Amazon Game Studios is betting big on its big sprawling video game debut, New World. The MMORPG was originally slated to release this month, but was pushed back to Spring 2021. Instead, its getting its first non-NDA test period that starts on August 25th, 2020 at 9:00AM PT and lasts until September 4th, 2020 at 11:59PM PT.
New World is a hybrid PvE and PvP open world MMORPG with a unique alternate reality setting in which explorers discover the “new world” only to realize its corrupted by an ancient, mysterious power. One of the more unique aspects to New World is how it handles combat. Instead of relying on target-based attacks everything has actual physics in the game world. Every weapon attack, arrow shot, bullet, spell projectile, and so on travels through the air in real-time. This creates immensely interesting PvP scenarios for the massive siege battles.
This week Amazon detailed what to expect from the test period, who will be granted access, and how to sign up to play. Preview invitations will be sent out in waves of descending priority, starting with previous Alpha Testers at the top and ending with Steam Pre-Order Customers at the bottom.
They created this nifty graphic to make things clear:
They’re essentially guaranteeing access for early supporters of the game that pre-ordered early, got into alpha tests, beta tests, and so on. However, you can still pre-order the game right now over on Steam and get into the last wave of test invites if you’d like.
Amazon Game Studios is planning to host servers in five different regions: North American East, North American West, Central Europe, Asia Pacific, and South America.
This marks the first preview event for New World that is entirely NDA-free meaning you’re able to stream, discuss, record and post footage, and so on. Make sure to tag @PlayNewWorld in any content and use the #NewWorldPreview hashtag. They even have a page on the website to sign up as a content creator for New World.
You can pre-order the game on Steam starting at $39.99. There will be no subscription fee to play, it’s a buy-to-play MMO like Destiny, Elder Scrolls Online, Guild Wars 2, and others.