If I wanted to chart out the bouncy rollercoaster of opinion that I’ve had on Amazon’s New World since its first announcement, it would show you that my feelings toward it have been all over the place.
Initially, I was stoked to see Amazon enter the MMORPG market and bring big guns and big budget to bear on a project. I also really liked the idea of an MMO set in a fictionalized version of the Age of Discovery, giving us a blend of muskets, magic, and maces. But then I soured on the whole thing when I saw how hardcore they were pushing PvP and how ludicrously soon the studio expected to push the product out the door.
But then they delayed and decided that PvP-only wasn’t the way to go, so a complete game revamp started to happen. Syp’s mood and opinion of the project increases. Some of the dev blogs look promising (hype up) and some look painfully generic (hype down). Then Amazon does a huge delay until 2021 (major mood sinker), which is not usually a good sign for an MMORPG.
Except that in this case, it looks like it is a good sign. From reports coming in, including the no-NDA-attached test this past week, New World is actually shaping up to be a good MMO. It just needs more time to develop features and flesh out content, which is understandable considering how greatly the game’s changed in the past year.
So now in my internal rankings of MMO projects in development, New World has bubbled up near to the top. It seems like it has a lot of necessary pieces in place for a solid launch, and with another six or so months of development, this could get off on the right foot.
So yeah, New World, I’ll be waiting for you in 2021. I would love nothing more to see a big budget MMORPG launch to good reviews and an enthusiastic community, because I think a lot of us are very hungry to see just that happen.