As the developers have stated, their intent until the full release of New World is to work on its optimization. Though most of us thought it will be limited to fixing crashes and bugs, it would appear they are going a step further.
Mark of a game well-made is not how well it runs on optimal hardware, but how it behaves on its minimal system requirements.
In terms of game file size, for New World, you will need at least 50 GB of free disk space available. To play New World you will need a minimum CPU equivalent to an Intel Core i5-2400. Whereas, an Intel Core i7-2600K is recommended in order to run it. The cheapest graphics card you can play it on is an AMD Radeon R9 280.
However, the developers have just announced that they have lowered the recommended CPU to R5 1400 AF. What this suggests is that Amazon has managed to deliver on their promise of optimizing the game.
The Ryzen 5 1400 is the entry-level chip from AMD's latest Ryzen 5 series which is aimed at the mainstream market. The 1400 is a budget quad-core, 8 threaded CPU with base/boost clocks of 3.2/3.4 GHz.
Its predecessor, in terms of system requirements, was AMD’s Ryzen 5 1600, which is a brand new CPU with an old, old name from 2017. It's mostly an R5 2600, in that it's a slower variant of the Zen+ CPU from the 2000-series, but with a 1000-series name.
For those of you that have no interest in the technicalities, the conclusion is that New World can be expected to run even more smoothly than before, not just due to the lowered system requirements regarding hardware, but the fact that this insinuates that the game itself has gone through a baptism of sorts.