Last week’s Friday afternoon news was the revelation that Amazon’s MMORPG New World has been delayed for at least the third time that we know of. It didn’t really surprise anyone who’d been watching the game closely, especially given the past delays, do-overs, COVID-19, and the worryingly generic dev blogs.
In fact, the interesting thing about the staff and commenter discussions that came in the wake of that announcement was that a lot of folks think it’s for the best, and we kicked around a lot of reasons to agree with AGS that a delay was the smart move: The delay gives it some breathing room away from WoW’s Shadowlands. The delay gives AGS some time to learn from Crucible’s mistakes, rather than launching a mess and having to unlaunch back into beta. And the delay allows Amazon to keep on filling in the PvE blanks created when the game shifted gears away from being a more PvP-centric gameworld.
What do you think about the New World delay? Is this a smart move? Does it help the game’s potential more than it hurts?