It’s no secret that Sea of Thieves has had quite a few issues since its launch last week. Most notably, players have been slamming the servers, trying to get online and partake of Rare’s pirate sandbox. Unfortunately, that influx of players has also led to several other problems, including some bugs with the game’s messaging system.
While connection issues were high on Rare’s to-do list for Sea of Thieves, smaller problems have had to be put on the back burner. In fact, Rare has even had to disable some features in the game, like achievements, for the time being.
Rare doesn’t have a timeline for when achievements will be re-enabled, but the developer hopes to have everything up and running by the end of the week. For now, however, players will not unlock any achievements while playing Sea of Thieves.
“We have had to temporarily disable achievements being awarded to allow our services to cope with the scale of the messages flowing through them, and this has lasted longer than anticipated.”
“We are storing all awarded achievements, and are working to deliver these for all affected players. There is some groundwork in the patch arriving [today] that enables us to then deliver the delayed achievements via a service-side change, but ETA on this is a little loose whilst we work on the plan. We are hoping to enable this by the end of the week, and will share more information soon.”
The good news, though, is that Rare is still tracking player’s progress on Sea of Thieves achievements, so when they are re-enabled the achievements completed should unlock. Granted, Rare also said that players should receive all of their missing gold and reputation once things calmed down with the servers, and many reported not receiving everything they earned. In other words, don’t be surprised if some achievement progress is not entirely accurate once everything is re-enabled.
Rare has a fairly substantial list of things that need fixing with Sea of Thieves, and a patch releasing later today should address some of player’s issues. Specifically, Rare hopes to make sure that all players that unlocked the Black Dog Pack gear via a code should see those items appear in their inventory once the patch arrives.
On top of that, Sea of Thieves players are still seeing a delay in gold and reputation rewards and there has been some server instability noted on the forums. Not all of these issues will be fixed by this week’s patch, but Rare is hoping to get the more pressing problems ironed out. At the very least, this patch should put the game on the path towards stability and new content releases, even if some problems still persist.
Sea of Thieves is available now for PC and Xbox One.