Big things are happening in Sea of Thieves next week, as Rare's massive, game-changing (and free) Anniversary Update finally sets sail on 30th April. And you can take a look at one of its most significant additions - the brand-new Tall Tales story campaign - in a newly revealed trailer.

Sea of Thieves' story system (which is complemented by the glorious new standalone PvP-focussed Arena mode in next week's update), introduces nine lengthy narrative-driven chapters that set crews of up to four out in search of a mysterious island known as the Shores of Gold.

As I discovered recently, the Shores of Gold is a little bit Goonies, and a little bit Indiana Jones, and could well deliver precisely the sort of swashbuckling, rip-roaring lore-driven adventures that many have been hoping to see since Sea of Thieves launched last year.

It's slick stuff, featuring all sorts of bespoke elements - ranging from proper voice acting and musical orchestration to puzzles, interactive set-pieces, and unique gameplay mechanics - with the first, introductory chapter culminating in a search for an ancient, magical artefact in a booby-trapped chamber. That particular sequence pops up in the new cinematic trailer above - with the rest consisting of characters, locations, mechanics, bosses, and sequences you can expect to experience first-hand in next week's update.

And if you've not been following along with Rare's Anniversary Update news, you can take a look at some of the other features coming next week - including the Arena mode, enhanced ship-based combat, and the new Hunter's Call trading company (incorporating fishing and harpooning) - in the videos scattered slightly upward on this page.

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