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When will the Closed Beta start? Closed Beta will begin on July 20, 2021. How long will the Closed Beta test be live? The Closed Beta will be live from July 20 to August 2, 2021. newworld.comTester Sign Up
From action-focused combat to massive PvP battles, New World is much more than what you'd expect from an MMO
When you think of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (or MMORPG, if you prefer), you’re likely to imagine a handful of common, shared traits – huge fantasy worlds, strict class systems, dedicated PvP zones, and so on. The MMO formula as it stands is pretty popular, so it’s no surprise that it hasn’t changed much over the years.
But New World, the new MMO from Amazon Games launching on August 31, 2021, is breaking away from the traditions of the genre in some interesting ways. It won’t be a completely alien experience to MMO fans, but it’s bringing some bold ideas to the genre that could well change the future of MMOs.
Better yet, the game’s closed beta period has just gone live earlier today (July 20). You can guarantee your spot by pre-ordering on Steam, or sign up on the website to give yourself a chance of random selection. But before you rush off to do that, allow us to whet your appetite with some of the ways that New World is breaking the MMO mould.
You know how it goes – you’ve been playing an MMO for 200 hours as a warrior, and now you want to play around with magic for a while. Except to do that, you need to start a brand new character and leave behind the avatar that’s become an extension of yourself.
Not so in New World. You won’t be asked to pick a class when you wash up on the shores of Aeternum. Instead, you’re free to use whatever weapons and armour you like, whenever you please. You can equip a longsword for close combat and a musket on your back for ranged attacks. If you’re a strictly ranged fighter, you can wield a bow while also casting magic with a staff or gauntlet. Heck, you can run into battle with two warhammers strapped to your back if that’s what floats your boat.
You can level up your mastery in each weapon by defeating enemies with them, unlocking new skills and abilities as you do so. And if you max out your sword stats and suddenly want to become a spellcaster, there’s nothing stopping you from completely abandoning your old path, but keeping the same character. The choice is yours.
No matter what weapon you’re using, combat in New World is much more involved than simply clicking on your chosen target and watching your character slowly dole out damage. You need to take an active role in battles if you want to survive out there.
You can swing your melee weapon around, building together simple combos before using an ability to strike serious damage. You can also block incoming attacks – as long as you have the stamina to do so – or dodge roll out of the way if the attack is looking particularly deadly.
Ranged fighters will need to aim true, as there’s no locking-on to enemies here – but if you do strike your foe in the head, expect some critical damage for your trouble. If they have a head, that is.
In New World, you’ll join one of three factions – the Syndicate, the Marauders, or the Covenant. Each of these factions is vying for control over the different regions of Aeternum, and you can help them take over by completing PvP quests and battles under your chosen groups’ banner.
Whether you want to aid their efforts by collecting deer skins, or engage in full-blown war at a Fort to assert your dominance over an enemy faction, there’s plenty of PvP action wherever you go. There are no dedicated PvP zones, so if you’re on a quest for your faction, you’re wide open to attack from anyone in another faction wherever you are in the world. But if you’d rather just focus on PvE, you can easily turn off PvP at any settlement, and venture off into the world safe from the swords and bows of your fellow players.
Whether you’re interested in engaging in Aeternum’s power struggle or not, there are still plenty of ways to make your mark on the world. For starters, you’ll gain Territory Standing whenever you complete quests in a region, allowing you to earn additional bonuses when you’re in the area. The choice is yours as to which upgrades you pick – do you need some more storage space in Everfall, or perhaps an XP boost in Weaver’s Fen? It’s up to you.
Gain enough standing in a territory and you’ll be able to buy property there. Once you’ve bought yourself a nice house, you can start crafting your own furniture to really put your own mark on the place. You can fill it up with one hundred bookshelves if you really want to – so long as you have the skills and materials.
Indeed, you can craft everything you need to survive in Aeternum at workstations across the map, and customise your items to gain bonuses that simply aren’t available when you dig something out of an item chest. And if you’re ready to move on from your favourite coat, you can sell it off at the Trading Post to another adventurer.
So now you’ve got a taste of what New World is bringing to the MMO genre. Want to start your own adventure? Find out how you can get involved in the Closed Beta that’s just gone live, and prepare yourself for the full launch of New World on August 31. Aeternum awaits!
