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Autumn Sale - New World is Now 50% OffNov 22, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsGreetings, Adventurers! New World is now on sale for 50% off through Steam and Amazon until 10AM PST on November 29. Following the celebration of our one year anniversary, the Brimstone Sands Release, and Fresh Start Worlds, now is the best time to start your adventure in Aeternum. Here are some tips for you to get started, learn more about major updates and events, and see what’s next. NEW PLAYER GUIDE https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/6ahlQdVIPza2TeA91vpzvt/43fbfd42308a304b680a83b39e69a15e/NW_NewAndReturningPlayers_1920x1080_Web_CT-001158.jpg Want to learn more about New World? We joined BDLG and Redbyrd, the creators of Newworldfans.com, for insight into everything new players need to know. Check out our full interview for in-depth tips. FRESH START WORLDS New players looking for a launch like experience should join Fresh Start Worlds. These servers prevent all character, coin, and loot transfers, making them perfect for newcomers. View our FAQ for additional information. WHAT HAS CHANGED SINCE LAUNCH? The first 25 levels of the game have been completely overhauled based on player feedback. That means more unique points of interest, a wider variety of objectives, and enhanced storylines. There’s always something new to discover. MOST RECENT MAJOR UPDATE: BRIMSTONE SANDS RELEASE Newcomers can look forward to enjoying our largest release yet once they get closer to level 60. Brimstone Sands is a massive new zone featuring diverse new quests, ferocious foes like the giant sandworm, and memorable landmarks like the Ennead, plus even more of Aeternum’s secrets are just waiting to be uncovered. You never know what you’ll find next. WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW IN NEW WORLD: TURKULON EVENT The turkeys of Aeternum have been hunted for centuries. But during the fall season, the hunted become the hunters as Turkulon seeks vengeance on all settlers for its fallen flock! Players near level 60 can team up to take down this giant Turkey world boss for seasonal rewards now through December 6. https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/4k3TYuj9dsjBt4FPt6iVQV/5ea9961ea841ec81164efcff8f101004/NW_TurkeyEvent22_04_1920x1080_Final_CT-001232.jpg WHAT’S NEXT FOR NEW WORLD: WINTER CONVERGENCE FESTIVAL Icy winds and glimmering Gleamites fill the air once again as Winter Convergence returns to Aeternum, but not everything is cheery this time around. The Winter Warrior and his legion of Frigid Folk are on the verge of spreading a Forever Winter across the land. Fight the Winter Warrior, reclaim lost presents, and harvest Gleamite Meteors for festive rewards when the event kicks off in December. STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM: FORGED IN AETERNUM Join the Development Team for conversations on community-driven topics like player priorities, lore, and more. Thanks for your support! We’ll see you in Aeternum.Return to Aeternum: Team InterviewsNov 21, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsGreetings, Adventurers! Following two weeks of teamwork, trash talk, and triumphs, Return to Aeternum is now over. This celebration of Fresh Start Worlds featured some of your favorite content creators racing to complete server-wide objectives. Many of the challenges may have been predictable, but the best moments were always a pleasant surprise. Learn more about each team captain’s experience and then join your favorite streamer’s world to become a part of their history. TRIUMPHS Despite success with specific objectives, most of the teams’ favorite triumphs were more general. Redbyrd and Xaryu from The Bald and the Beautiful loved the PvP challenges and competing to the end, while Towelliee from Trees Company emphasized their teamwork. Self-proclaimed fishing legends TonTon, P4wnyhof, and GippiGaming (Knights of the Coconut) called out reaching tier 4 first. Shifting Sands may not have been the quickest group overall, but Jhoolna was proud to be part of the first team to complete tier 1. https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/1ZivaOEXGkeablHIj5CZ77/1fca095ebb03d34f56c61ca2e417c25f/NW_Return_to_Aeternum_Shifting_Sands_WEB_1920x1080.jpg Rakin from Shifting Sands talked more experience than triumph. “I believe the server ecosystem fun-wise and toxicity wise was perfect,” Rakin said. “Even if we didn't do such a good job claiming the drop quests, I feel like our population had A LOT of fun playing.” FAVORITE MOMENTS Standout moments ranged from nostalgic happenings to notable achievements: THE BALD AND THE BEAUTIFUL “Running around on the beach with hundreds of Balds,“ Redbyrd said. “I absolutely love fresh starts in New World,” Xaryu said. “Leveling from 1-60 and open world PvP is hard to beat. It's amazing.” https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/1DcgFcMoiMduOjsA2dzlc4/a4c7f67803ba2b3121bc65c5f38fd13d/NW_Return_to_Aeternum_Bald_Beautiful_WEB_1920x1080.jpg TREES COMPANY Towelliee fondly mentioned fishing alongside 300 players at once during the competition. KNIGHTS OF THE COCONUT The Knights of the Coconut highlighted that “gold rush fun feeling” from Fresh Start Worlds, starting over on the beach again, and the relief they felt upon finishing their final objective. SHIFTING SANDS “Having all of my friends who played New World with me get back together and play the game again,“ Rakin said. ”We really enjoyed the feeling of working together cross-faction as well.