Amazon’s MMO New World just delayed launch from May to August 25

Yes, it's because of COVID-19

    
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Gosh, that was a mistake.

Amazon’s New World isn’t going to make its planned May launch, as you’ve probably already guessed, given the fact that spring was supposed to mark the start of beta and instead COVID-19 happened.

“We have made the hard decision to delay the release of New World until August 25, 2020 and the start of Closed Beta to July,” Amazon Games Studio announced today. “Like most of you, our entire team has been sequestered as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. While we are still making great progress, developing an ambitious MMO like New World remotely has introduced some challenges. We want to make sure that we have the time needed to make New World the very best it can be for our players. As a result, we’ve chosen to delay the game’s release in order to reach our quality bar as we work remotely for the foreseeable future.”

The studio does note that the alpha will remain open for players. MMO players will recall that the game spent the better part of 2019 offline for what turned out to be a controversial retooling that suppressed much of the free-for-all PvP in the game, before resurfacing last winter with plans for release in the spring. Even at the time, however, gamers questioned whether the game’s PvE would be ready for a May launch.

Source: Official site. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
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Hukdora(@hukdora)
1 year ago

Aye less than 1 month given for “closed beta” always the sign of a winner.

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(@flying_dutchman)
1 year ago

The corvid excuse is obvious BS. You don’t delay 4 months for being quartined one.

On the other hand. The game really needed delayed. If they had released in may the game would have been dog crap.

Solaris(@paganrites)
1 year ago

GAH! So bummed.

Leibnitz(@leibnitz)
1 year ago

Confirming the pre-order jitters just cost them a whole heap of sales.

ichi sakari(@ichi_sakari)
1 year ago

I remember when I was excited to get a free pre-order for this hot mess

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Arktouros(@arktouros)
1 year ago

The game desperately needed this delay and thankfully they can blame Covid-19 for it.

At this trajectory and time table they’re most likely going to end up just over that line of mediocrity where they aren’t wholly panned but no one is exactly raving about the game either. Hooray for mediocrity!

Bruno Brito(@bruno_brito)
1 year ago
Reply to  Arktouros

So, it’s a standard MMO.

Arktouros(@arktouros)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bruno Brito

It should probably be with another 4 months of development.

partiesplayin(@partiesplayin)
1 year ago

I don’t know about you guys but pvp or pve aside my hype for this game went down the toilet when it went from 100,000 simultaneous players to 1000 . Which was a good 8 months ago

Raimo Kangasniemi(@raimo_kangasniemi)
1 year ago
Reply to  partiesplayin

It was never supposed to have 100 000 players simultaneously… 10 000 was mentioned as an eventual goal per server, though.

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Ashfyn Ninegold(@ashfyn_ninegold)
1 year ago

Serendipity.

Hope this means a more successful launch for New World.

kjempff(@kjempff)
1 year ago

Gasp. Did anyone see this coming ? /sarkasm.
Just make it summer 2021, we all know that is the realistic date.

Brown Jenkin(@brown_jenkin)
1 year ago

So disappointing and yet totally understandable. It’d be awesome having something new to play right now, hopefully the final product is polished I guess.