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New World

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Amazon Game Studios
Release Date: Aug. 31, 2021

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'New World' Introduces The Amrine Excavation - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 11, 2021 @ 10:02 a.m. PDT

New World is a massively multiplayer online game set in an alternate reality version of the 17th century’s Age of Exploration.

In New World, players are pitted against the haunted wilderness of a mysterious island known as Aeternum. Success in New World depends on players’ ability to conquer not only companies of rival players, but the dark soul of Aeternum itself, as it unleashes undead legions, hell-bent on purging them from its shores. In its unsettled state, Aeternum is open and chaotic, but rich in opportunity for soldiers, explorers, artisans, and empire-builders.

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.

Massive battles set New World apart, with fortress sieges against other players and supernatural invasions, featuring 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. 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. 

The latest video shows off a five player dungeon that takes place in a notorious dig site where a famed archaeologist and his team were last seen alive. Players must venture into the depths of this troubled dig site to discover what happened with the Ancient technology they unearthed. 

Expeditions are five-player instanced dungeons that will take players to the darkest corners of Aeternum. There, your party will face dire threats, learn more about the source of Corruption, expose the Angry Earth’s ulterior motives, reveal the deeper menace behind the Lost, and delve into the secrets of the ancient Guardians. Players can expect challenging battles which require skill and team coordination to complete. With the release of the Amrine Excavation and the Garden of Genesis, we wanted to share our vision for Expeditions in New World and the lore behind both of these experiences.

Expeditions can be characterized by three main pillars:

Attainable Social Experience

Expeditions require a group of three to five players for completion, and we are actively balancing Expeditions against five players of the recommended level. We want players to form groups to take part in a cooperative piece of content, where they will need to use teamwork to overcome challenges, solve puzzles, and battle monstrous bosses.

New PvE Experience

The mechanics, bosses, and special loot unique to Expeditions will have value on their own and provide a change of pace from the other activities you can experience in the open world.

Unique and Engaging

Each Expedition will tell it’s own story and be a unique experience. We want to reward players putting in effort and taking part in each Expedition with pieces of loot and gear unique to that experience to incentivize exploring and conquering the various Expeditions spread throughout Aeternum. Instead of just increasing the enemy difficulty in successive Expeditions, the mechanics and puzzles are going to vary. For example, AI sets for bosses and mini-bosses will differ, and loot tables will be unique for each Expedition.

Amrine Excavation

The Amrine Excavation is a dig site just west of Amrine temple, where famed archeologist Simon Grey and his team have been missing for some time. It’s up to players to venture into the depths of this troubled dig site to uncover their fate and discover what happened with the Ancient technology they unearthed.

With a level 25 requirement, the Amrine Excavation is meant to be an introductory experience to Expeditions. Players will find that the mechanics of the puzzles difficulty and AI are scaled accordingly.

Garden of Genesis

In Edengrove, Survivalist Ellwood has discovered a garden where the Angry Earth are born. Like the rest of Edengrove, the garden has been infected with a mysterious Blight. If allowed to spread, the Blight will continue leech out of the Garden and threaten the inhabitants of Aeternum. Players must face the Garden’s protectors in order to penetrate to the nursery’s primordial heart, purge the Blight, and begin the Garden’s restoration.

As an an end-game Expedition intended for level 60 players, the Garden of Genesis will serve as a more challenging experience. With these higher level Expeditions, players can expect to solve different types of puzzles, fight varying AI, and more have even more challenging experiences.

Looking Ahead

We’re excited to have released the Amrine Excavation and Garden of Genesis Expeditions in the Alpha! Data from the Alpha test as well as the feedback from the testers themselves will be studied closely and tuning will be done to the systems as we introduce more Expeditions to New World. As we continue development, we’ll keep you updated on our social channels and website with future content.

Key Features:

  • FIGHT THE WORLD: Under the surface of Aeternum’s breathtaking landscape lay the seeds of an ancient evil that plots to erase all traces of humanity from its shores. Warriors of bygone ages, doomed adventurers, and creatures of legend have all succumbed to its corruption. It must be stopped.
  • A CALL TO ARMS: Combine skill and strength in melee combat, attack at range with precision, or master arcane attacks. However you choose to fight, you’ll need to forge, discover, and customize powerful weapons to fit your combat style. In epic wars with other players or holding back waves of The Corrupted, your combat skills will mean the difference between life and death.
  • STRONGER TOGETHER: Unite players with in-game social systems that power organization, hierarchy, and command and control of formidable in-game Companies. Venture out with your own intrepid party to battle The Corrupted or to seize the land and treasure of your enemies. A thriving Company consists of master craftsmen, fearless soldiers, guileful traders, and strong leaders. Where do your strengths lie?
  • TAME THE WILDERNESS: As you explore Aeternum, you will discover beauty, danger, and opportunity at every turn. Bend the wilds to your will by hunting fierce beasts for food and crafting materials and harvesting valuable resources from the land to fuel your ascent to power. Leverage geographic advantages to control rare resources to accelerate the growth of your territory.

Pre-order New World here. Players who pre-order New World will receive Isabella’s amulet, the Fist Bump emote, a guild crest set, and the Expedition One unique title, plus access to Closed Beta.

New World is scheduled for release on August 31, 2021.

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