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New World update 1.5.6 is here with a host of quality-of-life fixes. Check out the official notes for more information.
New World Update 1.5.6 downtime will begin at 11:00PM PT (6:00AM UTC) on July 12 and includes quality of life fixes.
Fixed a bug that allowed players to endlessly spam abilities. Fixed an issue that caused certain crests to not appear in the list of a player’s available crests when they were entitled to them. Fixed an issue that caused quest resets to repeat lore and map unlock rewards. Added a speculative fix for an issue that caused Void Destroyers to turn invisible in Invasions and the Tempest Heart Expedition. We will continue to monitor the forums to see if players are still encountering this rare issue after the update. Fixed a bug that caused players to not get achievement progress for total Trade Skill ranks. Fixed an issue that caused various quest-giver NPCs to turn invisible. Thanks for your support! We'll see you in Aeternum.
The New World Community Team will hang out with you at TwitchCon Amsterdam on July 16 - 17. Join the New World PvP Arena Open on July 16 for a chance to win a trip to TwitchCon San Diego, Alienware-sponsored peripherals, and New World merchandise. There's even a new Summer Event Cache Twitch Drop that will become available on August 8, 2022.
Our Community Team can’t wait to hang out with you at TwitchCon Amsterdam on July 16 - 17. Say hello at the Amazon Games booth either day or come to the LAN area on Saturday, July 16 for thrilling Expeditions, grueling PvP matches, and New World’s first Arenas tournament — the New World PvP Arena Open. Complete activities in any game mode to win prizes. Each New World setup will feature pre-set characters, making it easy to pick up and play your favorite weapon build.
Join the New World PvP Arena Open on July 16 for a chance to win a trip to TwitchCon San Diego, Alienware-sponsored peripherals, and exclusive New World merch. Players unable to attend can catch every moment of the tournament on our New World Twitch channel for progress toward a new Twitch Drop.
Beginning on July 15 at 8AM PT (3PM UTC), to celebrate TwitchCon Amsterdam, a Summer Event Cache Twitch Drop will become available for Twitch viewers to claim as a Drop on enabled channels streaming New World.
SUMMER EVENT CACHE TWITCH DROP
The Summer Event Cache Twitch Drop includes instruments, a fishing rod, and summer event tokens. To claim the drop, viewers must watch 4 hours of New World on a Twitch Channel with the drops enabled. Once earned, players can claim their skin through the ‘Item Claim’ tab found within the in-game store after the content update that introduces the Summer Medleyfaire. If you haven’t done so already, make sure your Twitch account is linked to your Amazon Games and Steam accounts. You can find the steps you need to follow on our Twitch Drops page.
The Summer Event Cache will be available as a Twitch Drop until August 8, so make sure to tune into your favorite New World content creator with drops enabled before then! This Drop is available for all content creators to enable in the New World category.
NEW WORLD PVP ARENA OPEN
The New World PvP Arena Open is a 16 team, single elimination tournament in the game’s new 3v3 Arena mode. Follow the instructions on the registration page to secure a spot for your team, then practice different weapon combinations for a better shot at the grand prize. All players must be 18 or older to compete. Check out the official rules for more details.
Every New World PvP Arena participant will receive a New World pin. Progress deeper into the event for additional pin colors and greater prizes*.
The first place team will win a trip to TwitchCon San Diego including:
Roundtrip airfare to the event location from Winner's preferred major metropolitan airport Hotel accommodation for the duration of the event (October 7-9) TwitchCon San Diego event entry badges SECOND PLACE
Each member of second place team will receive 3 Alienware-sponsored peripherals:
Keyboard AW510K Dark Side Mouse AW510M Dark Side Headset AW310H Dark Side THIRD PLACE
The third place team will take home New World Merch:
Exclusive New World Artbook New World Steelbook with game code Amazon Games Backpack *All prizes subject to tournament rules, terms, and conditions.
Thanks for your support! We’ll see you in Aeternum or at the event!
The New World Team discusses the development of Summer Medleyfaire, new mechanics in the Barnacles & Black Powder Expedition, and upcoming community events in the July Team Update video.
