Amazon Games' New World MMO delayed to August 31, 2021

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What you need to know

  • Amazon Game Studios has been working on an MMO called New World for the last few years.
  • Originally slated to release in May 2020, the game was delayed first to August 2020 then into Spring 2021.
  • New World is being pushed back again to August 31, 2021.

Amazon Games' MMO New World has been delayed multiple times, first from May to August 2020, then to sometime in a vague Spring 2021 window. Now, the developers shared today that New World is being delayed again, this time to August 31, 2021.

The developers cited more time being needed to implement new features based on feedback, which isn't going to be possible in the timeframe originally stated. These features include the fishing system, more refined combat and a new region called Reekwater. More alpha testing servers will go online for the EU region in the months to come. The closed beta test is similarly being pushed back and is now set to begin on July 20, 2021, with access open to anyone who has preordered the game.

Amazon Game Studios has struggled to produce multiple games over the past couple of years, with its team-based shooter Crucible pulled from release after a lackluster launch and then canceled completely shortly after, with the developers not seeing a "healthy, sustainable future" for the game.

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