New World reached the top of the Steam’s player charts in during its first weekend, beating out the platform’s largest multiplayer giants.
New World reached the top of the Steam’s player charts in during its first weekend, beating out multiplayer giants Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. New World is Amazon Game Studios’ new MMORPG where players find themselves shipwrecked on an uncharted island rife with supernatural forces. The game heavily borrows from mid-seventeenth century aesthetics as inspiration for its locales. Prior to its release, it had a successful beta in June, reaching over 190,000 concurrent New World players in its first day.
When New World‘s beta hit Steam during the summer, many players were quick to criticize the game’s lack of polish, such as server instability or causing high-end GPUs to brick. While technical problems are par for the course in any beta, Amazon Game Studios aptly responded by pushing the game’s release date back a near full month to focus on the aforementioned polish needed. In the face of these setbacks and delays, this doesn’t appear to have deterred players from buying the game on release, nor has it tarnished its reputation: the new MMORPG is so popular that the developers have locked players out of creating characters on crowded New World servers.