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New World

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Amazon Game Studios
Release Date: Sept. 28, 2021

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'New World' Season 5 Will Add Finale of the Main Storyline Quest, New Season Pass, Events and More In March

by Rainier on Feb. 12, 2024 @ 2:24 p.m. PST

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.

Amazon Games announced Season 5 of New World, Season of the Guardian, launching on March 12, 2024.

Season 5 will unveil the long-awaited conclusion to the Main Storyline Quest, alongside a challenging new Season Trial, thrilling events, eight new Artifacts and more. Additionally, players can pick up a new season pass to take part in the Season of the Guardian journey and explore additional content within Aeternum.

New World players who own the Rise of the Angry Earth expansion can look forward to several exciting additions with the release of Season 5, including:

  • New Season Trial: Season of the Guardian releases with an action-packed new Season Trial: Winter Rune Forge. Players skilled enough to complete the trial can join up to 10 max-level players and rally together to overcome Rune puzzles, slay an Icey Construct and more to yield exclusive rewards.
  • New Artifacts: Eight new artifacts will be obtainable throughout the Season of the Guardian to redefine your playstyle. Stun your enemies with the Poison Tipped Venom Spear, become invulnerable with the Phoenix Amulet and more.  

All New World players can take part in new seasonal events and opportunities, including: 

  • New Season Pass: A new Season Journey releases alongside a new Activity Card, new Challenges and new rewards including cosmetics and consumables. 
  • Springtide Bloom: The Time of Awakening has arrived once again, calling its children to share an ancient secret capable of granting true freedom. Help Bloom Herald unravel the mysteries of the ethereal Wispybloom and color Springtide’s seasonal rewards. 
  • Rabbit’s Revenge: The plague of rabbits has returned once again to New World and are more perilous than ever. Help cull the plague for unique event rewards and watch out for explosions as you hunt.
  • Gamepad Support: Players who prefer to venture forth equipped with their favorite game controller in hand can look forward to the upcoming release of controller support for New World. 

Season of the Guardian

Greetings, Adventurers!

Survive the Winter Rune Forge, master Cooking Trade Skill changes, experience the updated Shattered Mountain main story quest, and play with a controller when Season of the Guardian releases on March 12. There are also new combat optimizations for smoother combat in PvP modes like Wars. Check out the next PTR for an early preview of our latest features.

Join the Development Team for an in-depth breakdown of Season of the Guardian:


The Winter Rune Forge, new Artifacts, Mounts in Outpost Rush, some Journey tasks, and a few of the Challenges will all require Rise of the Angry Earth to experience.


Join up to 10 max-level players in a bone-chilling gauntlet of increasingly difficult enemies. This Seasonal Trial requires teamwork to overcome Rune puzzles, slay an Icey Construct, and fell an Ancient Ice Guardian for unique rewards.


Grab 8 new Artifacts that excel through unique playstyles. Here are some of their key traits:

  • Sin - Hatchet
    • Corruption: Debuffs last 25% longer. (Works on both weapons)
    • Defile: Deals 2% more damage per debuff on target. (5 stacks max)
  • Venom - Spear
    • Poison Tipped: Heavy attacks with either weapon cause poison dealing 20% weapon damage for 5s.
  • Tempest Fury - Great Axe
    • Momentum: Successful attacks gain 3% movement speed for 3s. (Works on both weapons and stacks 10 times).
  • Nature’s Wrath - Medium Chestwear
    • Nature’s Blessing: Empower expires 200% faster but you deal 20% more damage.
  • Gilli’s Gravity Gauntlets - Heavy Glove
    • Whenever you take damage, gain a charge that increases the damage of your next attack by 3% (max 10 charges).
  • Ironheart - Heavy Legwear
    • When not in heavy loadout, gain 20% more max health.
  • Creed Boots - Light Footwear
    • Ambush: Deal 15% more damage and 25% critical chance as long as you haven’t hit the target within 20s.
  • Phoenix - Amulet
    • Phoenix Revival: When you receive lethal damage, avoid death and become invulnerable for 2s (180s cooldown)


Season of the Guardian introduces a new Season Journey, new Activity Card, new Challenges, and new rewards including cosmetics and consumables.


Look forward to ingredient updates, revamped Cooking progression, Legendary Fish recipe tweaks, the removal of split attribute food, and more. We’ll have additional details to share in a future Deep Dive article.


We’ve upgraded our old combat and animation system to improve performance in high traffic areas with many players like Wars and OPR. This new system will also make it easier to improve on our combat going forward. We’ve done our best to keep the feel of the game the same or better, but would definitely like to hear about things that don’t feel right after the upgrade.


