Amazon’s New World hints at supernatural guardians and survival struggles

    
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Amazon Game Studios’ New World is picking up steam as it continues to expand its alpha test this month. And whether or not the game looks like a potential future home for you, New World’s success could provide a beneficial ripple effect to the entire genre.

There have been a few interesting tweets this month from the game’s official account, including a couple that hint at supernatural guardians that will be roaming the land. “Guardians manifest facets of the land itself, be it frigid ice, tranquil foliage, or other natural attributes,” the dev team said.

The team’s also been releasing snippets of gameplay as part of an interactive community story involving a new player trying to survive in this harsh frontier. Check out the tale so far after the break!

Source: Twitter

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Fenrir Wolf

That looks quite… generic! Business as usual, then. Honestly, I’m intrigued. Is there some Universal design language spread amongst every game development class in all schools worldwide that dictates inherent shallowness? I lament the lost age of the diverse setting.

Truly, right up until the last gasp of the old era, which ended with Mask of the Betrayer, there were diverse settings aplenty. A vast, verdant dreamscape of imagination unburdened by the abundant creative bankruptcy that seems all too vexingly common today. Sadly, not all paradigm shifts are good. Some zeitgeists are irrevocably tainted.

I don’t usually grant myself the immeasurable luxury of rambling on about how things were better in my day, but this time I’ll allow it. And technically, this isn’t my day. If I were to reminisce about my youth, it’d be a few decades earlier. No, it was just a particularly good time for gaming, tabletop and video alike.

Even if we look at even Dungeons & Dragons — which is today is almost institutionally mandated to embrace the most mundane of trappings — we’d see a veritable feast of scintillating venues. I’m at risk of making this a listicle, but… let’s have us a list!

* Dark Sun: A beautiful desert world rife with strange creatures, including the authentically insectoid thri-kreen, a marvel compared to their cowardly contemporary counterparts;

* Dragonlance: Notable for its enticingly insightful, in-depth introspection of its scaly namesake — dragons;

* Spelljammers: From a time when Jeff Grubb wrote anything other than halflings and gnomes, a setting whose thaumaspatial hijinks delighted my younger self,

* Eberron: A treatise on why it’s ludicrous that no one’s using magic to fashion automated factories, airships, and incredible devices with which to mine other realities and dimensions;

* Ravenloft: Adorably gothic and spoopy, without being overburdened by unnecessarily excessive amounts of edge, a delightful concoction whose loss is lamented.

So, yes, even D&D had it going on when it came to enthralling us with the unusual and unexpected. It didn’t all have to be so… so… pasteurised. It’s the best word I can think of, here.

RPGs had it going on, too. Yes, we’ll have ourselves another little list. Just a small one, this time. A little one. A mere modicum of listfulness. A small sampling should suffice. Okay, that’s quite enough of me talking like Reducto, even if it is fun.

* Albion: Why simply have a world of cute, fluffy, four-breasted funny animals when you could weave it into a philosophical science-fiction tale of synthetic versus natural creation that exists to eternally shame Avatar;

* Entomorph: This is what happens when you replace all of the orcs, goblings, and ghouls in a setting with a neverending cavalcade of wriggly, wiggly bugs whose sapience varies from genus to genus;

* Wizardry: The only time I’ve ever seen a willowy, soft-spoken werewolf bard get yelled down by the overly paranoid, militant AI of a starship.

And to compensate for this loss, the absence of this cornucopia of wonderment, this font of fanciful fascination, this spring eternal of the richly realised inner selves of our most talented, what have we gained in exchange? “Oh, well, it’s a bunch of humans hitting zombies with sticks, innit?”

This is not a good deal! We’ve been hoodwinked! Renege! Renege!

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BDJ

Another Rock Punching Simulator. Yawn. I thought Amazon was better than this lol.

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Roger Christie

What would make you think that?

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hoylegu

I’ll only play this if there’s a PvE server at launch.

I’ve been needlessly PK’ed in alpha enough to know this game is attracting all the sociopaths, and I refuse to be fodder for them. I can’t play 24/7 like them, so I’d always be behind the curve and at their mercy. No ty.

Having said that, I really enjoy the PvE elements and like I said, will gladly play and support the devs with my money should there be a PvE server.

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Arktouros

They already said this title is a PvP title.

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Kevin McCaughey

Another huge gankfest.

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Dean Greenhoe

Sounds fun. I’m good at running away. :)

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Toy Clown

Does every MMO have zombies and spiders?

On a side note, graphics are appealing. Just… forced PvP is a game killer for me these days.

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gatheris

Still waiting on tha
Apparently everyone and their grandmother were getting one at some point

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In-game world does look beautiful (especially compared to some awful color palettes in games like ESO). Hopefully the gameplay will also be interesting enough (would be a shame if Amazon would waste money on creating some unimaginative clone of some existing game, like they already did with Breakaway).

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Rottenrotny

Game world looks nice. I’m interested in this one.

