The Daily Grind: What expectations do you have for Amazon’s New World?

    
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It’s already been a crazy busy summer for MMO tests, patches, expansions, and launches — and we are far from done. One of the big tentpole releases for the year is still on its way, as Amazon’s New World is coming out in late August.

And I’m looking forward to it. I am. I don’t need a new MMORPG to play to occupy my time, but I will gladly try this out. I like the aesthetic and world building (it reminds me a lot of Secret World in some ways), and I think it has a lot of potential if it can rise above some of its more mediocre design elements to hook players.

So I guess my expectations for New World is that it will be decently entertaining and a solid hit that will finally prove that Amazon can launch a successful game. Not super-high expectations, but that’s what I’m thinking right now. What about you? What expectations do you have for this upcoming MMORPG?

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Aldristavan

Low, but optimistic.

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Nate

Itll be just fine. I think theres plenty of hype built up around it. I put over 300 hours into the alpha and im still excited for launch so that says something.

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Richard de Leon III

Considering how fast they shuttered their other games. I dont have a lot of hope of it lasting if it doesnt initially attract millions on day 1.

Off-topic: As much as I want to play the next generation MMO, after losing my job and having an erratic schedule on my new one, I dont see myself able to seriously play any mmo from the start especially if it follows a raiding or grouping style progression.

Even the recent ff14 rush hasnt urged me to play because of real life, as much as I wanted to join the FF bandwagon :(

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2Ton Gamer

When the numbers do not meet the next corporate profit filing the board will pull the plug on any further financing and probably give up on gaming in general. Bezos is gone and perhaps pipedreams with him. Even if the game is a mediocre success, but does not have AAA numbers they will give up. Mass layoffs and certainly not much more after that. I do not see this game doing better than being a streamer delight for a few weeks and as problems shake out with the game I definitely do not see them giving the game more time like Zenimax did with ESO early on in it’s life.

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Drunk3nShaman

Years of enjoyment.

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Utakata

Somewhere between the top of the head and the tips of the pigtails. Or tldr, low. >.<

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NeoWolf

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misanthropomorphic

From experience playing, this game has a major identity crisis. You can tell very clearly it was a PvP-focused game right up until it wasn’t. The PvE feels slapped on in every way. Quests are simplistic, NPCs look like clay dolls, the voice-acting is truly cringe-worthy, and the game throws PvP in your face constantly, whether you’re interested or not.

I tried very hard to like it, but it just fell flat. (although gathering and crafting were a bit of fun.) I’ll be watching this one from the sidelines. Amazon has a bad history with gaming, however they’ve also shown the ability to make many changes quickly, notably in adding PvE to this game in just under a year.

If they can figure out who this game is for, they might have a shot with it.

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Anstalt

I predict a failure, but honestly I don’t know any more. I have no idea who this game is aimed at any more, only that it’s not aimed at gamers like me.

I guess there will be an initial successful rush of players simply because this is the first AAA MMORPG released by a western studio since 2014. Thats a hell of a long wait for a new game for a lot of us, so that fact alone practically guarantees good numbers at launch.

But, the game has not been designed for long term success, so I expect retention to be terrible and the game to be in trouble after a few months. Like other MMORPGs, I expect this to result in a change in the business model in order to get more money out of the remaining playerbase. If we’re very lucky, Amazon might invest some resources into fixing the core problems, but based on what happens at other studios I think this would be very unlikely.

I still wish the game the best of luck and hope it is a success. Even though the game is not for me, I want it to do well so that other studios might be encouraged to enter the MMORPG market. Eventually, one day, I may get an MMORPG that I actually want to play!

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squid

Spent this past month playing the Alpha; I’m looking forward to release.

People will always find things to shit on about any new release, but New World is a solid addition to the genre. Provided Amazon sticks with it post launch and doesn’t completely cannibalize the team to make other games, it’ll make a good addition to the Big Five.