‘Captain of the Ferry of the Damned deduct a small gold fee when you die’
So it seems there are some changes to Sea of Thieves that are coming in addition to the “day one [item] patch” joke very soon.
Tucked away in their 1.0 patch notes is a “coming updates” section, which explains a new mechanic: “Death Cost.” As per the notes: “This new feature has the Captain of the Ferry of the Damned deduct a small gold fee when you die. Rates are dependent on the cause of death, so the more avoidable the death, the less patience the Captain will have when we enable this feature! Please note, we never intended to charge players for PvP related deaths, as we understand the negative impact this would have on player experience.”
That last bit is cute sounding, but folks are already up in arms about the change, mainly because Rare had already taken a ton of player feedback to heart in the beta, and decided to launch the game without this alteration — then patch it in directly after launch. It’ll be interesting to see if Rare goes ahead with it, and what the impact will be.
Release Notes [Sea of Thieves]