Amazon’s New World Launch Is Massively Popular, Despite Server Issues
Amazon Game Studios may be known for short-lived misses like Crucible and a cancelled Lord of the Rings game, but it appears the developer’s latest swing has decidedly landed a massive hit. As the big launch of Amazon’s New World takes hold, the fantasy MMO looks to have earned a sizeable player base in the span of its first day, with upwards of 707,000 concurrent players logging during the game’s day-one peak.
This amazing data arrives by way of SteamDB, which shows New World held a very impressive player count of 707,230 at around 10 a.m. PT earlier today. The listing also shows total Twitch viewership climbed even higher, topping out at 985,738 viewers around that same time. To put matters in perspective, the launch day of New World brought the Amazon title up to 5th overall in the all-time peak of concurrent players and is now the biggest Steam release of 2021.
Queue simulator New World beats Valheim’s concurrent players peak and takes the 5th spot of all-time records with over 500,000 players.
— SteamDB (@SteamDB) September 28, 2021
Despite launching straight to the top of the charts, day one of New World hasn’t exactly happened without a hitch. Likely due to its high volume of players, the game is experiencing massive server issues throughout the day, with many players enduring lengthy queue times or failing to enter the game at all. A peek at the “mixed” Steam reviews for New World appears to tell the tale, as thousands of negative reviews decry days-long wait times, 12,000-player queues, and insufficient player caps.
In an update posted to the New World website, it appears that Amazon is now preparing to take action. The team was assured to be “working hard on a few things” to mitigate ongoing issues, as they work to expand server capacity and prepare for them to be “properly tested.” With the goal to “get everyone logging in and playing quickly,” the devs will also offer players the opportunity to “relocate their characters to a new server of their choice” free of charge, sometime “in the next two weeks.”
“We appreciate your patience as the New World community grows and encourage you to solidify your long-term server plans for you and your Company. Thanks for your support! We can’t wait to see you in Aeternum.”
New World is available now on PC.
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