New World preview from Gamescom slips into the wild as Amazon announces alpha signups

    
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The first previews of Amazon Game Studios’ New World MMORPG are finally trickling in from Gamescom just as the wraps are coming off the game’s official site and Amazon announces alpha signups.

“Be one of the first people to set foot on a mysterious continent, join a Company and work together to claim territories, build thriving settlements, fight off player bandits, and push back the dark and wild forces that occupy the land to leave your mark on history,” the game’s official site now says. “Adventure, exploration, and opportunity await you on Tera Vitae Aeternum. During Alpha, you will be able to share your feedback by playing the game or joining the New World community. Your feedback and insights will help guide decisions and inspire ideas that will shape New World. We are committed to collaboration and communication as the only way forward and are eager to have you join us.”

The sign-up, mind, is still an alert from Amazon itself. There are new screenshots too.

The first preview we’ve seen comes from Tech Advisor UK and actually threw us for a loop because it looks a bit like a draft that maybe slipped out early. But there it is in the wild, with screenshots too. Among the highlights:

  • The game has no classes; it’s boasting open-ended progression based on skills and specs instead, with plenty of period weapons (like muskets).
  • There’s a “heavy focus on social features” like guilds, bases, taxation, and territory control, along with PvP at the “heart of the game” – that appears to include full looting. The reviewer does mention a criminal justice system but doesn’t have details beyond bounties. His comparison is to Ultima Online, which is a pretty big clue.
  • Expect a “deep crafting system” – based on the account of the playthrough, it sounds as much like a typical smash-together-whatever-you-can-as-you-go survival game, not so much an RPG where you roleplay a crafter.
  • As for combat, it’s action-based rather than tab-target-style, complete with stamina bar, manual aiming, and animation locking.
  • The world itself is reportedly “massive” with a bit of hardcore feel to the critters in the wild. You won’t be one-shotting bears. According to the article, servers will hold 1000 people, so even if you hate everything else I just wrote, at least it’s an actual MMORPG.
Source: Official siteTech Advisor. Thanks, Spider!
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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Greaterdivinity

This is so perfect. I’m so glad you’re still around delivering so much joy in the MOP comments section <3

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Armsman

Lol – I made my post above BEFORE seeing that Greaterdivinity posted basically the same thing – DOH!

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Dystopiq

Hands down one of your best gifs

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Exxar

Yeah that was my exact reaction: perfect, perfect, perfect, perfect, ohktnxbye

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Mr_Planthead

This reminded me of the old MUD days when full loot pvp was a thing. Also still jealous of schlags gif skills

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Armsman

This one is PERFECT! (thanks again Schlag; no one beats you on these types of posts) ;)

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Armsbend

they have a featured comment again? NICE

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socontrariwise

FFA PvP with full loot upon death. Oh yay, we haven’t seen this concept yet failing have we?

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Skoryy

Don’t worry, gankbox fans, this pasture’s gonna be chock full of sheep! Really! Trust us!

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Justin

The eve online killer I have been waiting years for. Finally a sandbox game by a major game studio not cobbled together by some indy with a strapped budget. If they do it right and have meaningful risk vs reward for the pvp and proper resource distribution like EVE does this could definitely be the next big thing for my guild. Tired of the same old big budget themepark games with zero innovation.

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firelily

“pvp with full looting at the heart of the game”. What a complete waste of time and resources.

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Baemir

Maybe for you.

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socontrariwise

C’mon, obviously Amazon tries to leverage its tech knowhow for a MASSIVE nice game.

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Nick Martin

So, another PVP survival sandbox game, complete with action-RPG… and then throw in the added wrinkle of “lose all your stuff to the gankers.”

Yeah, no thanks.

Besides, I think they were just trying for peak buzzwords in that feature set.

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zuldar

Oh look another full loot, open pvp, survival game with crafting and rpg elements. Hope the implementation is at least better then all the previous games that did the exact same thing.

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Michael18

hm, the 1000 player cap is weird.

I would have expected Amazon to do some cool single-shard server cluster cloud thing, considering its background in cloud computing. The 1k cap makes it sound like a beefed-up Ark Survival.

Maybe New World is just planned as the warm up and the proper MMO comes later?

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Alex Js.

Yea, I’m also surprised that they didn’t go for higher numbers. Maybe it’s the engine limitation which they haven’t been able to overcome yet… Perhaps they might even be able to increase that number closer to official release date, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Godnaz

I dunno, is there an online game where you can fit 1000 people in the same instance?

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Alex Js.

We’re talking about player cap per server, not per instance… And in both of these cases, EVE Online is a current “record holder”, the max amount of players its single Tranquility server was able to hold was around 60,000, and during the largest EVE battle more than 2000 players were in the same system (basically same “instance”). The game did slow down to a crawl during that fight, but that was years ago (2014), and Amazon has much better server resources to use for stuff like this…

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Kevin McCaughey

But but but… can you imagine a 10k gankfest? I reckon they think with 1000 it might give people a chance (though I personally doubt it).

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laelgon

A PvP sandbox game made by a team with adequate resources for the task, what a crazy world!

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xpsync

So glad i forgot to cancel my Amazon Prime trial for the free warframe.

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Paragon Lost

Anyone know if it’s limited to first person? I’m willing to give it a try even with full pvp loot mechanics if it isn’t first person.

Edit: sort of a pain that they tied it to your Amazon account. Means my wife and I both can’t do the alpha without starting a second Amazon account? That bites, we don’t need two Amazon Prime accounts.

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camren_rooke

Bezos thinks you need two Prime accounts and really, only his opinions matters.

:P

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Paragon Lost

heh! The bastard!