New World - A game by a new competitor to release in August
2020-06-13 by Professor Chaos
New World Aeternum Awaits is an upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing video game by Amazon Game Studios set to release in August 2020, with closed beta testing for pre-order purchases set to begin a month earlier after being delayed from its May 2020 release date and April 2020 beta date.
The game will be using a buy to play model, meaning there will be no monthly mandatory subscription fee.New World feels somewhat anomalous.
Amazon 1st Big PC Game
It's a new MMO, but not a wildly ambitious Kickstarter project, not a survival game, not free-to-play, and it does not take place in space.
It feels like a game that could've been released alongside Guild Wars 2 in 2012 but it's brand new and it's releasing here in 2020. It's also Amazon's first big PC game release, so expectations are high.
Gameplay of New World: Aeternum Awaits
A few things help New World stand apart from other fantasy MMOs.
It takes place on Earth and the player characters are all human
Swords, bows, and guns seem to be more common than magic
The active combat requires aiming and timing, dodge rolls and blocks
It's not stand-and-whack-each-other MMO combat.
There are ancient ruins left behind by an ancient civilization (and guarded by their skeletons), natural creatures enhanced by magic, corrupted settlers, and other baddies to fight. There's more to the story than just the setting, but so far we just have the basic setup and a glimpse at the villain.
Release date of New World
New World will launch on August 25th, 2020. It was originally planned for a May release date before the Covid-19 pandemic caused many games to be delayed. The pre-orders have already begun for the game.