When will New World be released?

The game was set to be released on 26 May, although that has now been delayed due to the coronavirus. In an official blog post, Amazon Game Studios revealed that the challenges posed by working remotely have meant it takes longer to finalise a game it is happy with.

It is now scheduled for release on 25 August 2020

Nonetheless, you can still pre-order it from Amazon now for £34.99, while a Deluxe edition is available for £43.99. Both versions are also available to pre-order on Steam

All digital versions will be delivered at midnight on release day.

If you can't wait that long, a closed beta will be available at some point, although this is unlikely to be April as was originally planned. You can sign up on the official website for a chance to play early, while pre-ordering will guarantee you access.

What platforms will New World be playable on?

New World will be exclusive to Windows among current-gen platforms, so you won't be able to play unless you have access to a PC running Microsoft's OS.

However, there are rumours that Amazon could be launching its own cloud gaming service before the end of 2020, and New World would likely be one of the flagship games on that service. We believe that the addition of a new cloud gaming service, currently codenamed Project Tempo, would only be a good thing for this emerging industry. 

Latest New World trailer

Here's the latest New World trailer, released at The Game Awards in December 2019.

What can we expect from New World?

New World is set in the mid-1600s, as players discover a fictional uninhabited land, based on the areas of America colonised by Britain. As a sandbox game, players will have plenty of freedom to roam and modify the environment as they please, including 

While there may be some inaccuracies, Amazon is aiming to faithfully recreate an unspoilt landscape from nearly four centuries ago in as much detail as possible. There's a huge range of characters to choose from, including farmers, soldiers or even lone wolves. Clothes and armor are fully customisable, although this aims to be in keeping with the time period. 

New World involves players both teaming up and competing against one another, While you may be working together to scavenge resources and build a settlement. These other players will now be considered your friends, and you will work together to defend the settlement from rival online players. There's also a clear emphasis on attacking other settlements, killing players to take their resources too. 

Solo gameplay can also be hugely challenging, as you battle a host of monsters and other players out to kill you. However, it remains to be seen how well this game will perform with dozens of players occupying the same map, with a number of promising titles in the past being exposed for their patchy online gameplay.

If you'd like to read more, read our full preview of the game