New World Roadmap 2023: For their colonial fantasy MMO, New World, Amazon Game Studios has made a developer roundtable video(opens in new tab) and a 2023 roadmap(opens in new tab) available. Coming later this month, the Heart of Madness update for New World will include the Tempest Heart adventure, 3v3 PvP arenas, and increased PvP rewards in addition to the Blunderbuss weapon, which scales with Strength and Intelligence.
The majority of the Heart of Madness update is covered in the film, with a particular emphasis on Isabella, a character first met during the Dynasty Shipyard Expedition. The PvP modifications were not covered in great detail in the video; it will be interesting to watch how they play out in the actual game.
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Along with the release of an LFG tool for Expeditions and an unnamed Summer event, Summer will witness the addition of a second new expedition, the pirate-themed Barnacles and Black Powder.
The Biggest Additions Are Coming in Autumn:
The largest enhancements are scheduled to arrive in the autumn, right around New World’s first anniversary. With the addition of the Brimstone Sands region to the world map. Players will have access to the Greatsword, a brand-new weapon with its own moveset and ability tree. The Ennead Expedition, leaderboards, and the events Nightvale Hallow. Turkulon 2022 will also be included in the Autumn release.
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All of these appear to be positive additions to New World. But they don’t seem likely to address the fundamental problems mentioned by Fraser Brown. PC Gamer’s resident New World expert, in his reviews and 2023 state of the game article. Such as dwindling server populations and instability in the in-game economy.
World’s strengths in its PvP:
More server merges are still being advocated for in certain well-read posts. The game’s subreddit(opens in a new tab) in order to increase the contracted player base. Additionally, it appears like the emphasis on PvE Expeditions in 2023. Upgrades are not enhancing New World’s PvP or the player-driven economy. Which, despite flaws, still has a distinctive appeal. New World may still be having trouble finding the groove that certain long-running mid-tier MMOs like Guild Wars 2 or Star Wars: The Old Republic have managed to achieve after a strong debut (the biggest in terms of concurrent players for a game on Steam in 2021).
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