Amazon's MMO New World Delayed to 2021

Publisher
Amazon Games
Multiplayer modes
MMO, Online
Platforms
PC
Monetization
One Time Purchase
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Indescribable Feeling

Feedback from players will see Amazon's upcoming MMO New World delayed by quite a severe margin — you're going to be waiting nearly a year before you'll be able to play it.

If you haven't been keeping up with New World: Aeternum Awaits, it's a brand-new MMORPG in development by Amazon. Thus far, we've seen a detailed look at a planned "class-less" weapons system and the staggering amount of progression and skills available to players. It's certainly shaping up to be an interesting game, but it seems like development has hit a hitch.

 
 

New World: Aeternum Awaits had already been delayed to August 2020; now, a tough decision by the devs will see New World delayed yet again to next year.

Amazon's New World Delayed 2021 slice

Why was New World Delayed?

The reason behind the delay was explained by the game's Studio Director in a heartfelt post. In short: he wants to ensure that players get the best experience possible.

"When we examined the feedback we received over the last several months from our Alpha audience, we saw that players like the game, and they would like to see even more of it," explained Studio Director Rich Lawrence in an announcement on the game's Steam Community page. "In particular, we want to ensure that the most dedicated players have plenty of middle and endgame experiences as they venture through Aeternum. We want our players to feel completely immersed in the game, and know that our studio stands for quality and lasting gameplay you can trust — and that means added time to get things where we want them before we fully release."

When is the New World Release Date and Beta?

Naturally, this delay means that the beta is going to be pushed back. If you've been hoping to test the game sometime in the near future, you're going to be disappointed: the New World release date and its beta launch date have been pushed back to sometime in Spring 2021.

Not everyone is going to be left in the lurch, though — those of you who have signed up for the beta, tested the Alpha, or pre-ordered the game will be able to play the full game in a limited fashion on August 25, 2020. The devs don't specify how long this special play period will last, but you probably don't want to miss it — you might not be able to play New World again until next year.

Are you sad to see Amazon's New World delayed or do you think it's ultimately for the best? Do you think this game will succeed where Amazon's other games have been struggling? Let us know in the comments below!

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Robert N. Adams

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!