Amazon Games just delayed New World again, now to September 28

    
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Amazon Games has just announced on Twitter that it’s postponing the launch of New World.

“[W]e’re going to take a few extra weeks to smash bugs, improve stability, and polish the game,” the studio writes. “New World’s new global launch date is September 28, 2021. This was not an easy decision to make. We know this isn’t the first time we’ve changed our launch date in pursuit of quality, and that it can be disappointing to wait a bit longer. But we want to be sure we deliver you the highest quality game possible at launch.”

As the studio hints, this marks the fourth delay for the MMO; the company had previously planned on an August 31st launch, the announcement for which was already its third postponement. During the game’s alpha and beta, we penned several impressions pieces on the game, overall finding it to be in a relatively good place technically, so it’s not entirely clear what the studio can do with just the extra month of time. However, as we noted on this week’s podcast, the end of August can be a tricky time to launch, so maybe this delay won’t be a bad thing anyway.

Source: Twitter
Update
Amazon Games has amended its original tweet to clarify that in fact players sank over 25,000,000 hours into the closed beta.

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Crowe

Good call but needs some major QoL to the start experience. Not being able to play with your friends from the beginning won’t go over well and isn’t conducive to keeping players.

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CoreChamber

It was the right decision. Has all the bones of a good game, still needs a little polish and tweaks to the enemy AI. With a little bug squashing and combat additions this game will be a big hit. Twice now they have listened to feed back.

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Zero_1_Zerum

Still not impressed with the whole “conquistadors oppressing the natives” stench this game gives off.

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Allan Huls

When the natives are zombies and monsters, I think it’s okay.

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Bruno Brito

I mean, there is still a lot of conquistador-like fashion and thematic, but now the place doesn’t seem to have natives, only corrupted people. It still has a lot of weird symbolism but it’s better than it was for sure.

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Bruno Brito

What a surprise.

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Matthäus Wey

Good for them, honestly. My experience resembled a technical alpha/alpha-1 state. So much was missing, buggy, and just not up to modern gaming standards.

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mmogdog

Oh crap. I booked some leave from work for this. I should be able to reschedule my time off. Has me worried though since it was scheduled for last year but delayed. Did they blame the pandemic? Seems like they should have had time to sort things out if it was anywhere near ready back then.

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John Mclain

Yeah I used to take time off work for game launches, but I’ve learned to never do that again, as games are 100% ALWAYS delayed over and over and over again sometimes days before the launch date. Then I’m stuck with time off work and nothing to do. Glad to hear you can reschedule though, I always ended up stuck with it.

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mmogdog

I should have known and waited to book my leave in. Fortunately, my work is really cool about leave changes. I should be fine apart from looking a bit silly.

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Allan Huls

Pandemic wasn’t to blame for this. They need time to address bugs and stability issues, which would have hampered launch day.

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NeoWolf

wait, wait.. they want to delay it a little in order to improve it based on beta feedback??? THE MONSTERS!!! lol

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Mark

This brings the release closer to Lotro’s Gundabad release.
I hope they remain at least a month apart.

Disappointed to wait another month but its a good call and I’ll deal with it.

May give Lineage II – Aden some time while waiting for the shiny new things from SSG and AGS.

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Rob Hagaman

The one thing I think they need can’t be fixed in the extra time – a story. All the quests are kkill/collection, exploration(not fun, just boring), and courier services. It gives credit to the designers that the combat and interactions are done so well, that it’s at least fun while you’re going from point A to point B. The storytelling just isn’t there, as far as the background of the island’s history. I got to level 28, and didn’t run into anything, other than the old fishing guy that makes you run to get the thing and get another thing to make the thing to beat the thing. That was the closest I got to anything.

I did enjoy the game for the look, the original premise, and the combat. It’s ready for release, and I’ll get my 40 bucks worth out of it. I just wish there were more RPG to this MMO.

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Carebear

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha