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Amazon's MMO New World Delayed Due to COVID-19

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New World is set to to be Amazon's big foray into video games, but due to the ongoing pandemic, the company will be waiting a few more months before it releases the game.  Originally scheduled for May, New World is now on track for August 25. 

"We know you are eagerly anticipating the launch of New World, and we’re excited to share it with you," read an update from Amazon Game Studios. "However, the health and safety of our team is our first priority. We hope you understand our decision to protect our team during these uncertain times while we re-focus on a timeline that will ensure New World is the best possible game it can be."

While the launch has been pushed from spring to summer, that doesn't mean nobody can play it until then. Alpha testing continues even today, with a closed beta now coming in July. You can sign up for that by pre-ordering or by logging in with your Amazon account. Those who take part in the clsoed beta will unlock in-game items at launch such as Isabella’s amulet, the Fist Bump emote, a guild crest set, and a unique title.

Not a whole lot is known about the game's original fantasy universe, but according to the website, your standard good versus evil battle is the backdrop to the MMO.

Fate has summoned you to the shores of Aeternum, the Eternal Isle. Overcome the brutal legions of The Corrupted and draw battle lines with competing players in this land of danger and opportunity. In a land hell-bent on your destruction, what will you do to survive? Strike out alone to forge your own heroic path, or band together, fortify, and fight.

New World will be exclusive to PC when the game launches later this year on August 25.

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