The next free Sea of Thieves (opens in new tab) update, titled Vaults of the Ancients, is coming on Wednesday, September 9.
Last week at Gamescom, we learned a few details about the next update, which will finally allow you to have dogs as pets (opens in new tab), but now we have a much fuller picture. In addition to our new furry comrades, The Vaults of the Ancients update adds a new permanent voyage for Gold Hoarders and a couple of updates that should make the pirate life a little easier.
Foremost among the quality of life updates is a new option that lets you adjust the banners that appear at the top of the screen as you're approaching islands. If you find them a little intrusive for your tastes, you can slim them down and have your ammo and health bar in-view at all times. Or, if you want to be rid of them entirely, you can now do that as well.
The second quality of life update, kind-of ironically, is designed to help you keep up with all the changes coming to Sea of Thieves. Mysterious notes will appear in your quest radial at the start of a session, informing you of world events, voyages, new NPCs, and more.
Speaking of which: the new voyage tasks you with tracking down keys to gold-filled treasure vaults which contain medallions you'll want to find and use to unlock a hidden vault with even more valuable treasure. The fact that you're under a time constraint makes this new Gold Hoarders voyage a "high-intensity, in-and-out loot grab" for nautical thrill-seekers, Rare says.
If you're thinking of embarking on your maiden voyage, don't miss our essential Sea of Thieves tips (opens in new tab) for best success.