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“There was a real risk of not delivering to the quality and polish we expect”. Rare has announced a slight delay to the start of Sea of Thieves season 7 to ensure quality and avoid crunch.
The announcement was made in a blog post on the official Sea of Thieves website. In the post, executive producer Joe Neate explains that the ambitious nature of the update in season 7 means that “there is a lot of hidden work to be done in the background” and that the “vast range of new stats to track” has “required a complex partnership across our Game, UI and Services teams to bring it to life.”
Neate writes in the article that as the scheduled delivery date drew nearer, “it became clear that items were coming in hotter than we liked and there was a real risk of not delivering to the quality and polish we expect, as well as putting excessive pressure on the team to get it all done.” As a result, August 4 will now be the new release date for the season.
Season 7’s new release date of August 4 is only a couple of weeks later than its planned July 21 premiere date. Season 6 began in March of this year, although Neate does concede in the piece that it “has been a looooong one.”
He says, “We appreciate your patience with this modification and we recognize this will be disappointing for those of you who are anxiously expecting this update.”
“We believe the decision to shift this release is absolutely the right to deliver the best experience for you all, while ensuring we continue to operate with a healthy and sustainable approach,” Neate writes in the post’s conclusion. “Developing a live service game like Sea of Thieves is still a journey where we learn new things every day,” he continues.
What will season 7 bring?
When it arrives, Sea of Thieves season 7 is set to introduce some pretty big new features to the game that were previously toe-tappingly teased during the Xbox and Bethesda showcase back in June.
The main feature is called “Captaincy,” which, as the name implies, will enable you to take complete command of your own ship. This entails purchasing the vessel, giving it a name, and personalizing it to your preferences. It represents the game’s first instance of a permanent ship-ownership system.
A Hunter’s Cry, the game’s next narrative adventure set in season 7, will be released on August 18 as well. This will be the sixth Adventure in the game, although not much is known about it just yet; more information is anticipated closer to the release date.