Sea of Thieves Scale Test Goes Live This Weekend!

Sea of Thieves Scale Test Goes Live This Weekend!

Ahoy mateys, grab your scurvy crew and get ready to sail the seas. The Sea of Thieves Scale Test Goes Live this Weekend! While the full game will have more Trading Companies looking to make their mark in the Sea of Thieves, the Gold Hoarders are the only Trading Company you can hand in voyages to in this Scale Test. So read down below to see what’s new and what goodies has Rare Ltd dropped in for us pirates!

Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves

We tried keeping the Order of Souls Trading Company out but they snuck in their voyages anyway! So if you get a message in a bottle that contains a Bounty voyage, for now you’ll just have to make do with collecting skulls like some kind of pirate Predator. I hear the skulls make good ship decorations in the Captain’s Cabin..

Known Issues

Not only are we looking to hit scale, we will also purposefully be stressing our services by throttling performance at certain times and simulating deliberate outages.

In addition to our planned tests, these are the biggest known issues that may cause a degradation to your play experience.

  • When heading below decks on your ship, you will intermittently stutter and slow down, making movement difficult.
  • Ship encounter frequency will not be at our desired level during this play session, with encounters sometimes less than we intend for launch.
  • Equipped weapons from the armoury will reset to default after death.


Ferry of the Damned Shenanigans – Now you can use all the items you have when you are living on the Ferry of the Damned. Obviously there are limitations to their effect, because, you’re a ghost..

Idle Disconnect – The clock is ticking! There is now a ten minute idle timer, once that runs out players will be disconnected from their session and placed back in the ship selection lobby.

Life in the world – You’ll find fish in the seas, and more birds in the air. How pleasantly delightful!

Pirate Selection – Now you can choose the pirate that best represents you! Eight pirates are generated when you first launch the game, don’t like the look of them? Generate eight more! This pirate you select will be persistent for the duration of this Scale Test!

Persistent Pirate – Equipped your favourite outfit? Now when you leave the Sea of Thieves and re-join, your clothing & equipment is persistent between sessions!

Quick Menu – Tab on PC or Menu on Xbox One brings up a menu, which currently shows a brand new Voyage Inventory!


Equippable Items

New Radial Icons – Finally saved up for that cosmetic you’ve always dreamed of? Now your radial icons will display the items you have equipped, stare at it until your hearts content. What shiny icons you have!

Store Inventory Additions – From peg legs to pretty new spyglasses, the shop keepers have new items for you to purchase in their inventories.

Updated Bucket –Your bucket can now carry water from ship to ship, or sea to ship or sea, to tavern, to ship, imagine the possibilities.

Vanity Chest – Want to change up your pirate’s look with a beard and eye patch? Visit the vanity chest on your ship to transform your inner pirate into your outer pirate!

Voyage Inventory – Players can now carry a maximum of 3 voyages.

Weapon Limit – Pirates are now limited to equipping 2 weapons, so choose wisely!

Weapon Shop – The weapon shop has been restocked with new items. Maybe something new will take your fancy… oh, is that a new Eye of Reach?!


Island Updates

Booby Trapped Chests – You’ve solved the riddle, found the x which marks the spot and you’re ready to dig up some well deserved treasure.. but beware! Some treasure chests are now guarded by the skeletons of pirates who are determined to keep you from their buried treasure! How will you know if it’s booby trapped? Dig and find out!

NPC Dialogue & Reactions – The NPCs now have a lot more to say, some have gotten used to you visiting them and now will wave you into their store. Maybe you’ll catch one laughing? Was it something you said?

Skeleton Difficulty – With greater status comes greater challengers! The skeletons now scale in difficulty depending on your progression in the Sea of Thieves.

Washed Up Items –

The seas are now giving up their treasures, so make sure to scour beaches for:

  • Message in a bottle – Keep an eye out for a glint in the sand! The contents may make it worth your while…
  • Treasure Artifacts – These treasures were once hidden in the depths thought lost forever, turn them in to the Gold Hoarders who will happily take these off your hands.
  • Treasure Chests – Thought a chest was lost? Think again, it might wash up on a sandy shore.
  • Resources – Island restocking just got more fun.



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