“ GREATEST CHALLENGE Return to Aeternum featured over 30 unique challenges. For most players, these challenges didn’t compare to the event’s true obstacles: REDBYRD - THE BALD AND THE BEAUTIFUL “Not getting last,” Redbyrd said. “Try harding til the deed was done!” TOWELLIEE - TREES COMPANY “The greatest challenge was sleep,“ Towelliee said. https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/2ZuGlbeACb98UNrnx2l8oT/f1e80f643155e304e6fcc287565186cb/NW_Return_to_Aeternum_Trees_Company_WEB_1920x1080.jpg KNIGHTS OF THE COCONUT “The Outpost Rush challenge was a lot to do,“ P4wnyhof said. ”But we found...Turkulon Rewards and LoreNov 16, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsGreetings, Adventurers! Turkulon is back for revenge. Hunt down the feathered menace and his ‘fowl army’ to earn unique rewards. Thanks to player feedback from last year, enemies will now respawn faster and offer more loot. Get the last gobble before this event ends on December 6. Turkulon wasn’t always a threat. Find out the story behind our Thanksgiving world boss, plus a list of rewards that might not make players feel so bad about skinning countless turkeys. TURKULON LORE What started as an office joke about a giant turkey with laser eyes turned into an actual world boss when one of our AI designers made Turkulon on the side, said Level Designer Zachary Holm. Here is the in-game origin story for Aeternum’s most fearsome Turkey: https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/4zgvGJW7YTWeTUNEmZA7sN/0e0806bff662eeb530ae664240e242da/NW_TurkeyEvent22_01_1920x1080_Final_CT-001232.jpg Around the year 1600, a Farmer needed 100 turkeys to feed the settlement for the upcoming holiday feast. With his deadline fast approaching, the Farmer found an Ancient device that flowed with the power of Azoth. Wondering what would happen if he put his prized turkey in there... This device had unintended side effects, and the beast became far larger than one could imagine - and escaped! As rumors circled of a giant, monstrous bird and pamphlets started hitting the town boards, the Farmer (not one to spoil good publicity) promptly announced that he had created Turkulon the Peaceful Giant. The holiday feast ensued, but Turkulon was not happy with the deaths of his feathered friends. The turkeys of Aeternum have been hunted for centuries. But during the fall seasons, the hunted become the hunters as Turkulon seeks vengeance on all settlers for its fallen flock! https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/4I4Vv0I4AcSJXBlzwtOUFl/cbab02bb7fd13466575a72e70f06ceb6/NW_TurkeyEvent22_02_1920x1080_Final_CT-001232.jpg EVENT REWARDS Regular turkeys and Turkulon reward players with different loot. Use the Turkulon’s Claw Skinning Knife to ‘finish your food’ for even more rewards. Each regular turkey has a 10% chance of dropping one. Some items marked below have daily limits. These reset at 5 AM local time. For example, if a player grabs three Turkey’s Treasures at 4:58 AM, they’ll be able to earn another at 5:01 AM. https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/3F5IE81rgcMSr2HRjU1bf/b61b3c478135f526b99215052c046554/NW_TurkeyEvent22_03_1920x1080_Final_CT-001232.jpg REGULAR TURKEY LOOT Regular turkeys can be found scattered across the map. Players will likely spend more time skinning than fighting them. Diamond Gypsum - (20% Drop Chance) Daily Limit: 6 per day. Turkey’s Treasure - (20% Drop Chance) Contains coin. Daily Limit: 3 per day. Turkulon’s Claw Skinning Knife - (10% Drop Chance) Limit: One per event. This knife will vanish after the event. TURKULON’S CLAW SKINNING KNIFE REWARDS FROM REGULAR TURKEYS Skin regular turkeys with the event-specific Turkulon Skinning Knife for additional loot:...New World server merges coming as Thanksgiving event beginsNov 16, 2022 - PCGamesNNew World server merges are on the way for the MMORPG from Amazon Games Orange County, which will see the MMO's legacy worlds combined to help keep player populations at a healthy level. Following the launch of New World Fresh Start Worlds, designed to give long-time players a chance to start over, the developers are now looking to merge some of the legacy servers in light of population shifts. Meanwhile, the New World Turkulon event has launched in-game as part of New World update 1.7.2 to celebrate the Thanksgiving season. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: New World player count soars, but so do taxes New World leaderboards coming soon to MMO, but seem "underwhelming" New World Fresh Start Worlds server list, character slots, and more New World Update 1.7.2Nov 15, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsGreetings, Adventurers! New World Update 1.7.2 downtime will begin at 11:00 PM PT (6:00AM UTC) on November 15 and includes the launch of the Turkulon event. COMBAT/AI NOTABLE FIXES Fixed an issue that allowed the previous weapon’s ability to be cast when eating while swapping weapons. Fixed an issue that caused the visual effects on the Firestaff Faerie Fire skin to appear in the wrong position. Fixed an issue that caused the Heartrune of Stoneform to give a permanent speed boost after cleansing certain status effects. Fixed an issue that caused players to desync while triggering an ability if their ability was used after unequipping an active weapon and exiting the inventory. Fixed an issue that allowed Faction Control Points to be held by a dead player. EXPEDITION Fixed an issue that caused Heru's Divine Doom spell to end earlier than intended. PERKS Updated numerous weapon mastery ability perks to ensure that they cannot be triggered off of DoTs. WEAPONS ICE GAUNTLET Fixed an issue that allowed Entombed to remain active while using committed Heartrune abilities. Blunderbuss We have re-enabled two upgrades on the Blunderbuss Weapon Mastery Tree: Apparatus and Barbed Netting. ECONOMY/PROGRESSION GEAR/ITEMS Fixed an issue that caused Nightveil Hallow items with over 600 Gear Score to no longer Bind to the player following an update in the last patch that made them Bind on Equip. In-Game Store: Fixed an issue that caused certain skins to no longer glow. UX/UI NOTABLE FIXES Tentative fix for achievements and titles not appearing in the user interface. QOL Improved message clarity for when the player is on a full server. WORLD EXPERIENCE NOTABLE FIXES Improved handling of Steam outage during gameplay. Most players should now be able to continue playing during short Steam outages. Fixed an issue that caused character transfers to get blocked if players had an outstanding Company invite. QUESTS Fixed an issue that caused Yonas to not