News | Launch of Amazon mmo New World attracts many Steam players

Amazon Games' mmo New World launched yesterday and has attracted a large amount of players.

In the first 24 hours of launch, there were 707,230 concurrent players on the game at its busiest time, according to figures from SteamDB. It is currently the second most popular game on Steam after Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

New World came out in beta earlier this year and was able to attract many players back then. There were, however, reports of gamers who had broken graphics cards after playing the game, but this would be fixed shortly afterwards with a patch.

New World is Amazon Games’ first successful game. Amazon’s Lord of the Rings mmo was canceled and the multiplayer game Crucible was also removed after launch.

News | New World Open Beta Announced

An open beta of Amazon Games' New World was announced during Gamescom Opening Night Live.

It looks set to be Amazon Games’ first successful game as the current closed beta is popular on Steam. Amazon’s Lord of the Rings mmo was canceled and the multiplayer game Crucible was also removed after launch.

Despite the large player numbers, the New World beta did not run smoothly. Last month it was revealed that beta testers had broken video cards – especially the GeForce RTX 3090. This seemed to be due to too high frame rates being reached. Amazon said it has no indication that it is a widespread problem, but released a patch that locks the number of framerates per second.

The open beta is from September 9 to 12. The mmo will be released in full on September 28.

News | Amazon MMO New World postponed to the end of September

Amazon has again postponed their upcoming mmo New World, this time to September 28.

The game should have been released last year, then it was postponed to the spring of this year and then to August 31. So now the release date is September 28th. The postponement has been chosen because the recent beta has generated a lot of feedback. The developer wants to use that feedback to make final improvements to the game.

However, the beta was a success, at one point there were more than 200,000 simultaneous players on Steam. There were reports of broken video cards, in particular the GeForce RTX 3090, due to unlocked frame rates. In response, Amazon Games released a patch that locked the number of framerates per second. Still, the publisher claimed it wasn’t a widespread problem.

New World is a sandbox mmo set in a fictional seventeenth century American colony. Uniquely, the setting is inspired by what it really was like in North America at the time, but many of the legends and myths of that era are real in the game. Players can build their own civilization alone, but also together.

Preview | New World

Many people can’t wait for Amazon’s newest video game the new New World. This game is expected to breathe new life into the MMORPG genre. The New World game was initially expected in 2020, but has unfortunately been delayed. New World is expected to be released on August 31, 2021, but it remains to be seen whether Amazon will actually meet this deadline.

New World is the upcoming Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game or MMORPG from Amazon under the name Amazon Game Studios. Although the New World game was initially announced for May 2020, as previously stated, it has been delayed for more than a year because there was still a lot of criticism about the state of the game. Compared to other MMOs like World of Warcraft, where you have to buy the game and pay monthly, the New World game will only maintain a “buy-to-play” model. This means that you only have to purchase the game and you can play unlimited.

As a player, you can team up with up to 4 other players in a group. There are three factions in the game which are Marauders, Syndicate and Covenant. The New World game has a crafting system and offers both PvE (Player vs Environment) and PvP (Player vs Player). You can also take over settlements, do quests or just explore the world.

A big difference with many other MMORPGs is that you don’t have an auto targeting system. This means that you will have to focus on your target yourself. As far as is known, you can choose between a variety of weapons including bows, hammers, guns, spears, axes, sword and shield, an ice gauntlet and a life of fire staff. In addition, you also have the standard stats that you need to increase to become stronger like Constitution, Focus, Intelligence, Strength and Dexterity.

The professions can be divided into 3 different categories: Crafting, Refining and Gathering. Crafting means professions such as Weaponsmithing or Cooking. Refining means the refining of certain materials like the smelting of ore or leather processing. Gathering is of course the collection of materials, such as Mining or picking herbs.

Important and especially unique about the New World PC game is the fact that there are no classes in New World. You have the complete freedom in which weapons you want to use and how you want to develop your character. Instead, you focus on upgrading certain weapons through the Weapon Mastery system. The more you focus on a certain weapon, the more options you have with it. Ultimately, the idea is to pick a few weapons you want to specialize in, so you can switch between them during combat depending on the situation.

As a player, you can even buy a house of your own and fill it with furniture of your choice. In addition, you can then quickly move between cities if you buy houses in different cities.

The combat system of the New World PC game is a lot more dynamic than that of other older MMORPGs. The developers have stated that they were inspired by the Dark Souls system, which means that you will have to roll a lot to dodge things and find openings where you can attack instead of always playing offensive. However, the combat system still has some small flaws. The animations are very long and the timing for rolling to avoid attacks is very tight.

We conclude that Amazon’s New World PC game may breathe new life into the MMORPG genre. Amazon is of course a gigantic company and also has the necessary investments to make a game qualitatively very strong. However, the question is whether Amazon Games can also fulfill the wishes of the players as this is their first MMORPG.

According to the Amazon Games website, the minimum specs to play New World are as follows:
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 / AMD CPU with 4 physical cores @ 3Ghz
Memory: 8GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 670 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 or better
DirectX: Version 12
Network: Broadband Internet
Storage: 35 GB available space

In terms of graphics, the game is beautiful, but can New World also meet the expectations of players worldwide in terms of combat and content? That will have to wait until August 31, 2021.