Amazon’s New World is apparently slated for 2020, according to new Steam page

Still an MMO, preorders open now, CBT set for April 2020

    
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Amazon Game Studios has been teasing some sort of reveal for its MMORPG New World all week, which has surely been a comfort to MMO players worried after the studio took the game’s always-on alpha offline last May for a major revamp of features. Starting last Saturday, the game’s Twitter account had been posting short video clips of a tree, emblazoned with a V, IV, III, II, and I – obviously a countdown, and obviously undergoing some sort of decay.

As the teases progressed, we assumed the countdown was for some sort of reveal at The Game Awards show tonight, which has now been confirmed by the game’s own Twitter account.

But the bigger news is that eagle-eyed Redditors noticed that the game now has a fully public Steam page and a release date of 2020, along with some preorder prices of $39.99 and $49.99 and an apparent closed beta date of April 2020. It’s not entirely clear from the game’s brief descriptions on Steam what exactly has changed in the gameplay mechanics during these blackout months, though the studio is still calling it an MMO, so we’ll be tuning into the show tonight to find out.

Source: Steam via Reddit
Update
MOP reader Raimo points out the official site has now been updated with some new bits too. The preorder page appears to have the same info as Steam, but there’s a new development blog with new pics as well.

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Nordavind

No interest in making more money for Amazon.

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donvweel

New World is interesting but I think the new Lord of the Rings they are working on is more interesting. Since it will also be an Amazon tv series the two together could be quite something.
https://www.looper.com/158712/the-lord-of-the-rings-amazon-tv-series-release-date-cast-and-budget/

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Mastiff house pet. Make your house a home with the Mastiff house pet. Access to housing unlocks at level 20 in-game.

Looks like player housing is confirmed—not just guild forts via territory control.

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Arktouros

This was datamined during alpha that there are individual plots of land that you can build on and not just massive land plots for Companies to claim. No details on how they work though (IE: Are they claimed, what can be built there, etc).

Honestly if you go off what was datamined the test they showed was really a tiny fraction of what they have planned for the game over all.

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Dean Greenhoe

Worth keeping an eye on.

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oldandgrumpy

Wonder what online co-op means in the context of an MMO. Interesting tags on the steam page either way.

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Mordyjuice

Can you limit your exposure to PVP like you can supposedly do in BDO and AA, I think the Sandbox concept is cool but I don’t like PVP at all? Seriously though this is a gorgeous looking game.

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Arktouros

In the last version of their system, no. Essentially it was a murderer style criminal system where there are harsh penalties for aggressors.

It is unlikely that you will care for the game if you don’t like PvP.

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Mordyjuice

Maybe there’s more people out there that like PVP than PVE, I doubt it but hey I guess their Amazon Think Tanks must know something I don’t; 15 years of MMOing has taught me that most of us are PVE Care Bears so these Gank Box developers are leaving a lot of money on the table that they’ll have no way of collecting.

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Arktouros

The problem with this line of thinking is that majority of PvE players you’re thinking of already have their games. Your rank and file millions of PvE WOW players aren’t looking for a new game to call home. You might get them to visit in between content lulls (big patches, expansions, etc) but when those drop they’re going to be going back. The PvE players left are those who eschew the standard themepark game model that dominates most major PvE games.

So how then do you increase the amount of potential customers? You branch out towards “new” markets aimed at different crowds of gamers, in this case towards competitive oriented players by offering competitive (PvP) game elements.

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Mordyjuice

Wait so you assume we don’t want next Gen Games as well?

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Arktouros

Historically speaking, that big majority of PvE players don’t want something different nor do they want something new that’s really just the same. You can pretty much see this in action from 2008 on which is why there’s been so few new western developed PvE games. The majority/market is there, but it’s not available.

Anytime someone has come along and done something different you see a large amount of people complaining it isn’t like what they’re used to and quit. A great example of this was Guild Wars 2, where the major complaints about the game included a lack of trinity (tank, heal, dps) for it’s PvE content as well as an entire lack of vertical progression.

Equally as games readily copied the same game design of games like WOW they would garner attention but ultimately PvE players just go back to their original game they play that’s already like that. Why give up on years of progress and friendships for essentially the same product?

Now this doesn’t mean all PvE players are like this. There are many PvE players who want something different (hence GW2’s population) or are looking for something even more different than the different options available today. However those, and I assume you, aren’t in that majority of PvErs who have their games and are perfectly content to keep playing them.

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Mordyjuice

I’m calling BS, I stopped playing WoW regularly back during Cata, then GW2 became my main game until a year ago when I went full tilt into ESO.

We Care Bears do indeed get sick of our PVE games and find newer next gen games that do become our new homes. I bet you anything the new LOTRO from Amazon will be that next game changer for a few of us as well, you can’t have a non story based Lord of the Rings game so I doubt this will be a Gank Box.

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laelgon

Figure it’s worth mentioning that you can sign up for the closed beta on the site. Not sure when that appeared though, may be old news. It looks like even if you were part of the previous alpha, you still need to register for beta.

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Michael Whiteley

Looks great but really hoping they change the Pay 2 Win item in the pre-order and they don’t add any P2W items to the cash shop

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losludvig

which is p2w: the skins, the pet or the emote?

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Michael Whiteley

Isabella’s amulet. Equip Isabella’s amulet to gain additional constitution to weather attacks and deal additional damage against certain types of supernatural enemies.

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losludvig

we don’t know the stats of it, or the stats of regular crafted gear, so we don’t yet know if it’s p2w. I will give you that it’s odd to include a piece of gear when the rest are cosmetics

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Arktouros

At least through Steam if they decide to ruin the game’s PvP aspects before release I can get a refund. Hooray!

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Giggilybits

On a unrelated note GOG.com is giving away Wasteland 2 for free. Nice freebie if you don’t already have it.

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snacky

Thanks for the heads up!