appear for some players on the quest Destiny Unearthed. Fixed an issue that caused Anubis to not spawn during the quest Awakening Anubis. Fixed a bottleneck on the quest Bear Co-Habitation by increasing the number of bears that will spawn in the area. Fixed an issue that made players unable to progress past Camp Tier 2. We have re-enabled rewards for the following events: Sneed’s Revenge Rumble on the Docks EXPERIENCE CHANGES We changed the amount of experience given by the following encounters: Rumble on the Docks The Captain's Arrival Sneed's Revenge Defeating any of these encounter bosses will no longer give experience as an extra reward. The encounter experience rewards are now more in-line with the level of each encounter. Thanks for your support! We’ll see you in Aeternum. New World Fresh Start Worlds server list, character slots, and moreNov 7, 2022 - PCGamesNNew World Fresh Start Worlds went live on November 2, 2022, with a staggered release spanning the past several days according to Amazon's rollout plan. At the time of writing, three of the four waves have been released, with the final fourth wave due to arrive on November 4 at 7pm GMT. As the name suggests, the New World Fresh Start Worlds servers offer long-time players a fresh start, allowing them to experience (or re-experience) New World at launch - but with all the improvements that the multiplayer game has undergone in the meantime. What's more, any new content released will also be available in Fresh Start Worlds, so you won't lose out by taking the leap. Without further ado, are all the details we have for Fresh Start Worlds, including the servers per region and which characters you can take on your journey. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: New World leaderboards coming soon to MMO, but seem "underwhelming" New World server list - all merged servers and destinations Which New World faction should you pick? Steam Global Top Sellers for the Week ending 6 November 2022Nov 6, 2022 - SteamDB * Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® II; * Steam Deck; * Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® II; * Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® II; * Cyberpunk 2077; * Battlefield™ 1; * Football Manager 2023; * Victoria 3; * Persona 5 Royal; * New World; View more information and data on SteamDBNew World player count on Steam increases by 10x overnightNov 4, 2022 - PCGamesNThe New World player count has steadily declined since the MMORPG released back in 2020, with Amazon Games' magical seventeenth century universe failing to wow fans. However, the shores of Aeternum are bustling once more in the wake of new fresh start worlds and an extensive Twitch drop campaign. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: New World Fresh Start Worlds server list, character slots, and more New World server list - all merged servers and destinations Which New World faction should you pick? New World is Now on Sale for 50% OffNov 2, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsGreetings, Adventurers! New World is now on sale for 50% off through Steam and Amazon until 10AM PST on November 8. We recently celebrated our first anniversary, and will continue to make the game even more accessible through frequent updates based on player feedback. Following the release of Brimstone Sands and Fresh Start Worlds, now is the best time to start your adventure in Aeternum. Here are some insights for you to get started, learn more about major updates and events, and see what’s next. NEW PLAYER GUIDE https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/6ahlQdVIPza2TeA91vpzvt/43fbfd42308a304b680a83b39e69a15e/NW_NewAndReturningPlayers_1920x1080_Web_CT-001158.jpg We chatted with BDLG and Redbyrd, the creators of Newworldfans.com, to help new players make the most out of their experience. Unfamiliar with New World? No problem. “Take it slow and don’t get overwhelmed,” BDLG said. ”You will learn as you go. It is 100% okay to not know anything when you start. That’s part of the fun. Enjoy the ride and the knowledge will come.“ Check out our full interview with BDLG and Redbyrd for more in-depth tips. FRESH START WORLDS https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/7qZvrOJJmeRZWVAHy606RJ/a1d8ce5583a56db1e87016000829bf3b/EN_FreshStartWorldsMap_1920x1080_300k_Final.jpg Conquer untouched territory, amass vast wealth, and forge new reputations when Fresh Start Worlds come to Aeternum on November 2. All characters, coins, and loot must originate in these servers. That means no powerful or rich Adventurers can transfer into any of the new worlds. Join one as soon as they launch to enjoy a blank canvas with the rest of the community. What will you claim? REVAMPED STARTING EXPERIENCE The first 25 levels of the game were overhauled based on community feedback. Here’s what to expect: Start the adventure with friends: Players spawn in one of several zones at the beginning of the game. Head to a friend’s location to play early quests together. Multiple ways for solo and group players to progress: There are different objectives for certain quests that give you the option to remain solo or join a group of players depending on your preferred experience. Diverse objectives to keep gameplay fresh: Objectives range from puzzle and traversal challenges to unique interactions with the world and dynamic events. There’s always something new to find. An epic adventure surrounding the mysteries of Aeternum: Conquer new enemies, obstacles, and locations to reveal the truth about the eternal isle. MOST RECENT MAJOR UPDATE: BRIMSTONE SANDS RELEASE New players can look forward to enjoying our largest release yet once they get closer to level 60. Brimstone Sands is a vast new zone featuring a variety of unique quests that span distinct points of interest such as the Ennead, unforgettable enemies like the giant sandworm, and more of Aeternum’s secrets. You never know what you’ll discover next. WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW IN NEW WORLD: RETURN TO AETERNUM Watch your favorite Twitch streamers ...New World