Battle skeleton ships in free Sea of Thieves ‘Cursed Sails’ update

Today marks the launch of Cursed Sails, Microsoft’s second major content update for Sea of Thieves. 

Introducing fearsome enemy Skeleton Ships, the new Brigantine three-player ship, and a new Alliance system.With today’s launch of Cursed Sails, they are excited to share with you that their community has reached a new milestone of five million pirates that have played Sea of Thieves thus far on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.

As the next step on their journey, this free Cursed Sails update brings a range of new features to the Sea of Thieves. Including Skeleton Ships and the new Brigantine three-player ship. A personal favourite of ours at the office; is the new Alliance feature that allows players to meet in the world; form an alliance and adventure together. but always with the chance that the temptation of treachery could get too much…

Microsoft is introducing these features with a three-week time-limited campaign; with new goals and rewards each week. This Cursed Sails campaign and the content update will be available free and without charge to all Sea of Thieves players; who have bought the game across the Xbox One family of devices or on Windows 10 PC; or who have access to it as part of Xbox Game Pass. If you’re unable to take part in the time-limited campaign, don’t worry; as all the features introduced with this campaign will remain in the Sea of Thieves world for everyone to see and experience.

They have welcomed more than five million players to Sea of Thieves since launch; which they have said is both inspiring and humbling. Home to players from all over the world, the thriving Sea of Thieves community includes an army of content creators; who have helped the game rack up 300M views on YouTube; and more than 40M live broadcast hours on Twitch. Seeing their creative community embrace the possibilities that Sea of Thieves presents is an inspiration to everyone at the studio; and on behalf of all of the team at Rare and Microsoft; they’d like to thank everyone who’s been a part of this amazing adventure for them.


Sea of Thieves is a uniquely social game, where interacting with other players – either on the same ship or on rival crews – plays a critical role in the overall experience. Because of this, every single one of the five million players who’s played has bought something unique and special to the game: themselves. It genuinely wouldn’t be the same without you, and we can’t wait for you to jump into Cursed Sails and see how we’re working to fulfil our promise of new content in the months to come.

At Rare, we are more excited than ever to see where we can take this game. Every day I see the growth and content the team is working on; or is planning for future releases, and it is unbelievably exciting. Thanks to everyone who has joined us so far; and to those who we will see join the adventure in the future. We’re really just getting started here!

said Joe Neate, Executive Producer at Rare

Enjoy Cursed Sails, and we’ll see you on the seas. New to Sea of Thieves? Join the over five million players at visit the Sea of Thieves website at to embark on a journey with the community.