New World nerfs experience and buffs character appearance in its June alpha

    
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With less than three months to launch, Amazon’s New World is putting the last touches on the playtest. This week, the studio’s dropped the first part of its June alpha update, and it’s got much more than the 1209 bug fixes at the tippy-top of the patch notes.

Notably, character progression has been retouched again to avoid players outleveling content, so the company has boosted experience for lore discoveries and POI exploration but reduced experience from breach spawns and faction and PvP missions while increasing required experience to level by 40% after level 7. Awww.

The studio also says it added 50 new armor sets, tweaked existing armor and weapons, lightly rebalanced key weapons, and renovated the main menu and character selection interfaces. That UI refresh has also extended to a polish of the combat UI, the default control scheme, and player navigation too.

The most welcome change has to be the new character appearance options, something very much needed: “A plethora of new character appearance options are now available when creating your character including new faces, hair styles, facial hair styles, eye colors, skin features, scars, and tattoos.”

You can read the whole rundown on the official site.

Source: New World
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tiltowait

Any info on gameplay loops for this one? Is it pure themepark? anything novel?

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Stoli

They did promise to limit the cash shop to cosmetics until 2022, so even if boosts show up on 01/01/22, the game would have already been live for 4 months and I would guess most people starting at launch would be max level by then. So the boosts really shouldn’t come into play, assuming they stick to their promise.

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Gamhuin

I’ve gone from absolutely no interest to curiously hopeful about this one.

I’m glad they’ve added more options to character creation. I am still disappointed that there are no body types/sliders to choose from aside from gender presentation. :(

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SmiteDoctor

Wait a second ALPHA, I thought it was launching soon?!?!

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Vanquesse V

Right now this feels like a game you either need to get in on, right at launch, or you need to wait till the 2nd wave of mtx hits. We know about the exp boosts, but what they add after that will be a pretty good hint at the long term direction of the game.
I’ll be there day one and I expect the game to be at least decent for the first year or so. Long term I can see it either doing just fine, or becoming a p2w and “pay to have artificial inconveniences removed” nightmare game.

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Raap

I guess they want to sell those boosts about 40% more often.

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Bruno Brito

Love the faces and well, i’ll just say it, i actively like the conquistador aesthetics. It’s the same aesthetics for the Vampires in Magic and i’m all here for it. Having options is always good.

I hope there are options for androginous characters.

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Java Jawa

The faces remind me a little bit of Sea of Thieves.

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MrSaxon

God damn. I’m actually kinda excited about this game.

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Arktouros

New World: “We need to sell XP boosts because some people might fall behind and not be able to keep up!”

Also New World: “We’ve just made it twice as long to level up.”

As always, actions speaking a lot louder than words.

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Eliandal

What actions? The game hasn’t even launched yet.

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angrakhan

The action of intentionally adjusting the leveling speed to drive people to buy boosters in the cash shop. Does this really need to be spelled out for you?

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Bruno Brito

I kinda wanna test the long leveling path, may have some LoTRO feelings.

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Dug From The Earth

This studio actually deserves any backlash they get for their actions.

This will be amazon’s 3rd strike, and it doesnt look like they are really trying to prevent it.

How many more years will it take these large companies to realize:

Step one: Make a good game people actually enjoy playing
Step two: Profit.

These companies seem to have reversed the steps, and despite failure after failure, still havent figured this out.

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SmiteDoctor

I just had to turn your comment into a Meme.

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tiltowait

despite the obvious, I don’t mind leveling up slower to balance the content, out leveling content is no fun.

Now if it’s FFXIV-slow, count me out.