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New World MMO from Amazon Games Sees Delay to Spring 2021

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Amazon MMO New World has seen another delay, moving its launch from next month to next year. Amazon Games announced the push back via a blog post, revealing that the launch and closed beta dates have been moved to sometime in spring 2021. The game was previously set to enter its final beta sometime ahead of an Aug. 25 launch on PC.

New World Studio Director Rich Lawrence specifically pointed to a desire “to ensure that the most dedicated players have plenty of middle and endgame experiences” as partial cause for the delay.

Lawrence went on, saying that Amazon wants to provide a lengthy, quality experience: “We’re passionate about the game we’ve been making and want to add more features and content before we share it with a wider audience.”

Those that signed up for the beta and the players that have already been participating in the alpha will be able to play all of New World in its current state for a limited time starting Aug. 25. (Be sure to keep checking your emails for an invite.)

You can see the full statement posted to the New World Twitter account below.

This isn’t the MMO’s first time dealing with a delay, as the project was first set to arrive in May 2020 before being pushed to later in the year. The delay also follows a development shake-up for Crucible, another Amazon Games project. Crucible launched to a quickly diminishing player base, leading the game to return to beta for now.

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