Amazon Game Studios hires Christoph Hartmann as Vice President

    
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The first big release from Amazon Game Studios, Breakaway, was pretty unceremoniously killed earlier this year. That means that the future of the studio’s other games, like the anticipated New World, feels somewhat in doubt. So it’s good news that the announcement of Cristoph Hartmann joining the team as vice president of Amazon Game Studios includes an explicit namedrop of New World as one of the titles he’ll be handling in development.

Hartmann joins the studios after his long run as president of 2K Games, so he’s got 20 years of experience in the industry. Of course, that’s not quite as calming as actual news about the game… but it’s not nothing. There are also promises of new titles to be announced, so it’s quite possible that Breakaway will turn out to be more of a hiccup than an indication of the future.

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Sally Bowls

Quite as calming as actual news about the game

That seems exceptionally optimistic ! Very very much so. Why would you think that ?

The way mmos are going, I think it is far more rational to expect to be less calm and more disappointed. I just don’t see it is likely it will come out without some fatal infection of some mix of gankbox, battle royale, esports, streamers, loot boxes, p2w, Asian grind, …

You may be eager to meet your blind date, but meeting them does not guarantee you will have high[er] expectations about the upcoming date.

I really, really like Amazon and hope New World is great.

However, I propose a poll: what do you feel are the chances NW will be a game you like and play a lot? If it were not Amazon, I would go 1%, for Amazon, I’ll go 10%

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Armsbend

More suits. Great.

Glad to know it is still going though.

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peor togs

Stoked to see what the former Sony group is up to in San Diego.

Would love to see if the old GW1 crew could come up with something like a guild wars 1.5. Good gameplay is key.

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Bruno Brito

Related to Scott Hartmann?

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BalsBigBrother

Don’t think so as the surnames are different, Scott Hartsman / Cristoph Hartmann

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Bryan Correll

Maybe he’s related to Cristoph Waltz!

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Leiloni

They need to pick a better picture because at default zoom all I see is his mouth and nose, very zoomed in. FFS I can see his nose hairs.

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Bryan Correll

Ha. I was just thinking they needed to attach a warning to the official site link.

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Rottenrotny

Cautiously optimistic for New World. Sounds need… in premise anyway!