Postponements, cancellations …. Amazon’s fate in video games seemed complicated. But that was before this week when, unbelievably, his MMO became very popular.
New World managed to attract more than a million players on the day of its launch, this Tuesday, September 28, Amazon revealed a few hours ago. The shared press release returns to this figure which confirms a certain enthusiasm for this MMO, not without surprise. It is recalled that more than 700,000 players were connected simultaneously, which made it the most launch of the year on Steam. And that this effervescence has generated technical problems and the impossibility of joining the adventure. Hence the rapid opening of new servers. Imagine if everything had been planned …
Here is the message from the development team:
It has been a week of incredible growth for the New World community. The demand we have seen has been staggering and we continue to be affected by the number of players who want to explore Aeternum together. While our aspiration was certainly to welcome massive numbers of players into the game during launch week, we were frankly surprised at the number of adventurers stranded on the shores of Aeternum. Over a million players entered New World on launch day. Every day after launch, that number has grown, resulting in long lines for some of our most popular worlds.
Since our launch on Tuesday, we have more than doubled the number of servers and are working to increase the capacity of all available servers to support a higher population cap. Our team has worked tirelessly to add as many servers as possible and will continue to do so until we stabilize the wait times.
While we are doing this work, there are options to get into the game faster. If you are a first-time player, forty percent of our live servers have low or no wait times. We encourage you to research these servers and play. We’re also working hard on a feature that will allow you to transfer your characters to a different server, so if you pick one now just to get up and play, you can make a different choice later to play on a server with your friends. Our goal is to release this feature next week, once we’ve thoroughly tested and are sure it’s ready. Before its publication, we will provide detailed information on how the transfer process works. We know how important it is to be able to play with friends, so we put this feature high on our priority list.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you at Aeternum.“
The demise of Breakaway, the setbacks of Crucible, released, back to Beta, then canceled, as well as the abandonment of the MMO The Lord of the Rings suddenly seem like a distant memory. We have to believe that the New World offer comes at the right time. Maybe the genre needed a little new blood, just to think of something other than World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV. Let’s see if it stabilizes and manages to have the same longevity.