Latest videos have been awesome and informative with confirmation on a few things:
Nothing will be pay to win and will remain that way even the large update due 4 months after release will be completely free.
They plan to make money through merchandising, they are aiming for this to be a big twitch you tube thing and have already setup a merchandise shop with loads of content considering the game is not out yet. The game also is already making waves (excuse the pun) on twitch again despite being released yet.
Kraken will be in game will be a random spawn in the ocean that will latch onto a ship tentacles smashing down on the deck, crew can kill the tentacles arms to get loot and force the kraken back to the deaths, failure to do this will lead tot he ship being pulled down to the depths.
One piece of news some folks don't like - there wont be a fully accessible pirate creator. Instead you get 6 random pirates pop up based on some criteria yet unknown. You can keep hitting refresh for more options or until you find the look you like. This is purely physical form as all pirates start off in rags.
There will be regular events run on servers with various levels of PVP involvement
Each person can customize the look of there ship and captains cabin and crews can choose the captain of the party to use there ship.
There will be a legendary ship which is obtainable in game which has been described as having a bonus over regular ships(but no more detail yet) it will only be obtainable from quests in game. It will effectively be end game content until the large update 4 months after launch when they expect most experienced pirates by this time to have one. <-this seems to be a hint at how progression will work in game.
The update 4 months after launch is being penciled as large and the next stage of the games development. Not much more detail has been given other than it will be free and that's sort of when they expect people to be sailing round with legendary ships as a norm, the update will shake things back up again keeping it fresh alongside the regular in game events and pop ups.
Again had a great time the weekend using the SoT discord to find 4 man active crews that talked. No silent dopey bugs, altohugh on the one run we did get this kid sounded bout 15 and he was as dense as a plank of wood but thought he knew everything and kept "advising" everyone, we all know the type lol.
I have already pre-ordered so will be on the 20th or when the usual server nightmare calms down - unrelated I have a week and a half off work starting a week after launch (wasn't planned at all i swere ) So will be hammering out some runs during that week and I am happy to help anyone on learn and get good loots Unless we get some DKR crews going I will be on SoT discord for most the time as I don't want to waste time looking for crews so it be best to add me on xbox live and ping me when you are looking for a crew - or come say hi on the Sot discord and drag me back
Super looking forward to this launch as many of you know so see you on discord and in game (still playing fortnight battle royal if anyone interested in the mean time -actually winning games now too )