It’s another big day for New World: Amazon is opening up a public test realm to let players test out its coming content update.
The PTR opens up today at 3 p.m. EST for all players; you’ll find the New World PTR app already in your Steam library. “Between our internal testing efforts and your feedback we hope to catch and resolve all serious issues before they reach the live servers,” the studio revealed late last night. “Hundreds of changes have been made and the full release notes will be shared on release day. To help with the feedback process, all newly created characters on these worlds will have the opportunity to instantly level to select level-ranges outfitted with appropriate gear and items.” You won’t be able to use your own toons, only those boosted toons.
So what’s in this patch? The first of hopefully many new weapons: the Void Gauntlet.
“The Void Gauntlet has manifested in Aeternum! Manipulate the powers of the Void to support your allies and debilitate your enemies with this magical DPS/support hybrid. It’s the first weapon to scale on both Intelligence and Focus, making it a great pairing with the Life Staff and other magic weapons. The Annihilation tree focuses on maximizing damage at close-range and revolves around Void Blade, a summoned blade of corrosive void energy. The Decay tree offers ranged healing and debuffs and revolves around Orb of Decay, a dual phase projectile that can debuff enemies and heal allies. With its arsenal of buffs and debuffs, the Void Gauntlet is perfect for group combat and can significantly bolster your allies at the expense of your enemies.”
There’s plenty more in this upcoming patch, including new enemy types (Withered Swarmancer, Beetle, the Lost Shaman, Pirate Alligator, Ancient Guardian Pyromancer, and enhanced Corrupted Laborers), new quests in Western Everfall, a new legendary weapon quest, new quest variants in the main questline, three new PvP faction mission types (fort control points, intercept enemies, and retrieve war camp plans), and the promised unification of all the trading posts on a server.