Update 1.7.1Nov 1, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsGreetings, Adventurers! New World Update 1.7.1 downtime will begin at 11:00PM PT (6:00AM UTC) on November 1 and includes fixes to Brimstone Sands quests. WORLD EXPERIENCE NOTABLE FIXES Castrum Principium spawn rate has been adjusted to better match other Elite mobs. Fixed an issue that made Helvan the Navigator in Monarch's Bluffs unbeatable. Fixed an issue that caused players to get stuck at weird angles when opening the inventory while going prone. BRIMSTONE SANDS Tomash and Ghazi now have additional dialogue to inform players they need to complete the "A Selfless Nature" quest to access the Brimstone Sands Main Story. Updated the quest requirements for “A Selfless Nature” to ensure players are not blocked for the “Blessings of the Earth” quest. Removed the ability to place Camps around the “Brimstone Under Siege” quest location. Reduced the amount of Iron Hide received when Skinning Valley Lizards. Fixed an issue with “Demon’s Cauldron” that caused players to get teleported back from the Crystal. Fixed an issue that caused the damage barrier around Brimstone Sands to continue after death. Fixed an issue that caused the Brimstone Sands Outpost Trading Post to not link to Storage. QUESTS Fixed an issue that made Faction rank up quests unavailable. Fixed an issue that prevented players from completing the Overseer Zane encounter. The “Hope Manifest”, “Executioner”, “Tracking the Huntress”, “Falmea's Wrath”, and “Keen Temper” quests now immediately register as complete when players craft the specified weapons. Fixed an issue that caused the Heartforge Guardian to not spawn in the "Trial of the Heartforge" quest. Re-enabled the “Roar of the Manticore” quest. Re-enabled “The Queen's Brood” quest. EXPEDITIONS Dynasty Shipyard: Raised Keg health to make defend objectives less difficult to pass in high level mutations. COMBAT/AI NOTABLE FIXES Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the player to be unable to attack after Harvesting until they performed the same Gathering action or relogged. Fixed an issue where certain abilities could be performed without triggering their cooldowns. Fixed an issue that sometimes caused Young Scorplings to fall through the world. PERKS Fixed an issue that caused Runeglass Gem perks to prevent Life Staff perks from working. Added a speculative fix for Runeglass Taunt Gems not working properly with Berserk, Riposte, and Defender's Resolve AOE taunts. We will continue to monitor the forums to see if players are still encountering this issue after the update. GAME MODES PVP ARENAS Fixed an issue that caused some players to incorrectly receive a leaver penalty when exiting 3v3 Arenas. WAR/INVASIONS Fixed an issue that caused Wars and Invasions to sometimes fail to reschedule properly after a server crash. ECONOMY/PROGRESSION GEAR/ITEMS Added Infused Gypsum Greatsword Cast. Re-enabled Legendary Greatsword "Rough Edge" recipe. To better match similar crafted Greatswords, it is now Bind on Pickup instead of Bind on Equip. Re-enabl...PTR: Starstone Barrows/Amrine Expedition Mash-upOct 28, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsGreetings, Adventurers! Aeternum is an ever-evolving world, and as such, we continue our efforts in providing an assortment of ongoing new features, content, and changes. Similar to the activities leading up to our latest major update, we are approaching the release of our next large release and would like to invite you all to participate in the next cycle of our Public Test Realm (PTR)! PTR 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 is now officially open. To maximize world population and encourage group play, we will open with two worlds available (“US East PTR 1” and “EU PTR 1”) for this playtest cycle, located within US East and EU Central regional datacenters respectively. You may have to change your client regional selection from the main menu in order to discover your intended test world. Existing test characters have been wiped for this cycle, to ensure thorough testing of the early game experience changes and ensure feedback is evaluated at the same difficulty benchmarks as we roll out new features across the next several weeks. 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 PTR sub-forum (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! MAJOR UPDATES During this iteration of the PTR, we look forward to hearing your playtest feedback on the following changes: NEW MUTATED EXPEDITION - STARSTONE BARROWS / AMRINE MASH-UP https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/1AxvUbJ7PdPu1CotzTsbpn/8da4820607e75a4bf67704cc68e0e5c5/Expedition_2_T1_01.jpg This new take on Starstone Barrows includes a special appearance. Players will revisit parts of the Amrine Expedition and face both the intrepid Simon Grey and Foreman Nakashima. Challenge the Expedition to find out more. CRAFTING AND REFINING STATION TIER CHANGES https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/2RdqlF4EVp0i3qCbR9XRlo/7d8affb851c5fe288249a6f5284a5224/Wood-Crafting.jpg...Fresh Start World Rollout Plan and FAQOct 27, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsGreetings, Adventurers! Missed out on your chance to claim untouched territory? Interested in establishing your foothold as the reigning champion of the land? Take your first steps on a fresh, blank slate when Fresh Start Worlds come to Aeternum on November 2! We are excited to release the rollout plan for Fresh Start Worlds and an FAQ for any additional questions or concerns. ROLLOUT PLAN https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/7qZvrOJJmeRZWVAHy606RJ/a1d8ce5583a56db1e87016000829bf3b/EN_FreshStartWorldsMap_1920x1080_300k_Final.jpg Find out when each world will launch below. You can also view our forum post to see each wave in your local time: WAVE 1 – NOVEMBER 2, 4:00 PM UTC Central Europe | Artemis South America | Artorius US-East | Medea US-West | Yonas WAVE 2 - NOVEMBER 2, 5:00 PM UTC Central Europe | Gawain US-East | Myrddin WAVE 3 - NOVEMBER 2, 6:00 PM UTC Central Europe | Apophis US-East | Devourer WAVE 4 - NOVEMBER 2, 7:00 PM UTC Central Europe | Cleopatra South America | Gaea US-East | Amarah US-West | Ennead Australia | Sutekh FRESH START WORLD FAQ Q: HOW LONG WILL THE SERVERS BE LOCKED FROM TRANSFERS FROM EXISTING SERVERS? WILL PLAYERS IN THESE FRESH START WORLDS BE ABLE TO TRANSFER OUT OF THEM? A: There will be no transfers of existing characters into Fresh Start Worlds. We plan to allow transfers from a Fresh Start World to a legacy world at a later time. Q: CAN PLAYERS IN FRESH START WORLDS TRANSFER TO ANOTHER FRESH START WORLD? A: Not at this time. Q: WILL THERE BE A 3RD CHARACTER CREATION SLOT OR WILL I NEED TO DELETE A CHARACTER TO ACCESS THESE FRESH START WORLDS? A: Players will have a third character slot added on November 2nd. Any and all character slots may be used toward Fresh Start servers or Legacy servers but you cannot have more than 1 character per world. Q: IF THE FRESH START WORLD POPULATION DROPS, DOES THAT MEAN IT’LL BE MERGED ON A LEGACY SERVER OR WILL IT BE MERGED WITH ANOTHER FRESH SERVER? A: We will never merge any Fresh Start Worlds into legacy worlds. Q: HOW MANY FRESH START WORLD WILL THERE BE? A: All regions will have at least one fresh start server. Please see above for the rollout plans. Q: IF I’M BANNED ON A LEGACY SERVER, CAN I START A NEW CHARACTER ON A FRESH START WORLD? A: Bans are account-wide. Q: WILL THERE BE A WORLD FOR SEA/OCE? A: At this time, we do not plan to open any additional regions. Q: WILL THE NEW LEVELING EXPERIENCE BE AVAILABLE ON FRESH START SERVERS? A: All new content, including Brimstone Sands and the Revamped Starting Experience, will be available on these worlds. Q: WILL NIGHTVEIL HALLOW BE AVAILABLE ON FRESH START WORLDS? A: No, but all future events will be available. Q: WILL WORLD POPULATION BE HIGHER ON FRESH START WORLDS? A: No, Fresh Start Worlds and legacy worlds will have the same maximum population cap. Q: WILL FRESH START WORLDS HAVE A DIFFERENT BUILD OR MODERATION POLICY FROM LEGACY SERVERS A: No. Q: WILL THERE BE A DEDICATED PVP ONLY OR RP ONLY WORLD IN THE FUTURE? A:...Beware Baalphazu: Nightveil Hallow Event and DevelopmentOct 27, 2022 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/Y1Dn0PFLKhfVhQFsXxJbq/aa1f1ac20523ec126db94b322dc772d8/EN_NW-NVH-1920x1080-Web.jpg Shapes in the mist! Shrieks in the night! The demon Baalphazu, Marquis of Terror, and his horde of ghoulish Pumpkinites are spreading a living nightmare across Aeternum! Aid Salvatore the Mad in his quest to banish these foul terrors and collect a bounty of Nightveil Hallow rewards! We spoke to the Design, Narrative, AI, and Audio Teams for insight into each aspect of the event. Let’s find out some of the tricks that brought you this Halloween treat. You’ll also get a glimpse at early Nightveil Hallow concept art from before Baalphazu could cast their first shadow over Aeternum. NIGHTVEIL HALLOW INSPIRATION https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/6wGORDveWLBkzAYHSCqu06/708e00a3347cb19657d5213740ad805e/NW_TownCauldron_Active_Pumpkinhead_NightVeilHallow_01_1920x1080_Web_CT-001067.jpg “The direction of Nightveil Hallow was greatly inspired by 80’s horror movies, specifically the awesome creature-flicks and fun-spirited ‘schlocky’ tone of the era,“ said Holiday Event Feature Lead Deric Nunez. ”As a Halloween and horror-fanatic, it was a blast to work with the team to mix all the pieces that make 80’s horror so iconic and present them within the realm of Aeternum. Baalphazu and his Pumpkinites convey a theme that should hopefully feel familiar to fans of the genre and season, while Salvatore is a classic throwback to the golden age of horror cinema icons.” EVENT GOALS “The goal of every holiday event is to ensure it’s unmistakable to players that a special event is happening in Aeternum,” said Deric. “With that, the playfully decorated settlements composed by Douglas Guanlao, Brian Patenaude, and Rosie Stzralkowski round out Nightveil Hallow. It is the team’s seal on our love letter to the spookiest time of year!” REFERENCES IN THE EVENT SHOP REWARDS https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/jpdrxVZf9mP87TcRosl1s/bbb3b689ab1727514d58c31099e5331f/NW_TownCauldron_Activated_B_NightVeilHallow_01_1920x1080_Web_CT-001067.jpg “The reverence Nightveil Hallow holds for the spooky season is most apparent in the Event Shop and incredible rewards players can earn during the event,” said Deric. “I’m certain fans of the genre will pick up on the inspirations for a few of the items, but there’s one hidden-in-plain-sight reference I’m particularly curious if anyone will catch.” THE CREATION OF BAALPHAZU “When conceiving the demon Baalphazu, we wanted to hint at the existence of other parallel worlds,” said Narrative Designer Aaron de Orive. “The Netherworld is a mysterious realm of shadows and nightmares, where the dark figure of Lord Tenebrous rules over the Host, a collection of goblins, ghouls, and other terrors. Baalphazu is one of the Netherworld’s dread captains, eager to carry out the will of his twisted master by spreading fear throughout the island of immortals.” NAMING BAALPHAZU https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/40DsMGyuxkK4...Return to AeternumOct 25, 2022 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/53aKnflqCkmGsV2C5NkmbE/b0be0641d3345448986a09f55c5b3822/NW_Return_To_Aeternum_1920x1080.jpg Greetings, Adventurers! Watch your favorite Twitch streamers forge a new legacy into their very own fresh start worlds in Return to Aeternum. Four teams will race to complete server-wide objectives across all aspects of the game. Follow thrilling adventures, gain access to unique Twitch Drops, and see which world will level up the fastest from November 2 to 18. You can also track live stats, team positions, and more on the Return to Aeternum webpage. Return to Aeternum is more than just a speedrun. We won’t spoil the specifics, but challenges range from PvE quests like boss kills to PvP tasks and more. Each team will receive the same eight challenges and must complete any 6 to level up. This friendly competition will