Why Amazon delayed New World again

Amazon recently took to Twitter to announce that its fantasy MMO has been delayed, yet again, due to the feedback it received during the closed beta phase.

Less than one month before it was set to launch, the fantasy massively multiplayer online (MMO), New Word, has been delayed again. Amazon announced on Wednesday, 4 August 2021, that based on feedback received during the recent closed beta phase, it has decided to take a little more time to tighten things up, and has now pushed the launch to the end of September 2021.

According to the Twitter post, the team will be making some improvements based on what players found in the beta phase, taking time to “smash bugs, improve stability, and polish the game.”

The post also stated, “This was not an easy decision to make. We know this is not the first time we have changed our launch date in pursuit of quality, and that it can be disappointing to wait a bit longer. But we want to be sure we deliver you the highest quality game at launch. We thank you for you support and feedback.”

The announcement has since been flooded with comments from some gamers expressing their disappointment, while others agree with the delay. One player stated, “Wow! Know to many people that took off for your game. They can not get that back nor move it to launch. In the month that you are delaying it, what are you going to get done? I was excited. I played alpha, preview and beta. Why not release and have hard patch in a month?”

The game was initially set to launch in May 2020, but was delayed to August 2020, then to “spring” 2021, then to 31 August 2021, and now the new launch date is scheduled for September 2021. However, the game is not the only Amazon title with a bumpy history.

Crucible went from launch, to closed beta, to eventually being cancelled across the span of a few months during 2020. The competitive fantasy brawler, Breakaway, was announced in 2016, before being cancelled in 2018. Pac-Man Live Studio, a version of Pac-Man designed to be played right on Twitch, was announced in May 2020 for a June 2020 release. However, the game is still in production and is not listed on Amazon Games’ website.

New World is now scheduled to launch on 28 September 2021.