A post on the
Sea of Thieves Website
recaps a preview event discussing what's in store
for Rare's seafaring action/adventure in 2022. Included is the news that the
"extremely difficult decision" has been made to shut down the game's PvP Arena
as of March 10th.
has more on the news. Word is The Arena never attracted the interest required to
justify continuing its support:
Sadly, among this flurry of new features,
we do have to say goodbye to an old stalwart. As we go full steam ahead with
Adventure mode, the pirate sandbox that’s always been at the heart of Sea of
Thieves, we’re making the extremely difficult decision to close down The Arena.
We launched The Arena with high hopes back in 2019 as part of the Anniversary
Update, but as just 2% of our player base have regularly engaged with this
dedicated competitive mode, it’s finally become untenable to keep providing
technical updates and QA for both The Arena and Adventure modes. To build a
future for Sea of Thieves, we have to dedicate our resources to the areas of the
game in which most of our players are invested.
We offer our heartfelt thanks to all you hardcore Arena players for supporting
Arena during its life – and its doors will be open for a little while longer,
until March 10th, if you want to gather a crew of the fiercest fighters around
for a last hurrah. For full details of how we’re handling The Arena’s closure
and handing out its classic ship cosmetics as a token of our gratitude to past
players, see our dedicated article,
to The Arena.