New World July Team Update
Join the New World team for our July Team Update video, where we discuss the development of the Summer Medleyfaire, new mechanics in the Barnacles & Black Powder Expedition, upcoming community events like TwitchCon Amsterdam, and weapon balance changes.
The video will be sectioned by topic on YouTube, so if you’re only interested in checking out certain subjects, you’ll easily be able to navigate to them. Here’s an overview of the topics included in this month’s update.
Summer Medleyfaire Event Features
Mike Willette and Phil Bolus join hosts Scot Lane and Tina Degenhart for a deep dive into the Summer Medleyfaire event. Gather a band of Adventurers to play a rhythm minigame or throw tips at the best bands on the island. You can even complete quests from the Maestro for awesome rewards.
There are also fishing festivities. Exchange the Aeternum Sturgeon for Summer Medleyfaire items and use Mount-A-Catch stations to decorate your house with your favorite catches. How will you celebrate the Summer Medleyfaire?
Delve into pirate territory deep with Mike Willette for more on the Barnacles & Black Powder Expedition. Looking for Adventurers to join your group? The new Expedition Group Finder allows you to quickly match with players based on preferences like role and Gear Score.
Upcoming Community Events
Our Community Team will be at TwitchCon Amsterdam on July 16 - 17. Hang out, ask questions, or join the New World PvP Arena Open. First place will win a trip to TwitchCon San Diego. Greg Henninger, Brittaney Chang, and Katy Kaszynski discuss the event, then tease an upcoming PTR event for players to interact with our Community Team in-game.
There will also be a double XP Fishing and Instrument event to make every Summer Medleyfaire activity feel even more satisfying. Keep an eye on the forums for when you can spend some time fishing with the Community Team during this event.
Designing Summer Medleyfaire
Explore the origin of the Summer Medleyfaire, the Design Team’s approach, and how it all came together with Mike Willette and Deric Nunez. Deric describes how community feedback influenced the updated direction and refinements of holiday event rewards and activities.
Designing Barnacles & Black Powder
Join Mike Willette and Chad Redwitz for insight into the new mechanics players can expect against Admiral Blackpowder and the Neriad. Mike then explains the new Mutations that will release alongside this Expedition. Avoid touching the cursed treasure and overcome Barnacles & Black Powder for some cool new loot.
Weapon balance is always changing based on player feedback. David Hall and David Verfaillie speak to Bow, Sword and Shield, and Hatchet changes. Preview these changes early in the PTR and then share your feedback to help us create the best possible version of New World.
We appreciate your support, and we’ll see you in Aeternum!
Amazon Games are hosting a Steam Free Weekend starting April 7. During the event, players will be able to try out New World and the recent updates for free. The event runs through April 11.
Dive in and experience the new Blunderbuss weapon, new open-world experiences & encounters, and a variety of quality of life changes recently added to New World!
Starting April 7 at 10AM PT (5PM UTC), we’re hosting a Steam Free Weekend that will run through April 11 at 10AM PT. During this limited-time event, players will be able to try out New World and the recent updates we’ve made for free. New players can also save 40% on the Standard and Deluxe editions of New World when purchased between April 7 at 10AM PT and April 18 at 10AM PT (5PM UTC).
Players who join in for the Steam Free Weekend will have their progress saved and will be able to pick up where they left off when the weekend ends if they elect to buy New World. Interested in joining us? Navigate to the New World Steam page to join in and start your download on April 7!
STEAM FREE WEEKEND FAQ
HOW DO I CONTINUE PLAYING NEW WORLD AFTER THE FREE WEEKEND ENDS?
You can purchase the Standard or Deluxe editions of New World on Steam or Amazon and all your progress will be saved so you can pick up right where you left off. Both editions of the game will be 40% off between April 7 at 10AM PT and April 18 at 10AM PT (5PM UTC).
CAN I PURCHASE ITEMS FROM THE IN-GAME STORE DURING THE FREE WEEKEND EVENT?
In-game purchasing will not be available until you purchase the full game (either the Standard or Deluxe edition).
