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Amazon MMO New World: Aeternum Confirmed for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X and S

Amazon has announced New World: Aeternum following a leak via the PlayStation Store.

Revealed with a trailer at Summer Game Fest, New World: Aeternum is the new version of Amazon’s MMO coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S, and PC on October 15, 2024. It’s described as an “enhanced experience” that includes all the content from New World on PC, including the full base game and all past updates such as the Rise of the Angry Earth expansion, as well as new content.

New features include New World’s first-ever large-scale player vs. player zone, a challenging 10-player raid, end-game solo trials, an upgraded leveling experience, new character archetypes, and a revamped dialogue system. Amazon said players can now experience Aeternum entirely on their own or with other players through competitive and cooperative online cross-platform play.

New World launched in 2021 on Steam and became a rare video game hit for Amazon. The MMO set in an alternate 1600s America saw huge player numbers on Steam, and is currently the eighth most-played game on Valve’s platform all-time with a whopping 913,634 peak concurrents. Player numbers have declined since that peak, however, with Steam concurrents hovering around the 10,000 mark in recent weeks.

Here’s the official blurb:

In New World: Aeternum, shipwrecked explorers wash ashore and set out to forge their destiny on the supernatural island of Aeternum, a world filled with danger and opportunity. Combat in New World: Aeternum is skill-based and dynamic, incorporating swords, guns, and magic for a complex and satisfying experience, whether in head-to-head fights against the cursed creatures of Aeternum, or large-scale player vs. player battles. Players can fully customize the look, skills, and abilities of their character, as each gathered plant, tanned hide, slain foe, or completed quest shapes their journey and increases their character’s power and skill. The vibrant world, compelling narrative, rich crafting mechanics, classless character development, and real-time action-combat system in New World: Aeternum can provide hundreds of hours of play for solo and multiplayer adventurers alike.

Amazon insisted New World: Aeternum “has been specifically designed for consoles” with complete feature parity for PC players. Enhancements include target locking and aim assist, virtual cursor, controller navigation, and accessibility features.

New World: Aeternum will be available digitally on PS5, Xbox Series X and S, and Steam for $59.99. The Deluxe Edition, available for $79.99, includes a Bear mount and armor skin. PC players who have already bought New World and the Rise of the Angry Earth expansion get access to all that New World: Aeternum offers on PC at no extra cost, starting at launch on October 15.

Other upcoming Amazon Games titles include the next major entry in the Tomb Raider series, developed by Crystal Dynamics, and Throne and Liberty, developed by NCSoft. Amazon also signed a deal to publish a new AAA driving game developed by a team led by the former Forza Horizon 5 creative director.

Wesley is the UK News Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @wyp100. You can reach Wesley at wesley_yinpoole@ign.com or confidentially at wyp100@proton.me.

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