New World shows off the factions and enemies of the world of Aeternum

    
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We already had an idea that New World is a dangerous place and that we were getting a video diary about the factions as the game re-enteres closed alpha. True to its word, Amazon Game Studios has indeed released that video diary.

The video is pretty lore-focused in its explanation of the enemy factions in New World, detailing the motivations and general background of each one. Alongside the Corrupted, there are three major enemy groups that exist: the Lost, which are the soulless husks/ghouls/zombies that populate Aeternum; the Angry Earth, which are effectively nature-born foes and monstrosities that have formed as a means of protecting the natural life of the island; and an allusion to the Ancients, a civilization that used the island’s power of Azoth to power its technologies but mysteriously disappeared, leaving nothing but things for players to discover.

The video also makes a point about how the Corrupted can attack player settlements and locations once they grow to a certain size in a mechanic that sounds similar to the Purge in Conan Exiles, as well as references to large-scale territory fights that constitute one of the major PvP beats in the game. All of that is in the video below.

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Michael18

I’m just grateful that a new big budget MMO is even made in the West, at this time. And let’s hope it is at least mildly successful, because otherwise we won’t see a new high-profile MMO for another 10 years.

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We will definitely see large MMORPG games, it is the future of gaming in general (have you read Ready Player One?). And sooner than 10 years. Doesn’t matter who makes them – Amazon who are already working to develop LOTRO game with another Asian company or company from Poland or Iceland or Korea. Personally I do not care where the game is made at, a good story is a good story for me, no matter who writes it, same goes for music, so all “Western” developers can go screw themselves if they are unable to produce quality games anymore and all they can is keep mass producing generic “you are nobody important who happened to be a part of faction X which must fight faction Y, now enjoy watching cinematics where one NPC does something irrational and where you are not THE hero” with generic “Medieval orchestral soundtrack”. I can keep waiting for better games, which will come, while still enjoying very imperfect but much better offerings from non-Western companies:

This is just my personal opinion, of course, and in no way I am saying that others should do the same ;-)

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Jon Wax

You think we are getting the Oasis on current gen PC?

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Dean Greenhoe

Looks like fun. MMO land needs a good large world cooperative game. I am curious to see if they handle grouping and other orginizations in game.

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Jon Wax

Competitive coop, yes.

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Random MMO fan

B.t.w right now developers are doing a stress test where they told people to gather in specific area and kill monsters. The performance is pretty bad, even at low settings. their engine handles large amount of players much worse than even WoW. And remember, the full release of the game will be this year.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

So why are you playing it, instead of a game you like?

Let me guess: So that you could tell other people not to play it?

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Random MMO fan

LOL. Why so defensive? Do you have any financial interest in a success of this game? I was curious to see the performance of the engine so I went to test area. Now I know. What is so bad in sharing my personal impressions? Everyone are still free to ignore them and make their own by signing up for testing or preordering the game ;-)

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Raimo Kangasniemi

I am not Bezos and I have little interest in him gaining even more wealth – if anything I would be inclined to say that people should boycott Amazon, but that would be going off into politics – but you have been here posting several negative posts about the game to each thread involving it recently.

Don’t take it wrong, but you sound a bit like a negative missionary, and these “Doom! Doom upon this game! Don’t play it!” are somewhat tiresome when they are posted multiple times to each thread.

You don’t like the game. You think people should not play it. Yet you play it. Ok.

You are still repeating yourself and, I hazard a guess here, preaching to the choir. If I would not be so negative towards certain labour and other issues concerning Amazon, it would make me more, not less interested, about the game.

If you want to turn against the game people who are sitting on the fence currently or are slightly positive towards it, be more subtle. Far more subtle.

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Jon Wax

Tactful negativity is much better than the disingenuous hyping of everything. Two sides to the coin

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Bruno Brito

He’s testing a game that’s supposed to be launching this year by a known ruthless company.

Why would he be subtle about it? Fuck that.

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Random MMO fan

You think people should not play it.

Do I? Where did I say this?

Stop making false assumptions about people. You don’t know what I “think”. Just because I have expressed my subjective opinion – does not mean everyone should accept it. I am not posting those for anyone to accept them, I am posting them because I am expressing my disappointment, which, again, not everyone will agree with because different people have different preferences. If you disagree with my disappointment – you are always free to skip my posts and purchase the game.

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Childsbane

That’s disappointing. Amazon should see if they can lease City State Entertainment’s engine.

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Random MMO fan

They will not do that because they want to promote their own Lumberyard engine (well, it is a fork of CryEngine but Amazon has licensed to use it under their own name) so other companies will use it and pay for optional AWS services integrated into engine. I am sure Amazon can eventually make the game perform well, the question is will they have enough time to do this before release date. Judging by the fact that the largest battle in game is an instanced 50v50 fight and by what I’ve seen in current test build I have my doubts.

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Jon Wax

Eeeeeh 50v50? PlayStation 3 had bigger numbers

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Bryan Correll

“One of the civilizations that existed on Eternum were known as the Ancients.”

You know what would be a better name than ‘The Ancients?’ Almost anything. That’s the most generic name possible for a vanished culture.

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Utakata

…the cooler sounding Drustvar seem to be already taken though. >.<

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Assuming that the original name the Ancients had for their own civilization is not known in in-universe – nothing so far, it seems, indicates that there are any written records that the colonists could read – what should be a better name then?

If anything, the “Angry Earth” is the worst name so far and would need changing to something else because, from in-universe point of view, the colonists would have a vocabulary of their own to describe what are in essence nature spirits and would likely be interpreted by them at this time-frame as demons by the more pious among them.

