Amazon Game Studios has delayed its upcoming MMORPG New World once again, this time pushing it to August 31, 2021.
New World was previously delayed from May to August 2020, and it was more recently pushed to spring 2021. Compared to its second delay, this move to August 31 is comparatively small. Amazon is also speaking in more specific terms with regards to dates and time frames, so while this isn’t necessarily the game’s final delay, it seems that New World is coming into some form.
This latest delay for New World comes with a bonus, however. The game is set to have a closed beta test on July 20, followed by its full release on August 31. That is the ideal scenario, where nothing else goes wrong for the MMO.
In a blog post, Amazon shared that the original spring deadline proved to be too tight for the team. With the number of end-game features they have in mind for New World, more time is needed to implement them into the game. In addition, it will allow Amazon time to polish and finetune the whole experience. It appears that the New World delay is a good thing.
“We’ve been hard at work on compelling end-game features we believe are important to include at launch,” reads the developer update. “These features won’t be ready for the spring timeframe that we had communicated. With that in mind, we will release New World on August 31, 2021.
“With this extra time, we’ll be able to add these substantial improvements while polishing and fine-tuning the whole game before we open Aeternum’s shores to the world.”
Amazon Game Studios seem to be doing really well with New World. However, it has made considerable losses in the company’s foray into video games. Previously, Amazon canceled big-budget games such as Breakaway and Crucible, years into their development. That’s a lot of money down the drain.
Many of these newly added features will be available in the New World closed beta test, which is now scheduled to launch on July 20. That includes the new Ebonscale Reach end-game zone, five-player instanced activities called Expeditions, and 20v20 PvP battles in Outpost Rush. Anyone who’s pre-ordered the game will get access to the beta. Alpha testing will also continue in the months ahead, with EU servers to come on March 30.
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