Amazon is teasing some sort of reveal for MMORPG New World

    
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Remember how Amazon Game Studios announced it was taking in-development MMORPG New World’s always-on alpha offline last May? According to the studio, the game was taken down so Amazon could “design major new features” that were “large in scope and create changes to the world that could be disruptive.” Even at the time, it sounded ominous, as MMOs developed this way often suffer delays or are abandoned (like Amazon’s own Breakaway, which was ultimately canceled).

Anyhow, as we noted, the servers went offline as promised, then in July Amazon announced it was working the new free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO on a special collaboration with Leyou Technologies, and then Amazon’s social media went quiet except to reply to promise the team is still hard at work on the game and suggesting the forum outage was part of an upgrade and that “everything is going great.”

It’d be lovely to be able to confirm said greatness, especially since in our hands-on we rather liked the game, but what we can do instead is note that Amazon’s New World Twitter account has returned to life again, which we’re taking as a good sign.

For the last three days, it’s posted brief clips of a tree, emblazoned with a V, IV, and III.

No, we don’t know exactly what it means, but it sure does seem like we’re counting down to something, doesn’t it? Like… maybe Geoff Keighley’s Game Awards on December 12th? Seems like a reasonable guess – and another reason to watch if you needed one.

Source: Twitter
12/10/2019 12:02 PM EST
Tree’s looking less and less happy in today’s tease. Sure hope that tree’s gonna be OK.

12/11/2019 12:16 PM EST
Yikes, the I is even worse:

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Solaris

Wish testers could talk. I will say I’m deeply interested in continuing my journey.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

As I’ve never had read anything about this game before now, I’m interested on how it’ll work. I’m concerned on the “PvP-focused” thing, but they could have changed lots of stuff since previous alpha.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

The genre needs big budget success stories to re-invigorate it. If New World does well, if Star Citizen does well, it will re-invigorate the whole field – and it might make your own particular dream game more likely, whether PvE or PvP.

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Matthäus Wey

I don’t think there’s a shortage of survival games so I’m not sure about this.

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Rick Mills

There’s a shortage of PVE survival games…

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Raimo Kangasniemi

There is a lack of bid budget MMOs from companies that have not only enough muscle to develop triple-A games but also can get them wide publicity.

Lack of small budget survival games whose developers have little to spend in advertising? No.

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HolyAvengerOne

Amazing news, thanks Bree! Can’t wait to see what that will be or say. As I was part of the last alpha phase, I sure hope to get word of whatever they’re going to reveal!

Edit: also just noticed that each shot is darker than the previous one… winter is coming :)

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NecroFox4

In my short time in alpha, I found it to be nothing short of a PvP survival game where higher levels had nothing to do but gank the newbs. I know it was an alpha, and thus I should reserve judgement, but I’m honestly not terribly interested in YET ANOTHER 100% PvP MMO”RPG”.

Just my $0.02…

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HolyAvengerOne

I think that’s part of the reason they took it offline for major overhaul.

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Arktouros

They specifically said none of that is changing, whether or not they hold to that or not will be interesting :)

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Arktouros

They are most likely overhauling the PvE aspects to the game, which were barely there and barely functional. Everything was immensely exploitable with bugged AI and terrible mechanics. The tree is clearly becoming more corrupted/blighted which jives with the whole blighted/corrupted nature of the previous settlers who are now all mysteriously corrupted themselves. Some sort of verdant/blight mechanic would make a lot of sense.

While most people seem to think this game was along the lines of a RUST or ARK people seem to not be able to what makes this game unique and that is scale. This is critically important for the title which comes off more like an AWS/Lumberyard demonstration/pitch than an actual game. While a game will certainly be there, it shows that other game companies who are making smaller scale survival gankboxes of servers of 32 or 64 or 128 players can really scale things up using their technology.

Atlas tried to get there first but ultimately has failed in it’s implementation but that doesn’t mean it was a bad idea. The buzz around Atlas last year trying this was to the tunes of tens of thousands of players in it’s peak and had they pulled it off it could have kept those numbers. While certainly your rank and file MMO PvE focused players will be dismayed at it’s current direction there is a substantial potential market if they can pull it off.

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laelgon

Hopefully they’ve pivoted away from the survival gankbox model. That was basically all it was, except on a much larger map with support for much higher player numbers than your typical survival game. PvP for territory/resource control is a good feature, but it’s just that, a feature. I don’t think that alone can support an entire MMO.

The moment to moment gameplay was enjoyable and it ran incredibly well, especially for an alpha. Just needed more to tie it all together. Excited to see what they come back with.

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Amir Syazwan

Is it a full-fledge MMORPG or just like a 100 players per server?

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Daniel Solorzano

I would hope they are changing into a full-fledged MMO. When I played it, it was a survival game. At least from what I saw. I didn’t make it very far before getting bored as from the early sections I was doing nothing but punching trees and making axes. Which was hard to do since it was a MMO and trees and rocks were already gone.

I heard a lot of the feedback was to expand the MMO sections so maybe that is what they are cooking up. Who knows?

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HolyAvengerOne

It was purposefully barebones and focused as such. At least that’s what they told us :p

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HolyAvengerOne

Full fledged single shard massive world operating on Lumberyard (essentially Amazon’s own version of CryEngine running on top AWS for the server side).

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Target is claimed to be thousands of concurrent players per server, so real MMO.

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Alyn

Yes another survival mmo! weeeeee!

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Michael Fuchs

The question is, will there finally be an actual -good- survival mmo

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Cyclone Jack

It obvious they are announcing the Mayan faction. ;)