New World has been in the news quite a bit off-late, and not for always the best reasons. Even with all the problems, the game is looking to become the next serious contender amongst the bigger MMOs hitting the markets soon. As the game is now out of the early stages, Amazon has announced the New World Public Test Realm.
This is a practice quite common with MMOs. The Public Test Realm (PTR) is a set of early access servers that give developers the chance to test new additions and receive feedback on those features before they are added to the whole game. The announcement from Amazon reads,
Between our internal testing efforts and your feedback, we hope to catch and resolve all serious issues before they reach the live servers. Hundreds of changes have been made, and the full release notes will be shared on release day.Amazon Games
The PTR will give players the ability to level to specific ranges instantly and offer the appropriate gear. Everyone who owns the game on Steam will be able to access the PTR. The New World Public Test Realm application will become available in everyone’s Steam library by EOD, and the servers will open by 7 PM UTC.
When the test period is complete, and the main New World game is updated with the previewed content, all worlds will shut down and be wiped clean. You will still see the New World PTR application in your Steam library, but there will not be active servers until the next time we announce a test.Amazon Games
The developers are looking for feedback on some new additions in particular, including the new Void Gauntlet weapon (DPS/support hybrid weapon with “an arsenal of buffs and debuffs”), the Varangian Raiders (a new enemy faction), a list of new low-level creatures (“Withered Swarmancer, Beetle, the Lost Shaman, Pirate Alligator, Ancient Guardian Pyromancer, and enhanced Corrupted Laborers!”), and a brand new Legendary Weapon Quest series.
The main storyline quests have also been tweaked with “new task types and quest variants, including wave events, destructible objects, and proximity nodes for tracking.”
Three new PvP Faction Mission types will also be added:
- Control Points, requiring capturing of forts
- Intercept, an enemy elimination mission where you will “collect their tears”
- War Camp loot, where you will need to steal plans from an enemy camp
The ‘poach’ missions have also been removed (probably because of some gathering PvP missions that had very little to do with PvP), and “almost all” PvP missions now depend on death rather than forfeit.
As for the economists, some changes are coming to Trading Posts.
All Trading Posts have been linked and are now unified! You can buy and sell the same results from any Trading Post in the world. Fees for Buy and Sell Orders are defined by the Settlement that you’re posting from. Additionally, Transaction Taxes on purchases you make are defined by the Settlement in which you are making the purchase. Items listed in Sell Orders that expire return to the Settlement from which they were posted.Amazon Games
Amazon Games hasn’t yet put a timeframe on when the PTR features will be added into the game but have emphasized that everything present is complete and “in their final phase of testing and bug fixing.”
About New World
New World is an upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) by Amazon Games set to be released on August 31, 2021. The game was previously scheduled to release in May 2020 but was delayed to its current date.
Set in the mid-1600s, players colonize a fictional land known as Aeternum Island, modeled after North and South Americas in the Atlantic Ocean. The game will be using a buy-to-play business model, meaning there will be no monthly subscription fee.