Amazon’s New World video possibly leaked, New World Amazon page has vanished

A short, anonymous video posted to the New World subreddit has the community buzzing that this might be an authentic leak from the secretive massively multiplayer game that Amazon has been developing for the last few years now.

It appears to be part of a marketing trailer that lays out how players will interact with each other in small- and large-scale activities. We also get glimpses of some of the graphics, including players running around with muskets and armor, a town fort, and interactive maps.

The full narration of the video is as follows: “Group up in parties large or small for coordination. Share chat, maps, status awareness, buffs, and experience. Working together has never been so easy. Guilds and alliances enable the organization of hundreds of players, with their own tasks and roles in large-scale efforts toward a massive martial and economic power.”

It should be noted that there has been no confirmation from Amazon that this video is authentic and should be treated as a rumor — an intriguing one, at that — until proven otherwise, though sleuthing by our tipsters and Redditors has uncovered some interesting parallels to the dormant twitter account of the game’s creative director, which may be a clue – or may just be the sort of thing a hoaxster would pick up on.

Source: Reddit. Thanks Spider!
Update: Multiple reliable MOP sources, including one on staff, have reported that they just received update notices for New World on Amazon – you’ll recall that the company asked gamers in 2016 to sub to the game on Amazon for future information. Obviously, the game is not accessible, in spite of the email, and the game’s Amazon landing page itself has vanished. Speculation is running a bit dark right now, as players wonder whether the leak was a result of a possible game cancellation.

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Mikey's Bored

What if they were simply removing the “pre-order” option from the page because neither game (New World or Crucible) or anywhere near ready for that, yet? I wasn’t expecting any real news on this game for at least a couple of years. One would think they would announce any cancellations, as they did with Breakaway, especially by now since it’s been several days since this whole situation took place.

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Nathaniel Downes

So THAT is what that email and “pre-order” was. When it hit, I was scratching my head.

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MrEllis

I wonder if…

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Cosmic Cleric

I don’t get it?

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MrEllis

I believe you.

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Cosmic Cleric

Who’s on first?

Really, I don’t understand the “XPs” reference as a button??

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MrEllis
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Cosmic Cleric

Ah, ok. Never heard of those buttons before today.

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Celestia

I got the email. Thought it was odd.

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Robert Mann

What the heck video player doesn’t have a pause or stop? Annoying! Should have a warning on it!

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drgreenhoe

Looks interesting. Keep us informed. Please.

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Sray

I pre-ordered before Amazon’s presentation ended at Twitchcon 2016, but note the date listed on my account page now.

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Leiloni

Well what’s interesting is that the pages for both New World and Crucible have changed in the past few days.

Looking at the Jan 2 cached page for Crucible, it had a pre-order button and said the item was not yet released. Today however it just says “Currently Unavailable” with a lot of text missing and a button to get an email when it becomes available – but no pre-order button.

The New World Jan 3 Cache just says – in red this time – Currently Unavailable and nothing else, not even a button to be emailed.

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Leiloni

There’s something about the scene at the end with the guy running with the torch that reminds me of GW2 graphically. Not sure if it really does resemble GW2 or if it’s just confirmation bias.

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sirsam

I have to say that it looks nothing like gw2. It tends to lean more towards photorealism with trees and fauna that sway, smoke that has body and much more realistic looking reflections. Also the scale is much better in terms of environment to character.

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Leiloni

I didn’t get the email from Amazon that other people did so I think it was some sort of mistake. Interestingly, New World still shows up here https://games.amazon.com/games. So either the “Stay Updated” link was changed to reflect an upcoming update such as testing, or the game was cancelled and they forgot to remove the listing from the Amazon Game Studios page.

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Leiloni

I can’t edit this but I read a comment on the New World subreddit and double checked my email – I got this same email back on December 13, a year after I originally placed the pre-order. So it appears it’s some sort of automatic email that gets sent a year after a pre-order was placed.

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squidgod2000

Dead link; can’t find the game on Amazon anymore.

Guessing that this video got leaked because the game was cancelled.

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deekay_plus

tbh could just be a sku refresh. ie they took the sku off the public listing and removed all entries of orders for it as they move to some kind of (internal) testing or another with another sku.

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squidgod2000

If not for the leak, I’d agree, but both at the same time? Suspicious.

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deekay_plus

ye. i wasn’t expecting anything of substance on this title for another 1-3 years so unless there’s some legit looking anon insider leaks confirming it’s death i’mma wait it out.

i’ll thow in full disclosure that i thought them hiring specific anet leads for this project was major red flag territory, but not for this reason.

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lemony800

ArenaNet leads aren’t working on the MMO. They are working on Crucible. MMO is being developed in California. Crucible is being developed in Seattle.

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deekay_plus

fair enough. amazon games hiring them was still a red flag.

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donvweel

Things have been awfull quiet over there at Amazon Game Studio, I hope there is a nice big surprise comming in a new MMO. I think running silent is a great idea because expectations can get too high. Amazon certainly has the horsepower to make something, and they have a huge cloud server platform to deliver and run the game.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Probably fallout after the de facto cancellation of Breakaway.

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squidgod2000

Honestly they may be taking more of an old-school game development tack and finishing the bulk of the game before they start advertising it. It would make sense considering they’re not reliant on pre-sales for funding. They may be willing to rely more on Amazon’s market power (and control of Twitch) to generate hype quickly just before launch as opposed to having to dribble out updates and promises to build hype over time.

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donvweel

Yes I would agree that seems to make the most sense business wise.

