If you missed it, Sea of Thieves patch 1.0.8 brought the item sharing feature back so pirates can help their crew out more directly and they may need it when the free expansion goes live. The next time a major update hits, Sea of Thieves will be ushering pirates into The Hungering Deep as the first of the DLC roadmap sets sail. On May 29, 2018, the free update will put players on the path of Merry Merrick and add some new mechanics, items, and a new creature to the seafaring formula.
The Hungering Deep will add ship flags, a speaking trumpet for shouting at other pirates, selectable tattoos, and selectable scars. A drum is also being added, adding another layer to the sea shanties.
In addition to these cosmetic and functional items, The Hungering Deep includes a new campaign that will only be available for a limited time. It's initiated by a Bilge Rat contact in the island taverns and includes some exclusive rewards that can only be earned by unraveling Merrick's tale. Success will require following a trail of riddles and rumors.
There's also a new threat at sea, one that is now a permanent addition to Sea of Thieves. All that's known right now is that it "won't be easily vanquished" and the risk of encountering it will live on. We'll update when we learn more about it when The Hungering Deep arrives May 29.
Let us know what you think of these new additions over in the Shacknews Chatty and stay tuned for additional updates. Bookmark our Sea of Thieves guide and walkthrough just in case you need some help navigating the rough waters.