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Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

New World is an online role-playing game where you colonise fictional land modelled after 1600s colonial America in the Atlantic Ocean. The world is persistent and accommodates 1000s of players to create a living breathing eco-system in MMO (Masively Multiplayer Online) style.

You are shipwrecked on a supernatural island corrupted by an ancient power. You start by choosing your geographical region and start out playing solo or with real world friends. Your character can be customised before entering the game at level one.

As you progress you can team up with up to 5 other players and join factions (Marauders, Syndicate, and Covenant). Using resources to craft items and win battles you gain control over settlements. Azarath is the magical currency in the game. Collecting it gives you more powers and abilities. It makes things both more beautiful and more deadly. There are quests to take on that further develop your abilities, or you can explore the sandbox at your own pace, encountering other players and monsters.

But as well as collecting things and winning battles, how you play will affect how your character develops. There is no class system. Your approach is determined by your skill and equipment. If you want to be the best blacksmith or fighter, you need to put time in practising that activity.

The game's currency is gold coins that can be traded for items they salvage. You need currency to repair equipment after battles as well as purchase better weapons. You can purchase and furnish housing that help you recover as well as travel quickly between properties you own.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 31/08/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: Amzn Game Studios (@AmznGameStudios)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 40 hours and 50 hours to complete. Many players will enjoy this game for 1000's of hours online due to its massive multiplayer format.
 
Players: You can play this with 1000 players online. The main player-versus-player battle see two teams of 50 players take on each other. Outpost Rush sees teams of 20 fight for control of outposts. Expeditions are 5 player dungeons with enemies and puzzles.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online. This game offers players the opportunity to purchase in-game items, in the form of clothing, armour, weapon skins, character animation emotes, and personal housing customization. New World has an in-client store which is accessible from the main menus. Players can spend real world money on in-game currency, and then use that in-game currency to unlock a range of customizable options. There are revolving featured products, time limited offers, and bundles available for purchase with in-game currency as well, which some parents or carers may want to be aware of.

There are different versions available:
  • Limited Edition New World Steelbook - Collector’s map of Aeternum, Woodsman armour skin. Woodsman hatchet skin. Mastiff house pet. Access to housing unlocks at level 20 in-game. Rock/Paper/Scissors emote set. Rock, Paper, Scissors. New World digital art book. A collection of incredible concept art from the making of New World.
  • New World Deluxe Edition - Woodsman armour skin Woodsman hatchet skin. Mastiff house pet. Access to housing unlocks at level 20 in-game. Rock/Paper/Scissors emote set. New World digital art book. A collection of incredible concept art from the making of New World.
  • New World Standard Edition

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 because it features strong and sustained depictions of violence. This game features strong violence, involving the use of a variety of realistic weapons, including swords, spears, axes, bows and muskets, but also magical weapons. When human characters are struck, they make pained sounds and blood effects are used to indicate damage. Human characters fall to the ground once their health is depleted. The game also includes use of bad language ('*!@?*' and '*!@?*').
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our New World Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@AmznGameStudios) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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