New World’s open preview event has just begun

    
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New World’s open preview event has just begun

Amazon’s New World has just kicked off its don’t-call-it-a-beta beta preview event. The event is a follow-on to last month’s density stress test (seriously, is there a reason we keep inventing new terms for tests), but unlike that event, this one requires the new client and doesn’t come under an NDA, meaning you’re about to be inundated with streams and fanboying and snarky hot takes from all the folks who qualified for the test. Just remember that the info gleaned from the earlier test is still under NDA. You’ll have the whole week to play, as the servers aren’t set to go down until September 4th.

Haven’t decided where to play just yet? Last night, Amazon posted a massive list of servers to help you and your mates choose.

MOP’s Eliot Lefebvre leaped into a press event covering siege gameplay yesterday; we published his impressions earlier today. Spoilers: He was pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was!

Later today, MOP’s MJ Guthrie will be streaming the game for OPTV, so you can check it out vicariously through the stream if you aren’t personally in the test.

Have fun folks!

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And they’re off!

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

Since we’re not allowed to say anything about previous tests I’ll just say the fact that the version we are allowed to talk about is good comes as no surprise to me. Good is good, after all.

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Leiloni

The funny thing is, they’re going into development for another 7-9 months after this and we know the game is not done, so for all intents and purposes, it’s not really a beta. I think “preview event” fits because after this, we’re likely to have more Alpha tests and the only reason for this event is because it was the date they were originally launching. So it’s a preview into the current state as an apology for purchasers mostly. If you want to call it something else, maybe “open alpha test”?

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Bryan Correll

don’t-call-it-a-beta beta

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Rndomuser

Yea I am watching the streams. It is kind of funny how some streamers are desperately trying to say something good about it since they were encouraged to do this because they got the access from the publisher, even though many people in their own chat are actually laughing at what they see in stream.

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Arktouros

Honestly a great spectacle more interesting/fun than the game itself lol :)

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traja

The game looks fine to me on stream, I mean fine for being close to a year away from launch now. Obviously it wasn’t ready to go live though. Streamers running the best gaming hardware available are dropping below 40 fps. So clearly there is a long way to go just based on a couple hours of gameplay.

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Raidervc

The game is reasonably well optimized. If they have FPS issues it’s probably because they’re streaming. I was getting 80 FPS on high with my 2070 super, i7-3700, and 32 gb DDR4.

That said, it just felt…fine. I struggled to feel like I had a “purpose” which is understandable because it was designed as a pvp sandbox and pivoted away from that, so it’s currently iteration is a work in progress.

It’s pretty. The game world is interesting from what I’ve seen thus far.

The balance for pvp needs a good pass. You’re either using a hatchet or you’re probably dying. It’s unfortunate.

Crafting is fine. It’s MMO crafting. Not revolutionary but the UI is okay.

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traja

The big streamers use a separate PC to do the streaming so their performance should be representative of what is on their screen. What is different though is the amount of players near them fighting so maybe that is what causes it. But it’s good to hear that for the average player it’s not as bad.

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Rndomuser

It’s not about performance. What I see on stream is extremely generic gameplay – generic bashing of generic AI monsters, generic crafting, generic “go there, kill this, collect this” quests, generic abilities. To me and to many people in streamer’s chat this does not look like anything special and is in fact worse than many existing MMORPGs, so it is both sad and amusing seeing streamers trying to find something good about it and reacting so strongly to people who point out that other existing games are better, most likely because these streamers got free access and feel obligated to only say good things about it in fears of not getting free access to it from publishers in future if they will criticize it.

I don’t doubt that Amazon will add more stuff to it before release and will do changes to gameplay but I am talking about what I see right now.

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traja

I agree that it looks generic. It’s just that personally I am fine with generic in this long MMO drought that we are in the middle of.

On the streamers I can’t really comment without watching the same ones that you have. What you are saying does at least sound possible to me though.

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losludvig

or it could be that they’re actually enjoying themselves. I know I am

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Rndomuser

I don’t care about your enjoyment, I expressed my own subjective opinion which will not change regardless of other people’s opinions. As for streamers – it is EXTREMELY obvious when a streamer does actually enjoy the game he/she plays and I have seen some streamers who enjoy New World and I have nothing against them, but it is also EXTREMELY obvious when a streamer with, say, 25k viewers does not actually enjoy New World (or MMORPG games in general as it was very obvious based on previous MMORPGs this streamer played) but continues to try and say positive things about it as well as attack his own viewers who criticize it in chat, just because that streamer feels obligated to praise it (because the streamer was asked by Amazon to promote it and was provided with free access and hundreds of keys to give away). This is what I was actually talking about.

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Fisty

Still looks like they need to email you a code. I was hoping I could jump right in.