Rare is beginning to address some of Sea of Thieves players’ biggest complaints, as the developer detailed in a blog post about their “top feedback points.” And to players’ appreciation, the highest priority changes to come sound pretty good.
“As with everything on Sea of Thieves, we will make changes, get them out to players and assess how effective they are, using feedback and data to decide whether we need to take more steps,” wrote executive producer Joe Neate, introducing a list of players’ most common issues and how the team plans to address them.
These include putting an end to “brig abuse,” a widespread problem that’s ruined the experience for many players. While players have been throwing each other into the brig since the game’s alpha phase, Sea of Thieves’ launch has led to even more pirates getting locked up and thrown out of a crew so that players can swap in someone else instead.
The reason this happens is that players have yet to be able to form private crews, Rare explained.
“A key change we are working on is to allow players to select whether they want their ship to be open to others being matchmade with them, or closed so that it’s invite-only,” Neate said. “This will allow players to manage how many people they want on their ship, invite friends and decide whether or not to allow other players to join them. We hope this mitigates one of the key reasons for people misusing the brig.”
An update will also change the minimum number of players required to form a crew; instead of needing four people to fill out a party, which can lead three friends to dump a fourth to find someone they’d rather sail with, Rare will allow for smaller or larger groups.