WHAT IF I ALREADY HAVE NEW WORLD IN MY STEAM LIBRARY. DO I GET ANYTHING FOR FREE?
While this event is primarily designed to allow and encourage new players to give New World a try, there is currently a free item available for existing players in the in-game store — the Black Bear Pelt Rug Housing Item, which is available to claim for free until April 18! We encourage existing players to tell their friends that they can try the game for free during this special weekend event. After all, New World is better with friends!
WILL THERE BE A SERVER MERGE OR TRANSFER AVAILABLE AFTER THE FREE WEEKEND IF I WANT TO JOIN MY FRIENDS ON THEIR SERVER?
Yes, we plan to merge free servers after the Steam Free Weekend to ensure healthy world populations.
WHY CAN’T I CREATE A CHARACTER ON CERTAIN SERVERS?
Not all servers are available for new character creation. Please either check back later or create a character on another server.
WILL THE CHARACTER I CREATED DURING THE FREE WEEKEND REMAIN/BE DELETED AFTER THE FREE WEEKEND?
Your character will still be there and you can continue playing it if you purchase New World after the free weekend.
We look forward to seeing you in the wilds of Aeternum!
There'sa big new update coming to New World, as Heart of Madness brings a new Expedition, a new weapon, the main storyline finale quest, new legendary quests and more!
Heart of Madness (Source)
With the March version of the public test realm releasing soon, we wanted to share a first look at some of the content you’ll be able to experience in the upcoming PTR before it eventually releases into the main New World game.
Tempest’s Heart - The Myrkgard Expedition
This update will conclude the story of Isabella. The main story quest line picks up as you pursue Isabella back to Shattered Mountain, leading to an epic final showdown. Enter the Tempest’s Heart as you venture into a corrupted dimension of reality through the twisted capital city of Myrkgard. Discover the secrets of her past while you dive deeper into her corrupted mind.
The Tempest’s Heart is an endgame expedition for 5 players. Recommended for level 60 players with Gearscore 550 or above.
New Weapon: Blunderbuss
The Blunderbuss is a ranged weapon that offers high-mobility coupled with potent close-to-mid range damage. It’s the first weapon to scale on strength and intelligence, making it a good companion for bruiser or mage builds.
Adventurers will be able to progress through two weapon mastery trees, allowing the player to choose between two distinct playstyles.
The Containment tree is all about closing the gap and unloading hot lead into your enemy’s face.
Conversely, the Chaos tree focuses on keeping your distance and bombarding areas with explosive AoE damage.
Alongside the release of the Blunderbuss weapon itself, we’re also releasing a new Legendary Weapon Quest series. Upon reaching Level 60 and the maximum skill level with the new firearm, players should seek out Wang Tang Zhi in Ebonscale Reach settlement to start this epic endeavor.
New Experiences, Balance Updates & Bug Fixes
Alongside the storyline conclusion and the new Blunderbuss weapon, this update will include new encounters in the wild, impactful balance changes across a variety of weapons, and a huge swath of bug fixes.
We’ll have more information on the PTR release of this update soon - including areas we would love feedback on before releasing the full Heart of Madness update into the main New World servers. Stay tuned for our PTR announcement article with details on how you can get involved.
As always, thanks for your support. We’ll see you in Aeternum, Blunderbusses in-hand.
Aeternum is an ever-evolving world, and as such, we continue our efforts in providing our players with 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 once again invite you all to participate in the next cycle of our Public Test Realm (PTR)!
The Public Test Realm (PTR) is a limited-availability server-set that will give players 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. However, not every bug or feedback piece will be actioned on before release — some changes need to be investigated further, and may come in a subsequent patch or two. Nonetheless, hundreds of changes have already been made — with more to come — and the full release notes will be shared on release day.
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 will officially open tomorrow, March 3, at 10 AM PST (6 PM UTC). Servers are limited — to maximize world population and encourage higher occurrences of group play, there will only be one world available for this playtest cycle, with it located within the US East regional datacenter. You may have to change your regional selection from the main menu in order to discover the available test world.
