Microsoft and its development studios are building a good reputation when it comes to accessibility: if you’ve already impressed us with the Xbox Adaptive Controller or the measures against arachnophobia in Grounded, now it’s Rare who is taking an interesting initiative to combat thalassophobia in Sea of Thieves.
If you are uncomfortable with the idea of diving into the deepest part of the ocean, something very common that can produce a physical sensation of suffocation in some people, you will be happy to know that one of the elements introduced in the latest update of the fun pirate game is a kind of an invisible life jacket that prevents you from sinking: that is, you can sacrifice the option of diving in exchange for guaranteeing the oxygen supply and the safety of the outside.
“If you fall off a high cliff, or a cannonball forces you out of the nest and you end up in the sea, this option will make you float to the surface.” It can be easily activated in the accessibility tab, within the configuration menu. In reality, this option is nothing more than the most striking of a long list of new and interesting faculties that support the idea of being able to play SoT with a single analog stick. I recommend you read the full blog post to discover them all.
Since 2018, Rare has continued to introduce content and features into Sea of Thieves, transforming an initially empty title into a successful and constantly evolving product. The British studio recently introduced the Ashen Winds update, with new bosses and cosmetics to collect, as well as a flamethrower skull.