Amazon New World MMO Delayed Until Spring 2021
Amazon Game Studios announced Friday that it is delaying its massively multiplayer online game New World to spring 2021. It’s the second delay for New World this year; in April, Amazon pushed the game back from its original May launch window to Aug. 25. 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,”
“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.”
“As a result, we will be changing our launch date — and correspondingly, our final beta test to spring 2021. We don’t make the decision lightly, and we have urgency about getting the game to you as quickly as possible at the best quality with some additions that will make the experience even better.”
A message regarding New World’s official launch and Closed Beta.
— New World (@playnewworld) July 10, 2020
Despite the delay, Lawrence added that beta players and pre-order customers would be able to play New World in its current state starting on the original launch date of August 25, 2020. A closed beta for the game was also announced for late July during the PC Gaming Show 2020 presentation. Regardless, with Crucible having seen poor response upon release and going back into closed beta since, New World is likely a game Amazon Game Studios wants to give all the time it needs to be as perfect as can be.
As Amazon Game Studios continues to pursue quality with New World, it will be interesting to see how the game evolves as we move from its August beta towards the new Spring 2021 launch date.