This special preview client will be made available for download through the stand-alone Steam application, “New World Public Test Realm” (which should already be in your Steam library if you own the main game). When the test period is complete and the main New World game is updated with the previewed content, all worlds will shut down and may be subject to being wiped clean. You will still see the New World PTR application in your Steam library, but there will not be active servers until the next time we announce a test.
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!
During this iteration of the PTR, we look forward to hearing your playtest feedback regarding the following changes:
New Endgame Activities
Tempest’s Heart - the Myrkgard Expedition
The final showdown against Isabella is upon you. Pursue the Tempest into a corrupted dimension of reality, through the twisted capital city of Myrkgard. Discover the secrets of her past while you dive deeper into her corrupted mind. The Tempest’s Heart is an endgame expedition for 5 players. Recommended for 60+ players with Gearscores between 550 and 570.
For the March PTR, players will be given strong loadouts to play frequently.
Main Storyline Finale Quest and More
The main story questline picks up as you pursue Isabella back to Shattered Mountain. The final quest, The Heart of the Tempest, is given by Yseult Meredith. They are located at Mountain Home Outpost in Shattered Mountain.
Additional repeatable quests can be taken from Mara Rosa in the cathedral just south of the expedition entrance.
New Weapon Type
The Blunderbuss is a ranged weapon that offers high mobility coupled with potent close-to-mid range DPS. It’s the first weapon to scale on strength and intelligence, making it a good companion for bruiser or mage builds. The Containment tree is all about closing the gap and unloading hot lead into your enemy’s face. Conversely, the Chaos tree focuses on keeping your distance and bombarding areas with explosive AoE damage.
New Legendary Weapon Quests
Alongside the release of the Blunderbuss weapon itself, we’re also releasing a new Legendary Weapon Quest series. Upon reaching Level 60 and maximum skill level with the new firearm (granted to you automatically in the PTR), players should seek out Wang Tang Zhi in the Ebonscale Reach settlement to start this epic endeavor.
Many more changes have been made across the entire New World experience. Check out our PTR Release Notes for a bigger picture and let us know what you think on the PTR subforum!
PTR Backstory Loadouts
Upon character creation on the PTR, players will be given multiple caches of special armor and weapons. Each cache has a designation based upon a general build based on a main attribute: CON, DEX, INT, FOC, and STR. To help manage the sudden onset of new items, do not open all provided caches at once, or you risk becoming encumbered! Instead, equip all provided bags and then follow-up with opening each cache deliberately. Any undesired caches can be dropped or deposited into your personal settlement storage.
HOW DO I ACCESS THE NEW PTR?
Everyone with a copy of New World will be automatically granted access to the secondary PTR app. The PTR is not compatible with the live game, so you will need to download a separate client (and have the hard drive space required to support it). From there, we will have special worlds available within supported regions. Not all regions will initially be supported. Access is on a first come, first served basis. There may be queues.
CAN I PLAY WITH OR TRANSFER MY LIVE CHARACTERS TO THE PTR?
Unfortunately, no. These are separate ecosystems, so at this time it is not possible. However, to make testing easier, we will occasionally provide our play-testers with special accommodations such as instant levels, special gear, etc.
CAN I PROVIDE DESIGN FEEDBACK REGARDING WHAT’S INCLUDED ON THE PTR?
Preview game builds on the PTR are finished with their core development and are in their final phase of testing and bug fixing. Our main focus at this phase is improving quality, although we will appreciate any feedback you have to share.
I HAVE A PROBLEM; HOW CAN I CONTACT CUSTOMER SUPPORT?
Our policies and Code of Conduct cover the PTR, and in-game moderation will continue to be supported. Unfortunately, due to the temporary and potentially unstable nature of the PTR, general Customer Service assistance through both Live Chat and through the Support Website will not be available.
I DON’T WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PTR, CAN I REMOVE THE APP FROM MY LIBRARY?
Don’t worry, no offense taken. Players can manage visibility of the New World Public Test Realm Steam Library entry. Opening up the game options (right-click > Manage) offers the “Hide Game” function.
Thanks for your support and participation! We'll see you in Aeternum.