Amazon Game Studio’s first-ever MMO New World has been in the news quite a bit, and not always for the best reasons. However, for better or worse, the game has been quite popular amongst PC gamers, and it seems now they will be getting some new content added to the game for the holiday season.
An Amazon Game Studio developer has teased that fans can expect some seasonal changes to the New World map, along with hints at a winter festival event. In an interview with PCGamesN, Scot Lane, New World Game Director, discussed the many seasonal plans they had for the game but said that he “can’t get into the specifics.”
I can say that winter is a great time for festivals. I think seasonal events are hugely important for MMOs and something we want to do for sure.Scot Lane, New World Game Director
No set date has been given when we can expect the map changes and the event to begin, but with Christmas so close at hand, it’s pretty safe to say we will be hearing more about it in the weeks to come.
With regards to updates to the game, New World got its first significant update, adding the Void Gauntlet weapon and much more. Along with the addition of the new weapon, the update also added extra enemies, a speed bonus for traveling using the roads, and other goodies.
But it seems this update has not been well-received by the fans. The reviews for New World on Steam have fallen to “mixed” within the last few weeks. A lot of the feedback criticizes the balance changes made in the previous patch. One review has described New World as a “buggy mess,” while another has said, “can’t believe I wasted so much time on this.”
Since release, there has been a slew of issues faced by the MMO, with the latest requiring the developers to disable gold transfers to keep away from a duplication exploit. Other issues included players using the in-game chat to send malicious code and images that could crash the game.
We’re hoping adding content like a Winter Festival will help bring back the many players who have abandoned New World due to all the issues they had been facing.
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.