Players are now able to enjoy a bunch of changes and hotfixes in New World Update 1.0.1, although the launch of this update aiming to tackle the AFK players problem was plagued by extended downtime.
New World was finally let loose on the world following multiple delays and it proved to be an immensely popular MMORPG, hitting 500,000 players on its first day. Amazon was apparently not well prepared for such a huge influx of gamers -- that meant a lot of waiting in queues and frustrated players review bombing the game on Steam. Now, a new patch has arrived aiming to tackle some of the problems with these long queues, although it took a little longer than expected to roll it out to everyone.
What's New in New World Update 1.0.1?
New World Update 1.0.1 aims to resolve some of the issues with AFK players and issues with the queue system along with a number of smaller bug fixes for the new Amazon MMORPG.
Let's start with the problem of AFK players. Amazon had systems in place to prevent idle players from staying connected to the server, but it appears that a number of sneaky devils subverted this with simulated mouse movement. Amazon Games has added measures to detect this kind of behavior. It's also shortened the AFK warning message from 20 minutes to 15 minutes and the AFK disconnection timer from 25 minutes to 20 minutes.
Another issue was resolved with the New World queue. While there's no major announcement about reducing queue times, the developers have added a new confirmation screen to ensure that players don't accidentally leave the queue early.
A number of other bugs were fixed in this patch, including missing coin rewards and issues with fast travel animations; you can read the full New World 1.0.1 Update patch notes for all the fine details.
New World Downtime Was Nearly Twice As Long as Intended
Unfortunately, the launch of New World Update 1.0.1 was not without its problems -- what was originally intended to be a 4-hour downtime ended up lasting nearly twice as long due to unspecified problems behind the scenes.
The game's official Twitter account first announced a four-hour downtime at 5:45 AM Eastern Time. Then, a delay and a second delay were announced due to "technical difficulties." The servers gradually began to come back online in the early hours of the afternoon, and Amazon finally made the announcement that everything was up and running again just under 8 hours after the initial downtime announcement.
The extended New World downtime may have been disappointing for some, but it looks like everything is back to normal now! You can join in the fun of the world of Aeternum by buying New World for PC via its official website starting at $39.99 or your regional equivalent.
Were you annoyed by today's extended New World downtime? What do you think of the changes made in Update 1.0.1? Let us know in the comments below!