Amazon's New World Closed Beta Begins July 23, Full Launch on August 25

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Amazon's upcoming sandbox MMO New World is launching into closed beta on July 23, 2020 and full launch is a month after that on August 25. To celebrate the occasion, the company released a new gameplay trailer showing off combat in New World:

Amazon's previous game, Crucible, which launched in late May is already losing players quickly. The game hit 10,600 peak concurrent users on Steam at launch and is now down to a 24 hour peak of 627. Crucible seems to a total flop already and unless they can turn things around, it'll likely shut down soon. New World seems to be a higher budget title and expectations are a bit higher as well.

New World is an Open World MMO that pits players against the haunted wilderness of Aeternum, a mysterious island during the twilight of the Age of Exploration. Success in New World ultimately depends on a player’s ability to conquer not only rival players, but Aeternum itself as it unleashes undead legions, hell-bent on purging them from its shores.

Massive battles set New World apart, with fortress sieges against other players and supernatural invasions that feature up to 100 players on the battlefield at once. Combat in New World is visceral and skill-based, giving players direct control over their movements and attacks. Aeternum is rife with danger and conflict, but rich in opportunity for soldiers, explorers, artisans and empire-builders. Players can band together to form powerful Companies operating out of fortified strongholds, or play alone and acquire and customize their own homes as they contribute to the growth of the larger community around them. New World provides near-limitless play, with classless character progression, social systems, and rich crafting mechanics.

New World is available to pre-order on the game's Steam page for $39.99