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Michael18

Voice sounds childish and unprofessional. For a very early, internal design video that might be the case, but what makes me suspicious is that by what is being said and by how it is said, it seems to aim to mimic a professional marketing video. I’d say at least the audio is fake.

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semugh

it looks fine I guess, needs more polishing, black desert is here dudes and eastern devs are churning out hyper realistic games like no tomorrow. Also it’s refreshing they don’t use a tolkienesque setting.
Yeah the biggest question of the game industry is how can you do a medieval setting without orcs and elves, Tolkien or GRR Martin.

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Armsbend

Early America is not medieval.

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Cosmic Cleric

Early America is not medieval.

Medieval is post modern to Early Americans.

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steve

I must admit, that part gets at me. European Conquistadors on one player faction, vs death-god-worshiping warlock natives? Are they bringing the Church into this, because I’m getting more than a little of an Apocalypto meets righteous crusade vibe. Inquisition. Babies sacrificed. Books burned.

I can’t for the life of me imagine how they can pull off that setting in a way that I’d be attracted to play.

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Castagere Shaikura

I see this game being insulting to Native Americans. If they even have them in the game.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

There is few instances of art featuring Native Americans seen in the material released so far.

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johnwillo

Modern America is getting there.

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Armsbend

Nicely played :)

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Dug From The Earth

I hope that mess of a low framerate indie looking early access scam video, isnt the game amazon is trying to work on.

If it is… lol

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A Dad Supreme

I’m not sure what it is, but I’d rather play this than that Civil War “Battle for State’s Rights for Slavery” MMO or whatever it was that was featured here last month.

The fact that it took 15 seconds to load, find a target and fire a gun in the other was a big turnoff and you can see with this style that won’t be the case simply based on the artstyle.

Plus there’s that other elephant in the room with the other one we don’t have to bring up with this one, so less controversy (and distraction) is a big plus.

Downside is it looks to be primarily a PvP smashfest which isn’t my thing, so not hardly enthused about that at all.

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Duey Bear

This looks like a temp pitch with unfinished footage, so yeah, might be a real leak.

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agemyth 😩

That was too short T_T

Was not enough to get excited about other than it is still a AAA MMO in a market mostly abandoned by everyone but indies. Just please don’t shoehorn in Twitch integration in any way that affects the game… I have to imagine Amazon Game Studios exists almost entirely to create products that tie in with Twitch.

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squidgod2000

I’m sure it’ll have some kind of one-button Twtich streaming capability, and the PvP focus is obviously to make it Twitch-friendly, but hopefully there won’t be any bonuses tied specifically to streaming or attracting viewers…hopefully.

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Melissa McDonald

sounds like Life is Feudal, then.
Bummer.

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silverlock

Maybe in basic concept but not at all in execution.

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Armsbend

This actually looks like a real leak – rather than a contrived marketing one.

That said – this is exactly my type of game. Real locations in early americas? yes, please. If this is New World at all.

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styopa

I’m astonished that in 2017 we’d be offered a game where the “anonymous bad guys” are going Native Americans, (or some other stand-in creature obviously filling the IRL role of Natives in that context).

I don’t object to it, but considering the implications, I would have to believe we’re practically guaranteed a torrent of SJW rage at the very idea.

I mean, these are the mobs that were baying for blood at the very implication of Tracer’s ass from Overwatch.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Based on earlier hints, we might see Spanish Conquistadors that have sought the Fountain of Youth as baddies role…

But yes, what troubles me is that there is no evidence of an option to play as a Native American. But perhaps that is for an expansion…

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Leiloni

It would be a big mistake to use Early America as your backdrop and not include Native American’s in some fashion, either as NPC’s or a playable faction. We don’t have much concrete information yet on this game so we’ll just have to wait and see on that one I guess.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Based on artwork, Native Americans as NPCs is a certainty.

But nothing indicates playable Native Americans so far.

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Armsbend

In the new world I’d think bad guys are anyone and anything who is trying to remove your soul from it;s body. Bears, natives, settlers wanting what you have for themselves…or maybe in this case some spiritual element. It can be anything really. But I’d hope you can be/fight natives as well. The visceral, man on man with only hand weapons combat that was real in the time period is something a lot of people are interested in.

Has jack all to do with politics and everything to do with history to me.

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Knox Harrington

If New World stays true to history, the Native Americans will not be the obvious bad guys. A case could easily be made for the European settlers being the bad guys. It’ll be one of those scenarios where there’s a huge grey area across the board instead of something more black and white.

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Leiloni

Some grey area would be great not just for playability, but for realism. Give both some pros and cons and let the players go from there.

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styopa

That would be fantastic, but frankly I’m doubtful any MMO could pull off that level of…greyscale realism. MMO factions tend toward cartoonishly simple crossing into caricature.

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Emperor Caligula

Looks horrible, like 15 years ago. Meh.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

This would be a very early build. No polishing.

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Chris Moss

Gotta say, this does not look that impressive

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Nathaniel Downes

This looks amazing, once you consider the state that the game is in. The pretty bits and polish come much later in the cycle.

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bv728

This looks like an early internal ‘sizzle’ reel – early tech and assets, mostly to inform other teams and sell management on the project.

That being said, not my kind of game so I’m going to withhold judgement.

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deekay_plus

pretty much.

generally game development is the opposite of star citizen in terms of making the game look sexy with high quality assets and eye candy coming later int eh dev cycle. but videos like this will be made internally to kind of set the objective and tone for various teams on the project.

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Nathaniel Downes

Indeed. I know my studio does it.

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