Sea of Thieves new expansion Cursed Sails is out today, bringing three-man Brigantine ships, Skeleton Crewed vessels, a timed campaign and hair dyes to the game. The campaign will be live for three weeks and all the new features will stay after it is over. To mark the release of this expansion, Joe Neate, Executive Producer at Rare, announced on Xbox Wire that Sea of Thieves has reached 5 million players.

Here’s what Joe Neate had to say: 

Being able to share that we’ve welcomed more than five million players to Sea of Thieves since launch 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 our creative community embrace the possibilities that Sea of Thieves presents is an inspiration to everyone at the studio, and on behalf of us all at Rare, I’d like to thank everyone who’s been a part of this amazing adventure.

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!
Sea of Thieves had reached four million players by E3 2018, so hitting five million players now is no small feat and it’s clear Rare is extremely happy with the results. As Sea of Thieves continues to grow and evolve, it’ll be interesting to see where it is this time next year.