New World Update Makes Big Starting Area Changes

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New World Update Makes Big Starting Area Changes

October 28, 2021

By: Joseph Allen

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Amazon Games
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PC
Release Date
September 28, 2021 (Calendar)
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Amazon Game Studios has launched a New World update intended to address some common problems players are experiencing. The update also includes some big changes to the starting experience, as well as Faction token limits, housing, and more.

What's changed in the latest New World update?

After update 1.0.3 implemented free server transfers earlier this month, this latest New World update is aimed squarely at fixing common gameplay issues. First up, AGS says it's removed the Everfall starting beach. This decision was made in order to "funnel new players" through the other three starting locations, thus increasing the probability that players will start in the same area.

An adventurer walking through a crowded area in New World
The removal of the Everfall beach area should make it easier to find your friends in New World.

Amazon Game Studios is also offering compensation to players who bought first houses without realizing they'd need to pay full taxes on them. The text detailing this offer wasn't sufficiently clear, so if you bought a first house before the UI fix happened, you're entitled to 2,000 coins in compensation. This money should appear in your account automatically, so make sure you take a look at your coffers next time you log in. Reimbursements are also coming to Companies who lost revenue relating to territory ownership or War declarations prior to update 1.0.3.

How have Faction tokens changed in New World?

This latest update also makes a change to Faction tokens. You're now able to hold 50% more tokens for each Faction tier, so you can continue to earn tokens even if you're at the reputation limit. Each value has been increased by 50% of its original amount; for example, where Tier 1 used to be capped at 5,000 coins, it's now capped at 7,500, and so on through to Tier 5. Hopefully, this should make it easier to build up reputation with your chosen Faction.

 
 
A blacksmith working at the anvil in New World
Pictured: Amazon Game Studios dutifully working away at fixing bugs in New World.

As you might expect, the latest New World update also squashes a whole bunch of bugs and makes lots of minor changes to gameplay. These tweaks include fixes to rare server crash instances, an armor texture flicker issue, and a rather amusing bug in which ladles wouldn't appear in players' hands when they were cooking. Hey, who's to say that's a bug? Maybe these players are just exceptionally skilled chefs. Notably, the update also contains fixes for "several known causes" of a previously identified game-breaking exploit which allowed players to become invulnerable. Amazon says it's continuing to monitor instances where this is occurring so that it can fix them.

You can grab New World right now on PC via Steam. After a couple of non-starter projects, New World represents a true runaway success for Amazon Game Studios, racking up 500,000 concurrent players within its first day or two on launch. If you picked the game up on launch but weren't able to log in thanks to lengthy server queue times, you should find a free transfer token waiting for you when you log back in, so now might be a good time to check out New World again.

Are you excited for the changes in this New World update? Let us know in the comments below!

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Dark Souls changed my life, and I'm here to spread the good news. I like pretty much all sorts of games, but I judge everything by its proximity to our Lord and saviour, Dark Souls.

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