continue until either every team reaches level 5 or time runs out. There’s no grand prize for first place. Teams are instead fighting for their viewers to earn better Twitch Drops at each level. That means you benefit more from watching the highest level team. Will you keep an eye on your favorite world or switch to the frontrunner for earlier rewards? At the end of the event, all four worlds will open up to the community. Journey to your favorite streamer’s world, visit locations from key moments of the event, and even become a part of their history. Team Overview Every team will be led by three captains and their selected co-captains. These six core team members recruited other players in the hopes of building a roster that can swiftly overcome any challenge. Effective communication and coordination are essential to get ahead. Who will you support? Trees Company https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/2ZuGlbeACb98UNrnx2l8oT/f1e80f643155e304e6fcc287565186cb/NW_Return_to_Aeternum_Trees_Company_WEB_1920x1080.jpg KingGothalion MyMrFruit Smashley BurkeBlack Towelliee Bajheera The Bald and the Beautiful https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/1DcgFcMoiMduOjsA2dzlc4/a4c7f67803ba2b3121bc65c5f38fd13d/NW_Return_to_Aeternum_Bald_Beautiful_WEB_1920x1080.jpg Asmongold RichWCampbell Xaryu Zickahh Redbyrd BDLG Knights of the Coconut https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/Fr4INdIsvkwydBoQwWx5X/3dcd0156b8581292ead1aa8b8a8a5b8a/NW_Return_to_Aeternum_Knights_Coconut_WEB_1920x1080.jpg Dhalucard GippiGaming TonTon Zerator P4wnyhof Pepp Shifting Sands https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/1ZivaOEXGkeablHIj5CZ77/1fca095ebb03d34f56c61ca2e417c25f/NW_Return_to_Aeternum_Shifting_Sands_WEB_1920x1080.jpg YoDa Spuleta Rakin Revolta Jhoolna Aiai_online Thanks for your support! See you in Aeternum and may the best team win!New & Returning Player GuideOct 21, 2022 - Community Announcementshttps://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/6ahlQdVIPza2TeA91vpzvt/43fbfd42308a304b680a83b39e69a15e/NW_NewAndReturningPlayers_1920x1080_Web_CT-001158.jpg Greetings, Adventurers! Frequent updates and quality of life improvements continue to help New World evolve into an even more enjoyable experience. One year later, the game includes additional weapons, modes, storylines, Expeditions, areas, and features. There are also new systems, mechanics, and open world activities. If you can think of something from launch, chances are it was more recently changed based on player feedback. For returning players that might sound daunting, but this is actually the best time to play New World, especially if you’re new to the game. We chatted with BDLG and Redbyrd, the creators of Newworldfans.com and the New World to Go podcast, to discuss everything new and returning players need to know after the Brimstone Sands Release. NEW PLAYER TIPS “Take it slow and don’t get overwhelmed,” BDLG said. ”You will learn as you go. It is 100% okay to not know anything when you start. That’s part of the fun. Enjoy the ride and the knowledge will come.“ REVAMPED STARTING EXPERIENCE Before BDLG played New World, he most looked forward to exploring the world of Aeternum. Now those early settlements, points of interest, and quests are completely revamped. “It is an incredible experience for new players,” BDLG said. https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/3Vw18Ii2ogw8X0jAfDwAr7/46f312eba175719c7ec22ab64e6a5f96/sunset.jpg GETTING STARTED The first 25 levels of the game were overhauled based on player feedback. Here’s what to expect: Start the adventure with friends: Players spawn in one of several zones at the beginning of the game. Head to a friend’s location to play early quests together. Multiple ways for solo and group players to progress: There are different objectives for certain quests that give you the option to remain solo or join a group of players depending on your preferred experience. Diverse objectives to keep gameplay fresh: Objectives range from puzzle and traversal challenges to unique interactions with the world and dynamic events. There’s always something new to find. An epic adventure surrounding the mysteries of Aeternum: Conquer new enemies, obstacles, and locations to reveal the truth about the eternal isle. TAKE YOUR TIME WITH PROGRESSION “Getting to level 60, or max level, is not a huge time sink compared to many other games,” BDLG said. “It’s fairly easy to obtain so there’s not need to rush the process. The first time you embark on that journey is incredible. You only get one ‘first leveling experience,’ and the end-game will always be there.” HOW TO BALANCE STORY PROGRESSION, SIDE QUESTS AND EXPLORATION “New World does a great job of grouping the side quests with the main plot progression,” BDLG said. “You can pick up the main story and side quests in batches, and then complete a cycle and repeat in the next area. Quests also take you throughout many part...Brimstone Sands ReleaseOct 17, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsGreetings, Adventurers! New World's Brimstone Sands Release downtime will begin for all regions at 3AM PT (10AM UTC) on October 18. Expected downtime is 4 hours. Discover a new zone, Expedition, revamped starting experience, weapon, seasonal event, and combat mechanic. Check out our full breakdown of the release notes for more information on all things Brimstone Sands. Here’s a brief overview for you to learn more about some of the key additions. BRIMSTONE SANDS ZONE Brimstone Sands is a new zone unlike anything else in Aeternum. Roughly the size of 2.5 Everfalls, it features new enemies to fight, a new territory to control, and new stories to uncover. https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/47ekwfhGBgHvgixCR3K5ZC/7b56141440934b8ab57ae60e088a7693/NW_SettelmentActivity_Brimstone_Announce_Final_1920x1080_Final.jpg Death hovers over the scorched wastes of Brimstone Sands, its thirst still unsatisfied even after centuries of strife and war. The ancient Egyptians first encountered the godlike Ancients here and