The announcement wasn’t completely unforeseen, although there was a huge shadow of doubt that it would actually turn into an MMO. A multiplayer survival sandbox or MOBA more likely. Instead, AGS revealed that it is indeed working on a “massively multiplayer open-ended sandbox” set in an alternate version of 17th century Americas where supernatural terrors abound.
Just as opinions are flying fast and furious about New World here on Massively OP — some excited, some fearful, some hesitant — so too is the conversation about this new title spreading across the MMO blogosphere. In this special edition of Global Chat, we’ll be rounding up impressions and analysis from passionate MMO players and writers on this major announcement.
“Of course, details are few, so we don’t know how this is integrated into the game, and of course, we’re jaded. We’re in our 10th year of broken/misunderstood promises and few innovations, of playing basically the same game over and over — so I won’t get hyped for a game all I know about can be summarized in one paragraph. Still interesting, though.”
“This game sounds like it’s being built from the ground up by a big corporation board room who decided that they needed a way to increase the amount of original content on their streaming platform.”
“Internet retail giant or not, I was more than a little stunned to hear Amazon chose to take on the plague that is MMOs for their debut in video game development. Haven’t they heard there’s no money in MMOs these days — or do they know something we don’t?”
“And then there is New World, and my hype meter just exploded. We have a sandbox game, with supernatural elements being developed by a large studio, with a lot of talent and resources which is everything many of these smaller sandbox titles have needed to be great.”
“I can’t see much point getting hyped up or riled up. Yet. Let’s wait at least until there’s… something. At least the setting, one of the very few elements that has both been announced and is extremely unlikely to change, sounds promising. The elevator pitch would seem to be The Secret World in Colonial America.”
“Of course, tossing in the word ‘sandbox’ got an audible sigh from me as well, as it is also a favored term of late and seems to mean something like, ‘We’re not going to completely copy World of Warcraft.'”
“There is no guarantee this gets to market in anything resembling the state of an MMO. Blizzard’s Titan is now Overwatch and all we ever saw of SOE/Daybreak’s EverQuest Next was Landmark. These are not exactly halcyon days when it comes to MMO development.”