Sea of Thieves’ Kraken has been disabled to make way for the Cursed Sails update

Sea of Thieves has seen two major aspects of its late-game content temporarily disabled ahead of the release of its latest update, Cursed Sails. In a developer update posted yesterday, the game’s executive producer, Joe Neate, informed players that Skelton Forts and the Kraken had both been disabled to allow the update to go ahead without issue.

Neate says that the features were disabled due to “performance issues,” because developer Rare “believe that there’s so much cool stuff in this update that we wanted to stick to the original release date.” While Neate acknowledges that it’s not a perfect solution, he says that the team will be working on fixing the performance issues “as soon as possible.”

While you might not have access to the Kraken or those forts at the moment, the new content in Cursed Sails should make up for it. The big highlight are skeleton ships, which offer PvE experiences without having to disembark to an island. There’s also a new Sea of Thieves ship, the Brigantine, which is perfectly kitted out for three players.

Finally, there are player alliances, making it easier to split loot with other crews, but also making it even more satisfying to stab them in the back. The Cursed Sails update should be live now, but you might have to force the game to update. To do so, head to the game in the Microsoft Store, click the drop down in the top right, and head to ‘downloads and updates.’

Sea of Thieves has now surpassed five million players, which is pretty good going, especially given the concerns about long-term content that surrounded the game’s release. You can check out Neate’s Kraken-related update in the video above.