Controller support is coming to New World! Select from two pre-set controller layouts to make your New World experience even more immersive. As part of optimizing the game to play well with controller, we've introduced the following new features and settings:

  • Aim Assist: Helps with aiming ranged attacks. (Controller only, AI only)
  • Target Friction: Slower reticle speed on roll over of a valid target (Controller only)
  • Enemy Target Lock: Allows you to lock the camera onto an enemy (AI only). Move the right stick to swap between multiple targets. (Works on both controller and mouse & keyboard with middle mouse button and mouse wheel up/down)
  • Freeform Movement: Allows running in all directions including towards the camera. Holding block or activating target lock will revert to normal strafe navigation. (Defaults to ON with controller, OFF with mouse & keyboard)
  • Use Camera Direction for Melee Attacks: If this is off it allows melee attacks and blocking in the direction of your input/character facing instead of your camera facing. (Defaults to OFF with controller, ON with mouse & keyboard)
  • Improved feature accessibility:
    • Radial wheel for quick access to features like player emotes, issuing commands and setting up camp.
    • Shift modifiers to allow for quick access to all combat abilities.
    • Improved UX navigation with gamepad for faster actions.


The entire New World main story quest is now fully updated based on player feedback and improvements made to the revamped starting experience. Experience fresh narratives, more quest variety, and a few new surprises as you put an end to Isabella’s campaign of corruption.


Ride your favorite mount into battle, gain control of fortifications and resources, and strike down foes in this 20v20 game mode for Level 60+ players.



The plague of rabbits has returned once again, only now, they are more perilous than ever. Watch out for explosions as you hunt for event-specific loot.


The Time of Awakening has arrived. Springtide Bloom calls its children to share an ancient secret capable of granting true freedom. Help the enigmatic Bloom Herald unravel the mysteries of the ethereal Wispybloom and collect Springtide's fertile bounty of event-specific rewards. Harvest with caution, as swarms of vile Wispy Wasps guard the blooms with fury!


The Public Test Realm (PTR) is a limited-availability server-set that grants an early look at upcoming features. These preview builds are snapshots of upcoming major releases and are not final versions — you may encounter bugs, crashes, missing text, or other issues. Between our internal testing efforts and your reports, we hope to catch and resolve all serious issues before they reach the live servers. Hundreds of changes have already been made — with more to come — and the full release notes will be shared on release day. However, not every bug or feedback piece will be actioned on before release — some changes need time to be investigated further, and may arrive in a subsequent patch or two.

To help with the feedback process, all newly created PTR characters will have the opportunity to instantly level to select level-ranges outfitted with appropriate gear and items.

The PTR will officially open on February 14. If you encounter a bug, exploit, or have suggestions to improve a feature or piece of content, we’d love to hear your feedback on our Discord (you can also utilize our in-game feedback tool). We will do our best to address as much of your feedback as possible before the content update makes its way to our live servers. Your participation will help us to deliver awesome content and updates in the future!

During this iteration of the PTR, we look forward to hearing your playtest feedback on the following changes:

  • Winter Rune Forge
  • Season 5 Artifacts
  • Main Story Quest Update
  • Controller Support
  • Upgraded Combat & Animation System
  • Weapon Balance Updates
  • Mounts in Outpost Rush
  • Season 5 Rewards Track
  • Cooking Trade Skill changes
  • Springtide Bloom

This content will be tested in rolling waves. Stay tuned to our Social channels and Discord for the full schedule.


This special preview client will be made available for download through the stand-alone Steam application, “New World Public Test Realm” (which should already be in your Steam library if you own the main game). When the test period is complete and the main New World game is updated with the previewed content, the PTR world will shut down and may be wiped clean. You will continue to see the New World PTR application in your Steam library, but there will not be an active server until the next time we announce a public test.


Upon character creation on the PTR, players will be given multiple caches of special armor and weapons. Each cache has a designation based upon a general build and a main attribute: CON, DEX, INT, FOC, and STR.

To help manage the sudden onset of new items, do not open all provided caches at once, or you’ll risk becoming encumbered! Instead, equip all provided bags and then follow-up with opening each cache deliberately. Any undesired caches can be dropped or deposited into your personal settlement storage.



Everyone with a copy of New World will be automatically granted access to the secondary PTR app. The PTR is not compatible with the live game, so you will need to download a separate client (and have the hard drive space required to support it). From there, we will have special worlds available within supported regions. Not all regions will initially be supported. Access is on a first come, first served basis. There may be queues.


Unfortunately, no. These are separate ecosystems, so at this time it is not possible. However, to make testing easier, we will occasionally provide our play-testers with special accommodations such as instant levels, special gear, etc.


Preview game builds on the PTR are finished with their core development and are in their final phase of testing and bug fixing. Our main focus at this phase is improving quality, although we will appreciate any feedback you have to share.


Our policies and Code of Conduct cover the PTR, and in-game moderation will continue to be supported. Unfortunately, due to the temporary and potentially unstable nature of the PTR, general Customer Service assistance through both Live Chat and through the Support Website will not be available.


Don’t worry, no offense taken. Players can manage visibility of the New World Public Test Realm Steam Library entry. Opening up the game options (right-click > Manage) offers the “Hide Game” function.

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.

New World is available on PC ( or Steam) for $39.99 ($49.99 for the Deluxe Edition)

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