Amazon Games’ track record with video games hasn’t been the most praiseworthy since its inception in 2012, with five promising and big-name titles, including third-person-shooter Crucible and even a Lord of the Rings MMO being cancelled — but the company’s stigma when it comes to gaming endeavors may be diminishing with its latest offering: New World.
Amazon’s New World MMO surpassed 200,856 concurrent players on Steam on July 25th (according to SteamDB), which placed it in the top ten most popular games on Valve’s popular gaming digital distribution service. The feat is made even more impressive by the fact that New World is still in its beta stage, one which will run until August 2nd. Since its launch on July 20th, New World has drawn over 148,000 concurrent players on Steam every day it has been available.
New World has also been popular on the Amazon-owned Twitch streaming platform, with myriad livestreams focused on the game’s beta, as well as over 138,000 followers and over 114,000 viewers.
Amazon’s New World MMO is an open-world game which puts players into the roles of adventurers shipwrecked on the mysterious, supernatural island of Aeternum. Per the description on the official New World website, there will be “[e]ndless opportunities to fight, forage, and forge await you among the island’s wilderness and ruins. Channel supernatural forces or wield deadly weapons in a classless, real-time combat system, and fight alone, with a small team, or in massed armies for PvE and PvP battles—the choices are all yours.”
New World players will be able to choose from three different factions, including the Marauders, a ruthless military organization; the Syndicate, whose enigmatic members work from the shadows and “use their boundless guile and intellect in pursuit of forbidden knowledge”; and the Covenant, divine champions who battle for justice according to the coda of their divine light, the Spark.
New World will also feature 5-man instanced dungeons called Expeditions; a max-level instanced PvPvE game mode called Outpost Rush, where teams of 20 players from opposing factions battle over fortifications and resources; group combat raids called Invasions, wherein “the twisted armies of Aeternum will occasionally muster their forces to make an assault on a player-controlled territory. These Invasions call for groups of 50 max-level players to rally together and fight off the attacking waves of monsters”; and a group combat mode called War, which will feature epic siege warfare on a massive scale, with over 100 players doing battle from opposing factions doing battle at once.
Are you surprised that Amazon’s thrice-delayed New World MMO surpassed over 200,000 concurrent players on Steam? Do you think New World could be the catalyst to finally help Amazon’s gaming division finallly turn the corner? Or will it be a one-hit wonder (if that)? Let us know in the comments.