We weren’t alone here in calling Amazon Game Studios’ original launch window of spring 2020 for New World “foolhardy” and “premature.” And we’re guessing we aren’t alone now when we express a complete lack of surprise that the studio is yanking the title from its August 25th release slot and shoving it all the way to spring of next year.
“We will be changing our launch date — and correspondingly, our final beta test — to spring 2021. We don’t make the decision lightly, and we have urgency about getting the game to you as quickly as possible at the best quality — with some additions that will make the experience even better,” Senior Director Rich Lawrence said.
Lawrence cited tester feedback and a need for more fleshed-out features as a reason for the delay, although it could just come down to the fact that the game isn’t finished yet. As a small token of compensation for the very lengthy delay, New World’s full experience (such as it is) will become available “for a limited time” on August 25th to anyone who has signed up for the beta or pre-ordered the game.