“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.
— New World (@playnewworld) April 9, 2020