Sea of Thieves
is about to get a new one-off storyline called The Legend of Glitterbeard, and the story behind its creation is nothing short of bittersweet and heartfelt. It was created in tribute to the late James White, a member of Rare that passed away in 2020.
by Alex Hunnisett, Head of Live Service, "He was known as a gentle giant with a warm hearty laugh, down-to-earth demeanour and an epic beard that would make even the greatest pirate glow with pride. James (or Jim as we called him) was just starting his career in the games industry, but had already played an instrumental part in developing the game that you love."
Tragically the team lost Jim this time last year with many left heartbroken, with The Legend of Glitterbeard created to memorialise him in-game in a story that will celebrate his kindness.
"We’ve shaped this one-off storyline in memory of someone we miss, placing him in the world forever as the larger-than-life Glitterbeard, selfless guide to the players who follow in his wake," writes Alex Hunnisett. "Should you discover the scattered chronicles of his adventures, they – and the huge heart behind them – are something we hope you enjoy sharing with friends, family, crewmates and other voyagers you meet on the seas."