Yes­ter­day, Rare released their lat­est patch for Sea of Thieves, which most­ly has to do with recent­ly released Cursed Sails DLC. How­ev­er, they also made some key per­for­mance improve­ments, crash fix­es, addi­tion­al fix­es for oth­er known issues and improve­ments based on com­mu­ni­ty feed­back.

Cursed Sails — Battles

Sea of Thieves Patch 1.2.1 Notes

  • Cursed Sails Bat­tle Times — Play­ers who can only play dur­ing fixed times will be able to bat­tle for a dif­fer­ent region each week. For exam­ple, if this week your fixed play­time only allows you to encounter The Bat­tle for the Shores of Plen­ty, next week you will encounter The Great Bat­tle of the Ancient Isles dur­ing the same fixed play­time. 

Patch 1.2.1

  • Cursed Sails Bat­tle Encounter Indi­ca­tor — Bat­tle music can now be heard from greater dis­tances. Addi­tion­al­ly, the flow when UI ban­ners appear and music plays has been improved.
  • Cursed Sails Resources — Trea­sure items and Bar­rels of Plen­ty will now float for longer. This allows greater oppor­tu­ni­ty to find resources and trea­sures mid-bat­tle.
  • Cursed Sails Bat­tle Cooldown — The timer between bat­tles has been extend­ed to give play­ers a chance to col­lect loot dropped by defeat­ing the skele­ton crews.
  • Cursed Sails Bat­tle Despawn — The bat­tle despawn timer has been increased, which will give sunk crews a greater chance to sail back and con­tin­ue the bat­tle they start­ed.
  • Skele­ton Ship VFX — Improve­ments have been made to VFX of water splash­es when skele­ton ships emerge.

Performance Improvements

  • Mul­ti­ple serv­er and client crash fix­es. 
    Fur­ther improve­ments and opti­mi­sa­tions for all plat­forms are ongo­ing.

Fixed Issues

  • Skele­ton Forts have been re-enabled.
  • Skele­tons and ani­mals now spawn as intend­ed.
  • Play­ers fired from can­nons will no longer occa­sion­al­ly trav­el in unin­tend­ed direc­tions.
  • Fir­ing your­self out of a can­non no longer caus­es muf­fled can­non audio to per­sist.
  • Ship Liv­er­ies that change the colour of the ship’s hull now cor­rect­ly change the colour of the cap­stan.
  • Alliance join/leave/disband pop-ups now appear even when the play­er is in the Flag Box menu.
  • The Brigantine’s miss­ing bell has now been found and added.
  • Play­ers speak­ing to a Gold Hoard­er NPC at an Out­post will no longer incor­rect­ly receive “The Hun­ger­ing DeepBegins” ban­ners.

Known Issues

  • The Krak­en has been tem­porar­i­ly dis­abled due to per­for­mance issues. 
    We are work­ing to enable this fea­ture as quick­ly as pos­si­ble.
  • Items placed behind the bar­rels at the bow of the Brig­an­tine can­not be picked back up.
  • Mer­chant Alliance crates on board a ship which sinks will not float to the sur­face and can­not be picked up.
Source: Rare