How the New World of Amazon Games is breaking the MMO mold

When you think of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (or MMORPG, if you prefer), you probably imagine a handful of common and shared traits – huge fantasy worlds, strict class systems, dedicated PvP zones, and more. . . The MMO formula as it is is quite popular, so it’s no surprise that it hasn’t changed much over the years.

But New World, Amazon Games’ new MMO launched on August 31, 2021, breaks with the traditions of the genre in an interesting way. It won’t be a completely foreign experience for MMO fans, but it will bring some bold ideas to the genre that may well change the future of MMOs.

Best of all, the game’s closed beta period just went live earlier today (July 20). You can guarantee your spot by pre-ordering on Steam or registering on the website to give yourself a chance to choose at random. But before you rush out to do it, allow us to whet your appetite with some of the ways New World is breaking the MMO mold.

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The class is rejected

You know how it goes – you’ve been playing an MMO for 200 hours as a warrior, and now you want to play with magic for a while. Except that in order to do that, you have to create a whole new character and leave behind the avatar that has become an extension of yourself.

This is not the case in the New World. You will not be asked to choose a course when you fail on the shores of Aeternum. Instead, you’re free to use whatever weapons and armor you want, whenever you want. You can equip a longsword for close combat and a musket on the back for ranged attacks. If you are a strict ranged fighter, you can wield a bow while casting magic with a staff or gauntlet. Heck, you can jump into battle with two war hammers strapped to your back if that’s what makes your boat float.

You can improve your proficiency with each weapon by defeating enemies with them, unlocking new skills and abilities as you go. And if you are maxing out your sword stats and suddenly want to become a caster, there’s nothing stopping you from completely giving up your old path, but keeping the same character. The choice is yours.

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Attack, defense, dodge

No matter what weapon you use, combat in New World is far more complex than just clicking on your chosen target and watching your character slowly deal damage. You have to take an active role in the battles if you want to survive there.

You can swing your melee weapon, building simple combos together before using a serious damage ability. You can also block incoming attacks – as long as you have the stamina to do so – or dodge the roll if the attack seems particularly deadly.

Ranged fighters will have to aim right, as there is no enemy lockdown here – but if you hit your enemy in the head, expect critical damage for your problem. If they have a head, that’s fine.

PvP is everywhere

In New World, you will join one of three factions: the Syndicate, the Marauders or the Covenant. Each of these factions vie for control of the different regions of Aeternum, and you can help them gain the upper hand by completing PvP quests and battles under the banner of your chosen groups.

Whether you want to help their efforts by collecting deer skins or engage in a full-fledged war in a fort to assert dominance over an enemy faction, there is plenty of PvP action wherever you go. There are no dedicated PvP areas, so if you’re on the hunt for your faction, you’re wide open to attacks from anyone in another faction wherever you are in the world. But if you’d rather focus only on PvE, you can easily turn off PvP in any colony and venture out into the world safe from the swords and bows of fellow players.

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Make your mark on the world

Whether you want to engage in the struggle for the power of Aeternum or not, there are still many ways to make your mark on the world. For starters, you’ll gain Territory Status whenever you complete quests in a region, which will earn you additional bonuses while in the region. It’s up to you which upgrades you choose: do you need more storage space in Everfall, or maybe an XP boost in Weaver’s Fen? It’s yours.

Gain enough space in a territory and you can buy a property there. Once you’ve bought yourself a nice home, you can start making your own furniture to really put your own mark on the place. You can fill it with a hundred shelves if you really want to, as long as you have the necessary skills and materials.

This is because you can craft whatever you need to survive in Aeternum on map workstations and customize your items to earn bonuses that are simply not available when you extract something from an item chest. . And if you’re ready to leave your favorite coat, you can sell it at the trading post to another adventurer.

So now you have a taste of what New World brings to the MMO genre. Want to start your own adventure? Find out how you can participate in the just launched Closed Beta and get ready for the full launch of New World on August 31. Aeternum is waiting for you!

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