What Does 'The World is Changing' Mean in Sea of Thieves

A strange message appeared on your screen in Sea of Thieves and you want answers!


There is a lot of mystery in Sea of Thieves. What was this world like before we arrived on the scene to find treasure? What other adventures await us in the future? And more importantly: this strange message appeared on my screen, what does it mean?

“The World is Changing” Message in Sea of Thieves

Sometimes when you’re playing Sea of Thieves, a cryptic message will appear on screen that reads:

The world is changing, new dangers there be
Between boundless sky and treacherous sea
On rolling waves with sails unfurled
Ships come to plunder this new world

This peculiar message has taken many pirates by surprise. It’s incredibly cryptic and doesn’t reveal much about what it actually means. It is also strikingly similar to riddles received from the Gold Hoarders voyages, though it’s not a riddle that will lead to a reward.

Whenever you see this message appear on screen it’s signalling the merging of two worlds. Because Sea of Thieves is a seamless world that must be populated by players, Rare has set it up so that you won’t ever be the only player on a server. What this all means is that whenever a server has too few players, the game searches for another server with a small quantity of players and brings the two together. Instead of using loading screens, Rare opted for a more mysterious approach that adheres to the theme of the game.

The official Sea of Thieves Twitter also, cryptically, confirmed this.

Though there’s not some great mystery or secret voyage surrounding the message that appears on your screen, at least you now know what it means. For more answers to your pirate-related questions, check out our Sea of Thieves Guide!

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