built monuments and vast cities that were part of a flourishing civilization thousands of years in the past. Their civilization has long fallen to ruin, and few of those original inhabitants remain except for the mysterious sorcerer Imhotep, with whom players must work with to solve the desert’s mysteries. The most immediate threat in Brimstone Sands is posed by the deranged remnants of the Roman Empire's 19th Legion. What exactly befell the Romans must be discovered, but they have fallen to Corruption and now besiege the ancient ruins of a mysterious Pyramid known as Akhet. They are certain that, within, they will find the secret to their redemption and the long-awaited resurgence of the Roman Empire. THE ENNEAD EXPEDITION Delve into Ancient Ruins to face the vigilant Anubian Guardians and solve hieroglyphic puzzles to achieve new power. https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/3plh3Gmy3YRlx3CjUFpwRP/9d168bd7f134d3d6110768e81cac5b0a/NW_Brimstone_Ennead_GroupPvE_Launch_Final_1920x1080.jpg Players will explore ancient mysteries with Imhotep, battle powerful Sand Demons, and perhaps, if they persist, restore the rightful ruler who can finally bring order and hope to the region after centuries of chaos. REVAMPED STARTING EXPERIENCE We’ve completely redesigned the early levels of New World, so players who start the game or roll a new character will experience brand new stories and quests. We listened to player feedback about the starting experience in New World, and made the following changes: OPTIMIZED QUEST FLOW Quest flow through zones has been optimized, with NPCs who move around with a story that takes players through each region of the game, unlocking side content to pace out the experience. NEW QUEST DYNAMICS We’ve added a variety of new quest dynamics, from wave events to tracking and traversal challenges, puzzles in the ruins, unique interactions with the world, and dynamic events players will encounter. STREAMLINED STORY We’ve revised o...Tips From Aeternum: New World Greatsword GuideOct 14, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsGreetings, Adventurers! Tips From Aeternum features expert insight from your favorite New World content creators. We’re joined by Twitch streamers Baggins and Danneh for some tips on the Greatsword. This powerful, two-handed blade offers a highly customizable playstyle through unique stances. Explore its playstyle, builds, and gameplay to more effectively slash your way across the eternal isle. FIRST IMPRESSIONS Danneh recalled his first time wielding the Greatsword at a Brimstone Sands preview event. “I had a duel with a friend and basically one-shot him as he was in his DPS light build, boom,” Danneh said. “It has some fantastic animations and really makes you feel like a badass.” He went on to describe the Greatsword as an in your face weapon worth trying even if the stances do not appeal to you. “The great thing about New World is that your character can use any weapon, at any time,” Danneh said. “Okay, you might not have the perfect build or stats, but it really is fun. Usually you find people really enjoying weapons that they never thought they would.” GREATSWORD BUILDS https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/7KKUUtohsGBdj3EKMdGJx/9c37998d130e3ebb06b451b784f4fab4/NW_RoaringRupture_V2_GreatSword1920x1080_Final__CT-001120.jpg Weapon gems, perks, and attributes are often the difference between a successful Elite Chest Run and a trip back to the nearest Shine. Baggins shared a few of his favorite tips to help you survive. GREATSWORD ATTRIBUTES “Because the Greatsword scales equally with Strength and Dexterity, it pairs excellently with any one-handed, two-handed, or ranged weapon in New World,” Baggins said. “A general rule of thumb I would give is to focus more on Strength when pairing with a melee weapon, and Dexterity when pairing with a ranged weapon. Exceptions to this include the Rapier and Blunderbuss, which follow the reverse rule.” GREATSWORD PERK RECOMMENDATION “Energizing Calamity Counter or Leeching Crosscut are excellent perks to obtain as they will increase your survivability in a major way, providing either a big boost to stamina or health respectively,” Baggins said. “If you're more of a PvP Orientated player, Calamity Counter will likely be more beneficial for you, whereas more PvE orientated players will find Leeching Crosscut a great option to keep their health topped off while fighting.” GREATSWORD GEM TIP “Because the Greatsword has such excellent stamina management and regeneration passives, consider trying a Jasper Gem in place of the usual Opal that is common in many other weapon builds," Baggins said. "You may find the criteria of simply taking damage (Jasper) easier than keeping your stamina bar low (Opal)." PLAYSTYLE https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/58Qw9NI4OqlzYvlC4J9hSA/0191845a4f1def739a8b1cb781672973/NW_EnergyShield_V3_GreatSword1920x1080_Final__CT-001120.jpg According to the Design Team, proficient Greatsword players will constantly switch stances depending on the situation — tanking enemy damage via t...Greatsword ShowcaseOct 12, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsGreetings, Adventurers! The Greatsword is a powerful two-handed weapon like the Great Axe or War Hammer, but uses martial techniques rather than sheer power to vanquish foes. An offensive and defensive stance set it apart in terms of gameplay, while unique visual traits make it feel even more distinct. We joined the Design Team for a deeper look at the Greatsword’s size, stance effects, and heads-up display (HUD), plus some other neat tidbits. GAMEPLAY DESIGN Attacks are central to this blade’s core design. It embodies relentless offense paired with aggressive defense. Even defensive skills tend to have some kind of attacking component. Whether fighting groups of foes with wide sweeping strikes or single targets with a few specialized skills, the Greatsword can adapt to almost any situation. The stances also give players more freedom for versatile tactics regardless of their preferred playstyle. SIZE