New World is Steam’s biggest launch this year

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Amazon’s MMO, New World just launched on Steam, after numerous delays. New World is Amazon’s second shot at video games after the downfall of Crucible, a free-to-play PvP shooter with PvE elements that was canceled last year.

With over 200,000+ participants in the game’s closed and open beta, which was also known for killing high-end graphics cards, it is no surprise that New World has gained a lot of popularity recently. The game requires a one-time purchase unlike a monthly as seen in WoW or Final Fantasy XIV Online and has taken a sandbox approach to the MMO genre as it focuses on exploration, settlement building, and resource collection.

With New World’s NA, EU, and Australian servers being live, the game has over 710,000+ players on Steam, breaking Valheim’s record of 498,478 all-time peak concurrent players, making New World this year’s biggest release on Steam, which is also affecting player experience by throwing new players into long queues while the ones in-game are facing server issues.

“We understand that some players are experiencing lengthy queue times and we are working hard on a few things to help address these issues. We are continuing to stand up additional servers and will expand the capacity of our existing servers once we have properly tested these changes,”  Amazon Games stated in their blog post in an effort to control the overwhelming player queue. “Our sole focus right now is to get everyone logging in and playing quickly. To ensure everyone can find an open world now, while also finding a home in Aeternum with their community long-term, we’ll offer an opportunity in the next two weeks for all players to relocate their characters to a new server of their choice at no cost. We appreciate your patience as the New World community grows and encourage you to solidify your long-term server plans for you and your Company.”

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