Although everyone thought Sea of Thieves would be the next major Xbox exclusive title, the game failed to deliver as players complained about the game’s monotonous gameplay shortly after the release. However, the studio behind the game is still releasing new contents to attract players back to the game. Earlier this year, the studio released a new lore-based series of quests as well as a PvP arena mode. Recently, the game’s executive producer Joe Neate revealed that the game’s anniversary update has attracted 2 million players since the release.
Neate’s recent comments came during his appearance during GameSpot’s E3 livestream. During the stream, he revealed that the studio has long term plans to release more regular updates in future to make people come back to play the game.
He said, “We’ve been going at a pace that isn’t sustainable. And the team has done an amazing job, but these are the two pillars of our plans going forward: It’s cadence and regularity for the players, but it’s also making it so that there’s flexibility in the plan as to when some things land.”
“As long as stuff is always going out to players and we’ve got the regularity, it doesn’t matter as much when the bigger, riskier things land from a development perspective. We give ourselves that time. So that’s our commitment to our players and our commitment to our team, because we have to do both.”
While it’ll be interesting to see if the game manages to ship out regular updates going forward, the IP has been a disappointment nevertheless. Since its release back in 2018, only 8 million players have played the game. However, the player count is likely to go higher in the coming months as the title is included in the Xbox Game Pass.