Rare Studio has released update 2.7.0 for the multiplayer action game about pirates Sea of Thieves, with which the eighth season started. It made a pretty important change to the PvP aspect. On the captain’s table of the ship, you need to interact with the hourglass to choose one of the two factions. If you do not, you will not participate in their confrontation.
However, choosing a faction provides many advantages, so you should not neglect it. For example, you can earn loyalty by destroying enemy ships to unlock new rewards. At level 75, access to the Lair of the Dead opens, and at level 100, you can visit the new areas of the Treasures of Athena tavern. More details in Russian can be found at this link.
Update 2.7.0 also added new cosmetic items, made several gameplay tweaks, and fixed bugs. The full list of changes is available on the official website.