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Matthäus Wey

Knowing how much money Amazon has one could expect better everything.

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Armsbend

They could always take $200M consumer dollars and string out development over a decade plus. Instead they chose to make a game in a few years without asking for your money or input ;_;

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Ashfyn Ninegold

You land on a beach. You get to your feet quickly, with no time to think. You’ve got to hide before the gankers find you and score points. You run down the beach, belatedly realizing that the trees you were planning to hide in are exactly where the gankers expect you to go. Too late.

You land on a beach. You get to your feet quickly . . .

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Tuor of Gondolin

Fortunately, that beach is a Sanctuary zone. Dunno if it will still be like that upon release, though.

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Armsbend

Of course it will.

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MilitiaMasterV

Yeah, that’s why I won’t give most games with PvP a chance anymore even. If they want to put PvP in as an instanced away section, somewhere you can visit if you want to…and change the rules up over there to whatever they want…go right ahead. I probably won’t ever participate unless it’s something that doesn’t impact my normal gameplay/make me lose all my effort/time.

People nowadays have no idea what ‘good sportsmanship’ even is, much less how to be decent to someone in a fight. If you’re just in it to shut them down/treat them badly, you’re in it for the wrong reason. You can have a duel/show off skills without stomping someone’s face in the curb and laughing at them to rub it in.

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Armsbend

I think curb stomping someone and then not laughing at them is fine. If I played an NBA star in basketball I think it would be fun to get dunked on. Getting rocked by someone with massive skills to where my jaw hits the floor is part of the fun imo. Helps you get better.

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MilitiaMasterV

Guess you don’t remember those old SNES games where there was a way to ‘glitch’ it so you ALWAYS dunked on someone. People who are high level, sitting at a noob spawn is pretty much the same concept. You’ll always be dunking and it’s only fun for you as you do it, not for all the people logging on. Hence where the laughter comes in. Constant ‘wins’ that aren’t actual wins, because you showed zero skill doing it.

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Armsbend

If the game isn’t fun when I play it I just won’t play it. Not reason to bellyache about it pre-release.

I hope it won’t be instanced. PVE only or bust crowd is too whiney honestly.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Yes, by all means, let’s fight about it.

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Arktouros

To be fair us PvPers used to be super whiney as well. After a decade of being ignored you learn the futility in it and stop.

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Armsbend

Truth. I don’t remember them ever being as bad as the PVE only crowd. They sincerely expect every game to be centered around them.

don’t effing play the thing.

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Arktouros

Oh man it was a rough tumble from glory.

Imagine the first MMO coming out and it’s basically PvP Valhalla. Kill anyone, almost anywhere, almost anytime and everyone is playing this one game cause it’s all that exists. It’s the pinnacle of your gaming experience and you don’t even know it. Then next games you’re segregated to a special server. Then you’re put on some faction with people you want to kill but can’t. Then you’re on a faction with people you want to kill but can’t on a special server. Then you can only PvP in segregated areas from the rest of the game.

I remember being really uppity about DAOC. Factions? Coin only loot? What kinda carebear shit is this. Quit in a month and went back to other games. Had I only known the drought in store for me I would have appreciated what I had more.

And now I’m drowning in PvP titles but I’m older and have responsibilities and can’t play all day like you need to be competitive at these titles and it’s just so amazingly ironic I can’t help but laugh.

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MilitiaMasterV

Not sure where you get the idea that I expect ‘every game to be centered around them’. Perhaps you are too overly biased yourself by having to put up with certain crusader type individuals regularly…

I’ve made it really clear in my posts on this website over time that I don’t mind people having a difference of opinion or wanting to play different things…because ‘variety is the spice of life’.

Or, to quote Robin Hood : Prince of Thieves….”Because Allah (God) loves wondrous varieties.”

As do I.

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Mr.McSleaz

“Not reason to bellyache about it pre-release.”

You “bellyache” about games pre-release all the time.

Why you White Knighting for Amazon?

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Armsbend

I am white knighting for amazon because they are a new player in the game with insanely deep pockets who isn’t begging us for money – isn’t complaining about development costs – is an exceptional company across the board.

I guess I do bellyache about games pre release sometimes. But I never see a game and complain about a game because it isn’t what I want it to be. I’ll complain about shitty half – ass hacks begging for pre-release money all day long.

I’m thinking…maybe I’ve complained about art direction pre-release. That’s all I got.

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BDJ

This x 1,000,000.

Armsbend should change his name to BellyAchingHater.

All he does is sob and cry about every non-indie studio out there. Its crazy that here he is defending Amazon.

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Armsbend

So which am I? Defender of the indie studio or defender of corporate behemoth Amazon?

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BDJ

Your reading comprehension. I said that’s why its crazy you’re sitting here defending them with every breath in your body.

Keep up.

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Roger Christie

Yep. Not interested in this one.

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Greaterdivinity

Man, you just made me think of this video and now I want this made into a game somehow.