New World delayed again as Amazon MMO slips to August 2021

New World, the upcoming action MMO from Amazon Game Studios, has been delayed yet again. The developers have announced that the flagship Amazon title will now be launching on August 31st 2021, as opposed to their Spring 2021 release window.

The New World team cited the following reason for this latest delay, stating: “we considered this decision very carefully but need to take the time to add new features, tune, and polish. We are committed to delivering a high quality experience.”


Currently, the developers at Amazon Game Studios are refining the game’s systems while making sure New World has a diverse spread of endgame content. A closed beta will commence on July 20th 2021 for those who have pre-ordered New World.

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We’ve been dipping in and out of New World during its time in testing. We were recently invited to a preview session detailing the castle sieges PvP component of the game. Here are some of our thoughts on the MMO:

Amazon have a lot riding on New World and it’s clear they aren’t keen to rush this game out of the door any time soon. Originally planned for May 2020, then pushed back to August, it will now be launching early next year. From what we’ve played, there’s a mix of experimental design choices at play here backed by the kind of polish you’d expect from a AAA game. The persistent game world and player-run settlements are what fascinate us most though we’ve yet to really gel with how New World plays. It’s perhaps too limited in the combat options it gives you for individual weapons, relying on players to juggle every tool in their arsenal in order to keep battles (both PvP and PvE) feeling fresh and dynamic.

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Source: Press Release

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