Amazon’s New World closed beta finally begins today – check out the trailer!

    
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Happy beta day, New World! Yes, Amazon Games’ long-awaited MMORPG is finally rolling into closed beta today as the last leg of testing – and hype – before its launch on August 31st. And it is indeed testing; there will be a wipe before launch. But there’s no NDA, meaning that we’re all going to get a completely clean shot at the pre-launch build.

If you’ve already prepurchased the game or clickied the clicks way back when the game was still a “free” title on Amazon’s storefront, you should already have been sent your beta key; I got mine last night, for example, and Amazon said the keys were still being dispatched 12 hours ago. A rumor going around Reddit suggests all Amazon Prime members can access it as well. But beyond that, your only way in is getting a lucky invite from signing up for the beta on the official site or grabbing a key from the bajillions of hopeful streamers with giveaways.

The client is already available for download, and the studio is planning a devcast at noon EDT today, when it’ll release the trailer, open the gates, and shower followers with Twitch drops. We’ll be updating with the key bits, of course, or you can watch it yourself.

We’ve had five different MOP writers deliver multiple hands-on with the post-revamp version of the title already, most recently from MOP’s PvP columnist Sam, who attended last week’s press event and posted impressions of the new Outpost Rush PvPvE battleground and the new Lazarus Instrumentality PvE dungeon.

Source: Twitter
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The studio has added even more servers to the beta list:

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And the trailer is now live!

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Adam Russell

Cant play anymore. I played for about an hour the first day just through the starter area. Logged in today, all the way into game for about 5 seconds then got a popup “You are not authorized to continue playing”. I absolutely did not do anything to call for a ban thats for sure. Now when I try to login i can get to character select but when I try to enter game it says “Connection registration did not arrive in time”. Went to NW forums and I dont see a way to actually post a message, though I can read others posts.

edit: this was pre-ordered through Amazon long ago.

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Zedness

I loved the first day. Very impressive beta.

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Carebear

Do they really expect to sell cosmetics with such awful character models? The environment looks great but characters are horrible.. especially female ones. Body type and posture as well..

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bobfish

Well, this is the skin you get from the Twitch drop, so I expect the cosmetics to be pretty awful too.

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Carebear

so they will give you the choise to “hide” your character. Thats one solution..

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Stefan

Quite long queues times followed now by a downtime, hope to get game time in tomorrow, was to be expected as these are generally stress tests but they did open enough servers so it is not like they try to cram people in just a few and see if it would hold.

Only manage to create a character, not the biggest fan of it not but i guess it allows for some odd combinations if you like bearded female characters and male with female haircuts and all that. Rather would have gotten sliders than preset lists.

Most likely more options will be sold later on

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Fisty

I am not sure if this works now, because they have already started to roll out the keys, but you get a key when you preorder, but you can also cancel that preorder right after and give it a go. Demo your preorder.

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Chris Mac

They are revoking keys if you purchase through Steam and refund. You lose access to the Closed Beta in your library.

Fisty
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Fisty

But not if you ordered through Amazon.

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Chris Mac

Actually, if you go to “Your Games and Software Library and click Cancel Pre-order.” on Amazon, you will find your access is revoked on Steam.

That’s the rub, its through Steam either way. Most betas that require a pre-order function this way.

If you don’t believe me, give it a shot. You will still be able to re-preorder through Steam to get instant access again once you’ve realized cancelling revokes your access.

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Fisty

Turns out, I can play the game without problems and do not have a current preorder. Could be due to me being in the alpha several times, but this code is different than any of the others.

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Damien Foletto

Looking forward to participants’ reactions to this closed beta. I hope it’s not a dumpster fire, but looking at Amazon’s track record with game development, I’ll feel better with a fire extinguisher within arm’s reach.

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Kushaja

This is actually the first game they are gonna fully release. All the other ones have been cancelled before release.

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MaynardKeenanX

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aand jinxed

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I played for about 45 minutes at lunch, and it was a very smooth experience. Brief wait to login, no lag. Starter area a mob scene of course, but they seemed to be spawning quest mobs at a good enough rate to not make that an issue.

Very nice graphics, good sound, UI is pretty but would like to see more hud customization.

1st time playing, and I’ll definitely be playing a little more during beta then diving in more completely at launch.

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Zedness

The game itself has really taken me by surprise, it wasn’t really something I was expecting to play. Been one of the best large beta experiences I’ve ever had (Anarchy Online was my first) – was there at launch time too, and no real issues.

Best $40 bucks I’ve spent this year, even if I just play the closed beta I’ll get my money’s worth in hours by the time it’s done.

My boring MMO-less 2021-2023 just transmog’d into being a happy MMO camper again for the foreseeable future. Absolutely love it so far.

/LFGuild

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Adam Russell

Not finding how to download it. Got the email with code, but no download link. The above link goes to a twitter page with a link that goes to new world beta page, but dont see a way to download. Is it not up yet or am I missing something?

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Alomar

The game is on steam, you use the code on steam to activate the product.

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Adam Russell

Ok I got it. what a pita steam codes are
Had to go to game wallet, as if I was adding cash. wtf

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Vanquesse V

there’s an “add a game” button in the bottom left on the steam client. Pick the middle option.

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Adam Russell

delete, misread