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Amazon Delays GPU-Breaking Game 'New World' Until September

Marketing image for Amazon's new world MMORPG
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New World, a game that has generated plenty of attention because of its association with a rash of premature GPU deaths, was originally meant for release in May. However, Amazon had originally delayed the official launch until August, but it is now delaying it until September 28th, 2021.

The New World game, developed by Amazon Games (a game development studio that operates under the retail outfit Amazon.com), is an upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in the 17th century, where players are in charge of colonizing an island that resembles the Americas.

New World has been available in a closed beta, but players have experienced all kinds of hiccups playing the game, with some GPUs even malfunctioning/dying under the load of the game. We've reported on those happenings here, which shows that EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 cards seemed to suffer from the most widespread issues with the game. Amazon later introduced a game update to prevent further GPU issues. 

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the game is the Open 3D Engine (O3DE) developed by the joint effort of Open 3D Foundation, a subsidiary of the Linux Foundation, and Amazon Games. It is the first major new usage of the new open-source game engine, making a big push for open game engines in the industry.

Today, the New World developers announced via Twitter that they are extending the delay. According to the message, the developers will take a few extra weeks to squash any possible bugs and polish the overall experience.  A delayed game is almost always better than a rushed one. It gives developers more time to deliver the best possible experience to millions of gamers from around the globe. As we witnessed with Cyberpunk 2077, it's also more important to polish the game in the wake of bad press before the initial launch.

  • phazeshifta
    Such a stupid headline. Why even mention something that's been patched to fix the issue? I love how you spent 2 paragraphs covering a now non-issue and then 1 brief line at the end of those paragraphs saying its now been fixed.

    Your editor not happy with how short your article was without your clickbait?
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  • husker
    How is it clickbait? It is true and to the point. Nothing wrong with giving some context at the beginning of the article. A clickbait title would be something like: "New World Release Delayed Until When!!!????"
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  • phazeshifta
    Because its a non-issue that has been patched and fixed. The basis of the article is covering something that won't happen.
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  • jasonkaler
    Have they fixed the real issues though?
    Like server scaling, something I thought amazon could get right,
    and a continuous run animation
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  • coolitic
    The New World "dream" died when they removed loot-drop open PvP and replaced it w/ a shoddy, forced faction system. Now it's just "another" MMO w/ somewhat better combat.
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  • khorza
    Wow, I expected a lot better journalism from Tom's Hardware than this. New World didn't break GPUs, the game just exposed a fault with certain cards. The same problem has been replicated in other games. New World also isn't developed in O3DE, it uses Lumberyard. There's a distinction there.
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  • MrHGB
    What an awful headline. You and I both know New World didn't kill any GPUs, the issue was caused by a faulty fan controller on specific models of EVGA cards. If you want clicks, write a good article, don't just spout nonsense and lies.
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  • MrHGB
    coolitic said:
    The New World "dream" died when they removed loot-drop open PvP and replaced it w/ a shoddy, forced faction system. Now it's just "another" MMO w/ somewhat better combat.

    Full loot PvP is extremely niche, the game would have died instantly if they'd stuck with it. There's such a tiny audience interested in it and it's just not viable from a business perspective. What they have now is a very good foundation, not perfect by any means but something they can work with and mould into something profitable and enjoyable. I put 60 hours into the beta and loved it, as someone who has been playing MMOs for nearly 20 years I haven't been this drawn in by a game in a very long time.
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  • Lynxbird
    There is no one that got their Card bricked by New World, it is simply not possible for a Game to do that.

    They just had a Card that was faulty to begin with and the extra stress the game caused gave the card the final blow. So if you don't have a faulty card you don't need to worry.

    There is no Game or Software that can break your Card, besides overclocking of course.

    Here problem was in EVGA 3090/3080 series which was waiting for any heavy load to stop working.

    Title like this may give people wrong idea of what happened, I expected higher standards from tomshardware.
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