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21 July, 2021 - 10:01pm
To say people have been excited for New World has been an understatement as the MMO officially hit its long-awaited closed beta today. As a result, thousands upon thousands of players descended upon the MMO, with SteamDB showing nearly 200K people jumping into Aeternum as the floodgates opened this morning.
The long-awaited MMO is steadily heading towards its August launch, and with it comes this two week-ish beta period which will allow players who pre-ordered to jump in and soak in as much of what Aeternum has to offer ahead of the August 31st release. This morning the MMO opened the beta doors, seeing tens of thousands of players rush to join the MMO in its opening moments, with SteamDB reporting that almost 200K players on Steam have joined in already. This is in addition to the more than 700K viewers taking it in on Twitch alone as big name streamers coupled with Twitch drops have drawn in the audiences.
New World, for those who haven't been paying attention, is an upcoming action MMO from Amazon Game Studios set during the twilight years of the Age of Exploration. Players find themselves shipwrecked on a mysterious island called Aeternum where you'll need to survive and uncover the mysteries the island has to offer.
New World is primed to release (finally) after having been delayed multiple times since its initial announcement a few years ago. The team at Amazon delayed the MMO from its 2020 release to add more mid-to-late game content to the MMO, something which they've certainly done with the addition of more PvP game modes as well as their expeditions, which are akin to an MMO's instanced dungeons.
New World isn't the only MMO to see a surge in interest, as it seems the genre as a whole is feeling like its under a mini-rennaissance, most specifically how Final Fantasy 14 has seen a surge in its popularity. New World's closed beta is scheduled to run through the 2nd of August, giving players plenty of time to get their feet wet in the new MMO to make sure that it what they are hoping for before the official launch.
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21 July, 2021 - 05:25pm
Amazon Games recently gave gamers a deep dive into New World's weapons and Expeditions during the Summer Game Fest 2021 event in June. The detailed look at the upcoming title focused on a number of systems that will hopefully make it a unique and innovative MMORPG. Real-time combat puts emphasis on positioning and timing, rather than the button-mashing battles of similar games. Multiplayer Expeditions will give teams of five players a chance to cooperatively battle foes and solve puzzles. The vast world of Aeternum will give gamers plenty of opportunities to explore and become immersed, and a variety of weapons will allow each player to hone their unique combat style. Amazon Games recently launched a closed beta for New World, allowing players to experience the upcoming title and provide valuable feedback. The beta, which will run from July 20 to August 2, is available to those who pre-ordered the game or signed up on the developer's website.
A report from PC Gamer reveals that New World's closed beta reached a breathtaking peak of 190,811 concurrent players on Steam less than 24 hours after it launched. The impressive player count, recorded by Steam Database, seems to bode well for the closed beta's popularity. As of writing New World's beta has more than 180,000 players, making it the third most popular game on Steam. PC Gamer explains that the beta MMORPG is also dominating on live streaming service Twitch, becoming the second most popular game on the website.
Amazon Games' New World looks to be a highly innovative MMORPG, combining real-time combat with engaging multiplayer content and a fascinating fictional world. The game's closed beta will also provide Amazon with valuable feedback, ensuring that the game's full release is optimized. Within its first day, New World's closed beta has proven to be a massive success.
New World will release on August 31 for PC.
20 July, 2021 - 06:12pm
The closed beta for Amazon Games’ new MMO, New World, launched today, and every prospective player is looking to make their way into the game. And, like many new releases with promotional testing periods, New World is partnering with streaming service and fellow Amazon subsidiary Twitch to give players who watch streams on the platform a chance at in-game drops.
And while players won’t be able to claim a beta key just by watching Twitch streams, they will be able to get their hands on some seriously intriguing pieces of loot. Here’s everything you need to know to claim Twitch drops for New World.
In order to earn New World Twitch drops, you must first log in to Twitch and set your profile to “Online.” From there, all you’ll have to do is watch any New World stream that is explicitly marked with the “Drops Enabled” tag on Twitch.
Make sure to keep an eye on chat once the Twitch drop goal is reached. Viewers are able to also claim their drops (and check their progress towards getting a drop) in their Twitch inventory. Once you’ve gone into your Twitch inventory and claimed your New World drop, make sure your Twitch account and your Steam account are linked.
Once everything is linked up, feel free to fire up the New World client and click the “Connect Twitch Account” button located on the main menu screen. Log into your Twitch account within the New World client, enter the game, and you should find whatever Twitch drop you received inside your character’s inventory.
The New World closed beta is slated to end on Aug. 3 at 1:59am CT.