First Crucible, now New World: Amazon delays another tentpole game after early feedback

Amazon has delayed its upcoming open-world MMO New World, considered one of two tentpole video games from its burgeoning video games studio, from August 25th to an undefined spring 2021 date. The announcement comes lower than two weeks after Amazon introduced its different tentpole game, the free-to-play shooter Crucible, again into closed beta following barely a month of huge availability. It feels like Amazon could also be taking a extra cautious strategy to game growth after early feedback from testers that the video games weren’t fairly what they hoped.

The New World group desires so as to add “more features and content before we share it with a wider audience,” together with “plenty of middle and endgame experiences,” studio director Rich Lawrence mentioned in a weblog put up that was additionally shared on Twitter. “We want our players to feel completely immersed in the game, and know that our studio stands for quality and lasting gameplay you can trust — and that means added time to get things where we want them before we fully release.”

Though most of us should wait till subsequent 12 months to strive New World, there’s nonetheless an early entry alternative: in case you signed up for the beta on or earlier than July ninth, already preordered the game, or are a present alpha tester “in good standing,” you’ll be capable to take part in a “first-hand take a look at New World” starting on the game’s beforehand scheduled launch date, August 25th, in keeping with an FAQ on the New World website.

If you get entry to that first look, you’ll be capable to play the game “in its current state” and for “a limited period of time,” in keeping with Lawrence.

New World’s delay (which is the game’s second) leaves Amazon Games with only one different title that would possibly be releasing within the close to time period: Pac-Man Live Studio, a brand new model of Pac-Man that you just’ll be capable to play instantly on Twitch, which is owned by Amazon. Bandai Namco and Amazon Games introduced in May that the game can be obtainable in June, however it’s nonetheless not out but, and the game’s web site now says that it’s “coming soon.”

And we’re additionally unsure when Crucible shall be broadly obtainable once more now that it has returned to closed beta. That game, which mixes pieces of cell on-line battle arenas (MOBA) and hero shooters, initially launched in late May. But in early June, Amazon pulled two of the game’s three modes, leaving solely its MOBA-inspired mode, after which returned the launched game to closed beta on July 1st to make extra enhancements.

In June 2019, Amazon laid off “dozens” of builders from Amazon Games as a part of a reorganization. And in 2018, it canceled fantasy sports activities game Breakaway, another tentpole title, which Amazon first introduced in 2016 however took again to the drafting board in October 2017 earlier than outright canceling it.

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