’t been revealed at the time of writing. However in the video explaining the delay, Rare’s Mike Chapman gave some hints around what fans can expect. “Something like Season 10, it really speaks to those foundational systems that expand the way that you can play Sea of Thieves, giving you new ways to enjoy the content in the game.”
“And we don’t want curtail our ambitions there. We want to set Sea of Thieves up for an exciting future, which is why we want to build seasons like Season 10. But ultimately it leads to these issues where there’s these added complexities landing it in the way that we want to land it.”
As well as the Monkey Island content, there’s also a bunch of community events still planned for the remainder of Season 9, including a Gold and Glory event in August, the return of Legends Week, a summer event and a community weekend in September for Talk Like a Pirate Day with a brand new feature teased.
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