Microsoft and Rare today unveiled the content and features for the upcoming Season 8 of the hit game Sea of Thieves.
The biggest new feature is faction-based PvP, which will allow you to side-select (temporarily) for on-demand battles between Keepers of Fortune loyal to the Pirate Master and his allies, and Servants of the Flame loyal to the Fiery Heart.
By the way, today we also learned that the Flameheart faction won the battle that began in the last adventure, as a result of which Pendragon was banished to the Sea of the Damned.
Once you’ve chosen your side with the Hourglass of Fate, you can continue your adventures or actively hunt and sink enemy ships.
By using the war action card on the captain’s table, you can also get in touch with an enemy ship. Your ship will literally sink under the water and take you to an open world battle zone where you will face your opponent. If you leave the combat zone before your opponent is defeated, you will drown, but winning the duel will make the hourglass of fate more valuable.
When you’re ready to stop fighting, you can sell the hourglass at the outpost for gold. By fighting, you also gain the rank of ally, which allows you to level up your faction. Several victories in a row increase your streak, and if you score four victories, you will become the champion of the faction and will be marked on the map so that the enemies can challenge you.
Defeating an enemy faction champion gives you a bit more loyalty and a lot more hourglass than normal, and you’ll get even more loyalty if you fight with treasure on board (more treasure equals more loyalty).
Of course, increasing the level of loyalty allows you to receive unique rewards, and when you reach level 100, you can access the secret areas of the Athena’s Luck tavern or the Reaper’s lair.
In addition to a number of exclusive rewards found in these zones, you can undergo a ritual to become an undead (ghost or skeleton depending on the faction).
The new season starts November 22nd.
Sea of Thieves is currently available on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. You can also purchase it through Game Pass.