Its size was a result of desire and practicality. The Design Team wanted a slightly fantastical, larger than life weapon with a weight that was still comparable to the Great Axe or War Hammer. They strove for something large enough to be impressive, but small enough to not obscure character animations when worn on the character’s back. https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/Ut0Wyz8TGh1eyXZoXPpSV/cd9c570a20e21e08376d90b1b49011f8/NW_GreatSword_Size_A_Web_1920x1080_Final_CT-001049.jpg FUNCTIONALITY COMPARISON Here’s a breakdown of how the Greatsword is weaker than, about the same as, and stronger than the following weapons: Great Axe Weaker than: Less pursuit options. About the same as: DPS. Stronger than: Better buff/debuff application. War Hammer Weaker than: No stuns. About the same as: Abilities that cause reactions. Stronger than: Faster attacks/DPS. Sword/Shield Weaker than: Fewer defensive actions. Can't protect allies as well. About the same as: Block stability on par with light shields. Stronger than: Higher range. Hatchet Weaker than: Slower attack speed. About the same as: Good self buffing. Stronger than: Higher range. Spear Weaker than: Less crowd control options/spacing tools. About the same as: Similar range. Stronger than: Sweeping attacks instead of linear ones. DAMAGE SCALING COMPARISON The team wanted to push the unique aspects of the Greatsword further through even Strength and Dexterity damage scaling. This allows players more flexibility when choosing a secondary weapon: Greatsword Strength: 80% Dexterity: 80% Great Axe and War Hammer Strength: 100% Dexterity 0% Sword and Hatchet Strength: 90% Dexterity: 65% Spear Strength: 65% Dexterity: 90% STANCE THEMES Opposing forces are a common theme throughout New World. Stances take a similar approach, but are broadly themed around offense and defense. Additional themes include: Angelic and Demonic Fire and Water Barbarian and Knight Yin and Yang Order and Chaos https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/1h8d1pTWe6huBdTnKgu7aR/fdfedc3d4dc819e9177779f43befb346/NW_DefianceStance_Combat_Gre...New World Server HeatmapOct 10, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsGreetings, Adventurers! Discover the anticipated queue times for each world to better prepare for the upcoming Brimstone Sands Release. https://images.ctfassets.net/j95d1p8hsuun/2STGipExNHDRlaS2uCVmrc/49eaf779d93b7fcc47dc3393a3e5b07d/EN_NW_Server-Heatmap_Final_1920x1080.jpg *This information is valid as of October 10 and is subject to change based on player migration behavior. Players who created an account from launch until 3:30 PM PST on February 14, 2022 will have at least two free server transfer tokens, unless one or more had previously been used. Click here to find out if you qualify. As a reminder, you can only see one available server token at a time. Check out our FAQ for more information. We will continue to monitor world populations and demand to determine whether additional servers should be opened or closed. Thank you for your support! We’ll see you in Aeternum. Fresh Start WorldsOct 6, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsGreetings, Adventurers! Conquer untouched territory, amass vast wealth, and forge new reputations when Fresh Start Worlds come to Aeternum on November 2. We’ve received a lot of requests for Fresh Start Worlds, so we are using the time between the Brimstone Sands release and the opening of these worlds to ensure you have a high quality, fresh start. All coins, loot, and characters must originate in these servers. That means no powerful or rich Adventurers can transfer into any of the new worlds. A blank canvas complete with a revamped starting experience awaits. What will you claim? Checkout the PTR now for an early look at our new streamlined quests, points of interest, and revised storyline. Thanks for your support! We’ll see you in Aeternum. Amazon’s MMORPG 'New World' Debuts at #1 on Steam with a Peak of 700k Concurrent PlayersSep 29, 2021 - GitHypFounded in 2012 and supported by Amazon’s success in just about every other industry, Amazon’s game development studio has been struggling to produce a hit over the past decade. With hundreds of millions invested, Amazon has pulled the plug on multiple big-budget games recently, such as Breakaway and Crucible – the latter even shockingly being sent back to beta testing and canceled after being fully released on Steam with a peak of 25k concurrent players – something unheard of in the video game industry. More recently, Amazon even canceled their upcoming Lord of the Rings MMORPG, but now it looks like they have an even bigger MMO with New World, which launched at #1 on Steam with a peak of 708k concurrent players during its first day. There have been many factors leading to the success of New World. Besides having almost unlimited funding, the world's best servers, and owning the gaming-focused streaming service, Twitch, Amazon couldn’t have picked a better time to launch their new massive multiplayer online role-playing game. The industry-leader, World of Warcraft, has seen its player/subscriber numbers continue to decline year-over-year per data shared on investor calls and reports. And numerous lawsuits against Blizzard over the past few months have led to many fans boycotting the studio behind WoW and looking elsewhere to get their MMO fix. Besides WoW, Amazon’s biggest competition in the MMO market is currently Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV Online – which saw its own player base spike over these past few months on Steam (peaking at 68k concurrent players) as fans of WoW jumped ship and followed their favorite streamers to a new virtual world online. Unlike FFXIV and WoW, which have their own launchers, whether purchasing Amazon’s $40 PC exclusive directly on Amazon or Steam, all players must use the Steam client to launch New World. While this makes it difficult to directly compare said games, it gives us the exact player counts for New World, without any question as to which platform the majority of the game’s population uses.