The new file sizes are substantially smaller than before.
Rare has announced that Sea of Thieves will be receiving a major update that will require players to download and reinstall a full version of the game – though the new version’s file size will be significantly smaller.
Announced through the official Sea of Thieves website, the update will be coming to PC and Xbox One on February 6. Executive producer Joe Neate explained that this new version is necessary to keep the overall size of the game from spiraling out of control with subsequent updates, and will allow Rare to be able to generate and transfer new builds of the game more quickly in the future.
For Xbox One and Xbox One S users, the install size of the game will be reduced from 35GB to 10 GB. For Xbox One X users, it will go from 47GB to 25GB. For PC users, it will go from 47GB to 27GB. Subsequent patches will increase this number, but only slightly in comparison to past updates. When prompted to update, it will download and automatically reinstall the full game.
Rare has also commented during a developer update on how it will ban cheaters in Sea of Thieves. “We’ve taken a look at our data and some reports from players, and on Friday we actually took the steps to ban a very small amount of people within Sea of Thieves who had been cheating,” said Neate. “We’ll continue to monitor this on a regular basis. We have a zero tolerance approach to this so if you’re thinking about cheating, don’t. There’s literally no point because we will find you and we will ban you.”
The update coming on February 6 will also bring along with it quality of life changes including the option to turn off visible Gamertags so strangers can’t identify other crews and attempt to jump into Twitch streams, combat tweaks like removing a double gunning exploit, and a secret that will be revealed at a later date.
Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.