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Dankey Kang

But they’re really, really old.

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That is a good point, I think they don’t bother coming up with unique names anymore because they know that it does not matter much and they have a fear that the game will be cancelled by Amazon since Amazon did that when they saw that their previous game Breakaway was criticized by many people.

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Also, just wanted to add something. If you are afraid of “breaking NDA” – do not. The wording is already irrational. Here is what Amazon’s email says:

“Please do not disclose content from or information about the game or this Alpha Test in any form. If you do, you will be removed from the Alpha Test”

If no one can “disclose information about the game in any form” – the post by Chris should also not exist ;-) Neither should any reply to such post. Since no one cares to follow this – you can share any info you want. Worst that can happen is you will be banned from Alpha, but if you have experienced enough gameplay in it, this should not matter.

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Vaeris

This right here is 100% of the reason why developers should hire professional testing teams and forgo letting the public in until release. Take your time, get your game right and then let in all the Napoleon Dynamites that are gonna “Whatever I feel like I wanna do, gosh!”

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Random MMO fan

This right here is 100% of the reason why developers should hire professional testing teams and forgo letting the public in until release

Actually, I am a “professional testing” person. I tested many various MMORPG and other games before, I know how to submit feedback or report bugs and I have various hardware configurations at home. And since I do not get paid by Amazon, I can give them more honest feedback.

Of course, they aren’t really interested in feedback, I have seen many conversations on official forums where no one commented on people’s discussions. I have seen better feedback from Mark Jacobs on Camelot Unchained forums, he even replied to my criticism, not in a very detailed way but I really appreciated that. He is also much more open and not afraid to demonstrate the current state of game even if it is still far away from release date and looks pretty unimpressive.

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Jon Wax

If you’re not getting paid, you’re not a professional

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Pepperzine

^this

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Jo Watt

It’s the internet. Everyone is a professional… bs’er.

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Vaeris

You’re missing my point with the word “professional”. A professional would not be on random websites posting about a game in…well, the way you are. They would be under contract, would understand the point of an NDA and…now this is the most important part…respect that NDA and not talk about their work or the game.

Testing many various MMORPG doesn’t make you a “professional”. Hell I’ve tested them since the late 1990s in the manner you describe.

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Jon Wax

I do not think that word means what you think it means

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Alyn

I may be interested, I will keep my eye on development and evolution of the mmo, incoming.

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ozarubaba

There was a not so distant time, on this website, where any mention of New World, even the slightest bit of news, would instantly lead to tens and tens of comments discussing it.

1st pot !

:)

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Jon Wax

Huzzah

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Random MMO fan

I mean, what is there left to discuss? Many people already playing it. I am playing it. Game is extremely shallow and generic in current form. There are no “massive battles over territory”, it is a lie any current player knows. The “enemy factions” in this video are irrelevant, just like their lore – all you need to know is you need to kill them when grinding basic crafting resources for very basic crafting system. The whole game revolves around very basic crafting right now, there is no other goal to achieve.

That’s it, there is only that to discuss.

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squid

People realized the comments were just bitching about the PvP or lack thereof, and don’t bother posting anymore.

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Arktouros

It’s not really New World that draws out the crowd but there’s a lot of people who love to gloat about any developer going back on PvP game design as if there were some sort of grand competition over the matter.

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Jon Wax

Sounds about right

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Utakata

…actually Star Citizen articles suffer the same fate. That is, when you removing the trolling and flaming, it becomes the bare bones of what you get instead. Where quiet folks discussing subject matter about the game that most don’t find interesting.

Where you trying to stir the shit up or something with your line of inquiry then? o.O

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ozarubaba

It wasn’t a line of enquiry, I wasn’t and am not enquiring anything.

If I were, I most likely would have used a question mark at one point! }@@{

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Utakata

Yet one can inquire about something without needing to ask a question about it. Instead, one needs to only make a statement and wait and see what comes up of it. I’ll save the analogies of baiting the hook, casting it out there and watching to see if gets any nibbles…

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ozarubaba

So what do you believe my enquiry was?

What was it that I was enquiring?

I mean you surely know better than I what it is I said and intended to say :)

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Utakata

Your answer to your own question is in found in your OP, lol. I very much doubt you have already forgotten that somehow.

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ozarubaba

Well, if you don’t know what you’re talking about, and I certainly don’t know what you’re talking about, then let’s simply continue to write random stuff, it’s fun!

Nothing like writing random stuff to put a person in a good mood for the day!

Also, there was a cloud in the sky today, for a minute there it looked just like a tree! I call it the cloud tree, it’s not often you see cloud trees, I winder if it’s a sign?

Oh, and did you know!???? Julia is breaking up with Mathew! I couldn’t believe it, I always thought those two were made to be together for ever but I guess that’s life right?

I mean, I know you don’t know Julia and you never heard of Mathew and none of this is relevant to the topic but that’s ok right? I mean if you and I both don’t know what you’re talking about and only I seem to know what I’m talking about and you obviously don’t care about the topic, we can still chat right? Like I said, randomly saying random stuff to random people who say random stuff is awesome, every time I wake up, I think to myself, “it’s going to be a great day, I hope some random person will say random stuff to me, it’s soooo exciting!!!!”

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Bruno Brito

What the fuck did you smoke?

ozarubaba
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ozarubaba

what do you care?

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Jon Wax

Puff puff pass

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Utakata

….