Earlier this week, Amazon gave us an early look at content being added to the ongoing Alpha for New World. This high-end content includes a new zone, Reekwater, as well as spears and the introduction of a fishing mechanic. But Bradford was interested more in how the experience has changed since the previous test in August. Here are his thoughts on the update.
The latest article on the New World site acknowledges that previous tests have fulfilled their purpose, and now points to the next alpha phase where plans to test new designs, implement changes and hopefully break the game in hopes to better fix it, will be ongoing.
Amazon has released some interesting stats about New World's preview, including the much needed information that players hunted turkey - to the tune of 8 million being killed over the preview period.
John Smedley of Sony Online Entertainment and Daybreak fame, and more recently, head of Amazon Game Studios in San Diego, tweeted the news that AGS has quite a few positions open for an unannounced game. The game does not have anything to do with the current MMO in production, New World, which is set to release next year.
In a recent interview on Gamesindustry.biz with New World game director Scot Lane, information has surfaced on how Twitch, action RPGs and survival titles influenced the design of combat in New World. In addition to outlining their influences, Lane is candid about Amazons focus to make New World the next big MMO in an industry that he feels has been largely stagnant.
New World development is moving along and Red Thomas checks out crafting in the latest "preview" event. Red gives his thoughts on what he likes and doesn't like about the crafting and offers a few tips that might help players maximize their time in the game.
New World released a preview on the 25th of August, and it looks like it has been quite popular with Steam players. Yesterday, August 27th, the game peaked at over 48K players, with populations staying fairly steady since the preview went live.
New World's much anticipated NDA-less preview is now live, according to an announcement made on their Twitter feed. The preview event, which runs from today through September 5th, will give Alpha and Pre-order players a chance to romp through Aeternum and share their experiences first hand, as the NDA has finally been lifted.
Bradford had a chance to take on a War in Amazon Games' upcoming MMO New World ahead of the preview event starting later today. Check out his thoughts on combat and the performance in the build leading up to the peview event.
On August 19th Amazon announced an exclusive publishing agreement with Smilegate RPG. No details were given about the specific title Smilegate would be developing for Amazon, but recent rumblings have speculated Lost Ark would be the title headed to North America.
New World is hosting its first non-NDA playtest next week, and the team at Amazon Game Studios has taken to its website to detail the preview event for waiting adventurers.
The New World Density Test is now in the books as Amazon Game Studios has tweeted to all adventurers that their next chance to stain Aeternums soil is August 25th. AGS believes that they have been granted crucial information from this test that will enable New World to perform better in the future.
Amazon Game Studios is allowing players who have pre-ordered prior to July 26th or alpha tested, into a density test that begins July 30th. The test is aiming to stress the servers for an upcoming New World Preview.
In a post today via Twitter, New World Studio Director Rich Lawrence announced that the upcoming MMO from Amazon Game Studios will be delayed, again, until Spring 2021.
In a weird turn of events, Amazon is taking the already released Crucible and moving it back to a closed beta according to new update.