New World, the upcoming action MMO from Amazon Game Studios, has been delayed for a fourth time.
Those wanting to explore New World’s colonial open world sandbox will now have to wait until September 28th, 2021. It was meant to launch at the end of this month, on August 31st, but had been previously delayed twice before.
This latest update comes after Amazon received player feedback from the recent beta. This attracted over a million users, they say, totalling more than 16 million hours. New World witnessed a spike in exposure, becoming one of the most-watch games on Twitch for a time.
However, Amazon Game Studios say there is still work to be done. Here’s the official statement, explaining why it was delayed:
The passion and enthusiasm you’ve shown for New World validates the work we’ve put in over the past year, improving the game based on your feedback. Along the way, you’ve also given us a ton of feedback that we’ll use to make New World even better. We want New World’s launch to be a smooth and fun experience for all players and that means making some improvements based on what you encountered during closed beta. So we’re going to take a few extra weeks to smash bugs, improve stability, and polish the game.
While it’s frustrating for those who have been eagerly waiting to play, Amazon want to avoid another Crucible situation. Their ambitious competitive shooter has some interesting ideas and clever character designs. However, it felt undercooked and didn’t have enough variety to keep players coming back. As a result, community support quickly dried up and Amazon were forced to pull the plug in November.
Having played New World during one of the recent beta tests it certainly has potential.