Sea of Thieves showcases some amazing battle mechanics and promises to be an truly captivating multiplayer game however one thing fans have been clamouring for is the knowledge of what weapons players will get to utilise within the Sea of Thieves universe. Rare has been silent on this fact leaving a lot to guesswork except for a reply to a tweet aimed at them about the same topic – weapons. With which they replied that the cinematic trailer provides clues to what weapons will be involved. I went back through the trailer and screenshots coming from Rare and compiled a list of likely and/or possible weaponry that may exist when Sea of Thieves arrives on these shores.
The staple weapon of any pirate is the cutlass, a type of curved sword that can be used for a myriad of motions from hacking and slashing, to cutting and slicing. The cutlass can be seen to be utilised by both the pirate crews and attacking skeletons and is definitely going to be one of the main weapons within this game. There was some variation in the size of the cutlasses however, from thin to thick ones and differences in the length of others. It is not confirmed whether it was just a design element within the trailer and screenshots but it seems quite positive that the sword designs will be varied in order to give more choice for the players pirate.
What kind of pirate game would this be without the addition of a flintlock pistol? The above picture taken from the Sea of Thieves cinematic trailer shows a man with a flintlock firing down either at the falling pirate or the sea beasties that are below the water. Either way he has a pistol. The flintlock is most likely going to be a decently ranged weapon with weak accuracy and a long loading time. If the gun does load and act like a traditional flintlock it will give the game a bit more ‘traditionality’ and force players to rely on strategy and other means as opposed to just sitting on a ship from afar and picking off enemy players or adds.
Okay it may be a reach with this one but throughout history, hooks in place of hands have been used for much more than just aesthetic appeal. It can clearly be seen in the image above that the pirate with the hook is utilising it to grab and haul a chest away from the deck and hopefully it will at least have a use for blocking an opponents sword and twirling it away while your pirate counter attacks. If not, I suppose I can settle for it being used as a climbing apparatus.
Historically blunderbusses have been utilised by pirates and in land based battles by organised armies because they are so devastating. For those that don’t know, a blunderbuss is a weapon that instead of firing a traditional bullet, fires whatever you place into the barrel from glass, sand, ball bearings, cutlery. It definitely does not have to be bullet in order to cause serious damage and while in game it will be expected that these weapons will be slow to fire and slow to load, a team of pirates utilising these will be able to clear out an opposing deck relatively quickly.
Yes. A shovel can be a weapon. One good smack upside the head will be the end of many a pirate and will probably cause many skeletons to lose their heads. It seems like a very last ditch weapon to defend yourself if you are attacked while digging for loot or if you have lost every other weapon at your disposal. In the image above a majority of the skeletons are utilising shovels so it might have some credence as a type of ‘non-weapon’ weapon. Fingers crossed.
This has to be in the game as there are just too many things that are explosive laying around the deck of a pirate ship from mugs and barrels of grog to kegs of gunpowder. If Rare wants to keep with the true pirate-y feel within Sea of Thieves, there has to be some cause of reaction if these substances are hit with a spark or fire or something. Hopefully if this is the case, it will not be too spectacular and devastating as to sink an entire ship based solely off that but if it caused a minute explosion to sow some chaos and minor destruction that would be entertaining. Assuming I am the blowup-er not the blowup-ee.
Its a pirate game, we already know that there is going to be cannons. Gameplay has shown the cannons in action. They function exactly like a real cannon would, with a punching power that blows holes in ships and wrecks opposing vessels rather quickly if not stopped. The cannons in Sea of Thieves will be self loading so that will make their operation a little less stressful and you can focus on delivering the most destruction on behalf of your crew. However these cannons will not be self aiming so take into account; the direction you and your enemy are travelling and the speed at which they move because if you misjudge your shot and miss, you will give your enemy an advantage they really do not need. Hopefully we will be able to fire forks and knives out of the cannon in the fashion of Pirates of the Caribbean but that is quite doubtful.