Lawrence mentioned that the move allows for more time to make sure the experience they give to players allows them to be "fully immersed" in the experience, as well as to make sure that dedicated players have plenty of content to work through.
I’m proud of the hard work the team has done, making the game ready for launch with the features we intended for release. We also have a list of features that we planned to start working on once we were in live development, as that is part of operating an MMO. 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 such, the team is delaying the official release from August 25th to Spring 2021, as well as moving its final beta test to that timeframe as well. This is something Lawrence says the studio doesnt make lightly, and is determined to get out the best quality MMO as possible.
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.
For those who have been testing in the Alpha, as well as those who pre-ordered or signed up for the Beta, you'll still be able to play New World come August 25th in a limited run. According to Lawrence it'll be the full game of New World as it stands now. There isn't an indication as to how long this limited test will run, but players should keep an eye on their inboxes to with details on how to take part.