Sea of Thieves | Accessibility Features

Screenshot showing an anchor mechanism on . ship deck with rolling sea behind.

Sea of Thieves (PEGI 12) is Rare Ltd’s first person adventure game in which players sail the seas as pirates playing either solo or as part of a multiplayer crew.

The game was initially released in March 2018 on Xbox One and Windows PC. Since then the game has regularly received updates. The 2.0.5 update, released earlier this year, added some additional accessibility settings, including some that we often look for in our work at SpecialEffect. The full list can be found in the release notes here: 2.0.5 Release Notes

The Accessibility Settings can be found in the Game Options settings

Toggle Radial Menus – With this setting ‘On’,  players are able to to press their input once to open a radial menu, rather than hold it for the duration of choosing and selecting an item. Pressing the input once more after your selection with the joystick will confirm the item. More info on this setting can be found here: Support for Radial Menus

Screenshot showing Item Wheel with planks highlighted.
Using the Sticky Radial Items setting removes the need to hold the joystick over a item, whilst the Toggle Radial Menus setting removes the need to hold wheel inputs whilst choosing items.

Sticky Radial Items – Turning ‘On’ this setting when using a gamepad allows players to  release the joystick before selecting an item, rather than holding it. More information on this setting can be found here: Support for Radial Menus

Reduce Hold to Interact – Certain actions, such as loading a cannon, dropping the anchor or repairing the hull, require players to hold an input for the duration of the action. Turning this setting ‘On’ allows players to complete these actions with only an initial press of the input. More information on this setting can be found here: Support for ‘Tap to Interact’ 

Utilising the Reduce Hold to Interact setting removes the need to hold an input for the duration of particular actions, such as repairing a hull…
Screenshot showing a canon being loaded on a ship in a stormy sea.
… or loading a cannonball.

Reduce Hold to Use Item – When turned ‘On’ this allows players to toggle an items action with a press rather than hold the input. To stop the action the player will press the input again. For example, this applies to aiming a weapon, playing an instrument or raising a lantern. More information on this setting can be found here: Support for ‘Toggle to Use Item

Screenshot showing a lamp being held in first person perspective whilst crossing a wooden bridge. Sea and islands can be seen in the background.
The Reduce Hold to Use Item setting removes the need to hold the input for some actions such as raising a lamp. Instead an initial press will maintain the action until the input is pressed a second time to stop it.

Additional Guides to the Accessibility Settings in Sea of Thieves can be found here: Accessibility Guides