COVID-19, or commonly known as Coronavirus, has canceled multiple gaming events, conventions, press briefings, and caused multiple studios to delay their titles, and developer and publisher Amazon Games' New World is its latest victim. It marks Amazon's first dive into the world of video games, and they are doing it with a unique MMO which fans are anticipating big things from.
The team's Game Director Scott Lane took to the game's official YouTube channel to announce New World's delay from its intended May release date to August 25th, considering the situation and the development team's productivity taking a hit under the current remote work circumstances. As a direct consequence, the game's closed beta period was pushed to July as well.
However, to benefit from the downtime, Amazon Games will keep New World's currently running Alpha open for those already participating to make sure they can implement their feedback and shape the experience to their best abilities. In Steam's blog post, they reassured fans they won't stay silent as players can expect more information on content and features going into the game during the upcoming period to keep them busy.
The Alpha will remain open as we continue to test and tune our player experience. Between now and our launch on August 25, we will continue to share details on features and content going into the game.
New World was expected to release later in May as a PC exclusive, but the delay announcement pushes it all the way to August 25th. Make sure to check out the announcement trailer below for more information as to why the developer had to take this decision and how COVD-19 affected New World's development.
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