New World details its semi-instanced player housing system

    
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Amazon knows the best way to make me set aside my worries about New World: a dev blog on player housing. Will it work? Let’s find out.

“Player Housing is an exciting recent addition to New World,” the studio’s dev blog this afternoon says. “This highly requested feature will give players the opportunity to own and personalize homes across Aeternum. We want players to feel like they have roots in the world, to experience ownership, security, and stability in a threatening and unpredictable land.”

The trick about New World’s housing is that you won’t be building it up from scratch; you’ll be buying homes that are essentially instanced at the door, so lots of people will be entering the same door but then heading into their own version of that style of house, a bit like EverQuest II or Elder Scrolls Online, so don’t be thinking you’ll plop down your house anywhere you please.

Players will also have to raise their faction standing with the territory where the house is, and hit level 20, to buy a house, then you’ll be paying taxes to keep it. In fact, you can buy multiple houses once you jump through the required hoops, and then invite your friends over to visit you. Well, a small number of your friends, at least: four people in addition to you. Naturally, the houses come in different sizes and styles, depending on their location, and then you can deck out the interiors.

“After purchasing a house, you can personalize your space. We have added hundreds of items for you to use to customize your home. Everything from tables and chairs to decorative garden plants and hanging vines can help you design a property to reflect your tastes. Pieces of furniture and ornamental items can be crafted by players and purchased, while other items must be found by exploring and looting the world. On your adventures in Aeternum you can even find pets to bring home with you.”

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Toy Clown

Only 5 people total can enter a house? That blows. I think the devs underestimate people who roleplay and/or host player events.

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The houses are really small ;-) It is not like a large house in FFXIV where people hold public fashion shows or other kind of activities, especially on Balmung or Mateus. It is possible that size will be increased later. Right now they are mostly for your own personal space, like a small apartment.

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Robert Mann

It would be interesting to see some sort of larger halls for these sort of things… but I don’t think that the larger RP communities are even on the radar for most MMOs either presently running or in development, sad to say.

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squid

Cool. I hope it’s got some stretch goals.

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Ironwu

Again, nothing new here.

It is almost as if the suits are sitting around and cherry picking the easiest of the low hanging fruit of everyone else’s ideas.

I just do not yet see anything that stands out as unique about this title.

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Arktouros

To be fair they’ve only had a year to try to remake the game from scratch….

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squid

Same thing in a new setting is enough for many people. Games don’t all need some clever hook to get/retain players.

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frozensoul85

Well people can’t tell things about New World because of super strict NDA, you can’t even tell have you got into alpha XD

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Fisty

At least there is some sort of personal housing outside of having to live in a guilds fort, where everything is mostly already built.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

amazon has access to all the tech that google has access to server-wise with stadia and boast about never before seen server populations and instead of doing housing in world instead of instanced they’re doing the same ol same ol? no thanks.

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You must understand that the game is being released very soon. They simply do not have time anymore to make houses that are not instanced but are, for example, located in large housing districts like in FFXIV, or large houses or variety of decorations. This may change after the game will be released. Of course, when that will happen Amazon may just cancel it instead of continuing to improve it.

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Arktouros

This is why it always baffles me when people think Amazon is all in on this game or something. It really comes off more like a side project they assigned budget to because Star Citizen was taking too long to come out with a project that shows off Lumberyard for them.

This is why I keep trying to tell people everything they’ve built on the corpse of the PvP game at this point is just borrowed ideas from other PvE games that are done better in those other games.

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ichi sakari

our dev team spent hundreds of hours creating a housing system based on the one from ESO

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Jon Wax

Worse

PlayStation Home let way more people in your house at one time

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Leiloni

Feels a lot like the BDO system as well.

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Random MMO fan

Here is an interior screenshot with some decorations for anyone curious, same room just from different angles:

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Godnaz

Wow, not only are you under NDA during alpha testing of New World but you were dumb enough to post screenshots on a gaming media site with a character’s name and a testing ID # attached to the Amazon account.

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Arktouros

What are they going to do? Ban him from an Alpha he doesn’t care about?

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Godnaz

It’s possible it’s not his account, just lifted from some private source, possibly banning another person for one and two, good luck getting invites later down the road to any other Amazon products.

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Oh Arktouros…

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;-)

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mystwen

This is good, imho. I love the housing in BDO.

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Some more information for curious, the smallest house has single floor and the largest has 3 floors. Each floor has single room. Everyone can visit your house, you will just be invisible when doing this to anyone else unless you visit as a group.

Also, Bree, why cannot I post images anymore? My posts say “pending approval” when I try to post links to screenshot site. Is is an NDA censorship? ;-)

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krieglich

you’ll be buying homes that are essentially instanced at the door, so lots of people will be entering the same door but then heading into their own version of that style of house, a bit like EverQuest or Elder Scrolls Online

And exactly like Black Desert.

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krieglich

Thanks staff for removing the reply to this comment, I just wanted to add BDO as info and I don’t need some ill-mannered replies to it against the staff.