Amazon Games MMO New World Delayed to Spring 2021

New World

Amazon Games have announced a delay in the release date for their Age of Discovery-inspired fantasy MMO New World.

The game was originally set to launch in May 2020, then delayed to August 25th. Now, Amazon Games’ Studio Director Rich Lawrence has announced they will delaying the game to Spring 2021.

The reason from this seems to stem from feedback from the game’s Alpha tests, and the developers now seeking to ensure that the most dedicated players have plenty of middle and endgame experiences.”

To compensate for this, a beta will be held for a limited time from August 25th. A beta sign-up will come later, with those who pre-ordered the game also gaining access.

You can read the full announcement below.

With our August 25th launch approaching, we have been scrutinizing our feature list, taking input from our Alpha audience, and listening to what they enjoyed (or didn’t!) about the current game. We’re incredibly grateful for all of the support and suggestions from our Alpha players, ranging from the folks who spent thousands of hours in New World to those who just sampled — it’s all valuable.

I’m proud of the hard work the team has done, making the game ready for launch with the features we intended for release. We also have a list of features that we planned to start working on once we were in live development, as that is part of operating an MMO. When we examined the feedback we received over the last several months from our Alpha audience, we saw that players like the game, and they would like to see even more of it. In particular, we want to ensure that the most dedicated players have plenty of middle and endgame experiences as they venture through Aeternum. We want our players to feel completely immersed in the game, and know that our studio stands for quality and lasting gameplay you can trust — and that means added time to get things where we want them before we fully release.

As a result, we will be changing our launch date – and correspondingly, our final beta test – to spring 2021. We don’t make the decision lightly, and we have urgency about getting the game to you as quickly as possible at the best quality — with some additions that will make the experience even better.

We’re passionate about the game we’ve been making and want to add more features and content before we share it with a wider audience. As a thank you to our community, we will be providing a special opportunity for our Beta sign-up and pre-order customers (plus our Alpha testers, thank you!) to play the full game of New World – in its current state, for a limited period of time starting on August 25th. We will send an email directly to those customers detailing the process to participate. We’re confident that you’ll feel that the game has as much promise as we do, and will understand why we want to take the extra time to make this experience the best it can be at release.

New World launches Spring 2021 for Windows PC via Steam.

In other news, Amazon Games suffered another blow early this month. Their hero shooter Crucible returned to closed beta, after a poor reception and dwindling player numbers.



Ryan was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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