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Just about every major game these days has a day one patch. Sea of Thieves also has a day one patch, but it's not the kind of patch that you're thinking about it, and it's already taken the community by storm.
User Darkwizard98 posted the image of the "Day 1 Patch" for Sea of Thieves on the Sea of Thieves sub-Reddit, where a lot of people had a hearty laugh about the launch-day item. Typically, when a post about a day one patch goes live, people expect a changelog and an inordinate gigabyte size for what they'll have to download and install for the game. In this case, however, the post was an image of a literal eye-patch with a number one on it to signify that it's a "Day 1" eye-patch that was made available on the launch day of Sea of Thieves.
The patch will run you one coin, so if you have a single coin to spare you can equip it on your custom character.
This was actually the idea of the community, giving Rare a heads-up just a month ago to potentially add a day one eye-patch to Sea of Thieves on launch day as a nice little gleeful nod to typical launch day culture.
Hilariously enough, user ZilorZilhaust suggested that Rare should just make a black eye patch with the #1 on it. Sure enough, that's exactly what Rare did.
The original thread maker who suggested Rare make a day one patch in the first place, Jefabell, actually got a shout-out in the description of the patch, with Rare writing...
A message in a bottle from Jolly Jefabell washed ashore. Eye patch makers read it and said 'aye'.
I guess it's quite clear that Rare actually does listen to the community feedback and also checks out the Sea of Thieves sub regularly.
The team has been working on the game for the last few years, ironing out the content and creating a solid gameplay loop for the multiplayer seafaring PvE-PvP game. One of the things that Rare set out to do early on is avoid having boost or raise stats for the player-character. So, anyone who gets their hand on the day one eye-patch is just doing it for looks and prestige and not because it actually changes anything about the way the game plays.
The actual launch date is March 20th for both the Xbox One and on Windows 10 for PC. Gamers can look forward to the day one eye-patch once the game officially launches. Some users believe that this specially themed Sea of Thieves item will only be available for a limited time, so it might be best to grab it once it becomes available.