Amazon's New World invasion screenshot

[Update #2]: New World has been delayed yet again, this time until September 28, 2021.

[Update]: Amazon has canceled their Lord of the Rings themed MMORPG.

Amazon's New World MMO has already been delayed time and time again, and so it should come as little surprise to hear that its release date has recently been pushed back yet again. Instead of launching in spring as previously announced, New World will be going live on August 31, 2021.

The reason, much like last time, is to ensure everything is fully completed and polished to a mirror sheen before the floodgates open and tens of thousands of players storm the servers. While personally the delays are getting a bit annoying at this point, it's definitely still the correct move given that new MMOs these days have to be stellar right out of the gate or they'll never get the momentum needed in order to carry on.

"We’ve been hard at work on compelling end-game features we believe are important to include at launch," elaborates the update. "These features won’t be ready for the Spring timeframe that we had communicated. With that in mind, we will release New World on August 31, 2021. With this extra time we’ll be able to add these substantial improvements while polishing and fine tuning the whole game before we open Aeternum’s shores to the world."

That said, if you would like to give New World a try ahead of time and also help the developers by offering some much needed feedback, you might be interested to hear that the Closed Beta Test will be launching on July 20, 2021. The only catch is that you will have to pre-order New World in order to get in, so whether the risk is worth it or not, that I'll leave for you to decide.

Once the beta is ready to go I'll make sure to let you know. Until then, you can read a little bit more about New World's quest design in the most recent developer blog post.