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Amazon push back launch of New World to August

Published: 21:44, 16 February 2021
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Amazon's upcoming MMORPG New World has unfortunately been delayed to August 31, 2021, but the studio wrote a pretty comprehensive and quite reasonable justification for the change of heart.

This is New World's second delay so far, but with Cyberpunk 2077 console launch still fresh in our hearts and minds, we'll be picking delays over a rushed launch for a while.  

Amazon explained that fans have been instrumental in blocking out many a feature in New World, and they've indirectly helped improve and/or polish the combat system, quest variety, armour and weapon variety, fishing, map expansion, overhauled crafting system and last but not least - endgame content.

Which is exactly what Amazon have been focusing on under the watchful eye of the New World community, and they stressed that the end-game features they're preparing are absolutely essential to have on day one. 

"We’ve been hard at work on compelling end-game features we believe are important to include at launch. These features won’t be ready for the Spring timeframe that we had communicated. [...] 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", they wrote in the latest blog post.

Too much focus on rolling games out the door has repeatedly proven to be a foolishly optimistic endeavour, and it doesn't help how it subtly implies that your customers won't be able to tell the difference.

So, while we're not exactly ecstatic, we'd still be more concerned if Amazon went ahead and launched the game in an unfinished state. 

You can find the full blog post on New World's website .

New World, an open-world MMO by Amazon Game Studios

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New World, Aeternum sure looks appealing!

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