New World, the upcoming fantasy MMO from Amazon, is the latest game to get delayed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Amazon announced today that New World would be entering closed beta in July now, with a new launch date of August 25, 2020.
Originally set for May 2020 with an April closed beta, the studio says it made the decision to delay the release due to its recent shift to remote working. While new info is expectied to arrive eventually, and the currently ongoing alpha will remain open, others will have to wait to jump into the game.
"We hope you understand our decision to protect our team during these uncertain times while we re-focus on a timeline that will ensure New World is the best possible game it can be," said the studio in an announcement blog.
New World had some struggles early on, as it coped with a long development process while other Amazon projects either closed down or disappeared. This year is set to be New World's re-debut, with a new look for the MMO and notable changes from its original alpha phase.
But like many other games, New World has to cope with the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19. Major projects set for this spring, like The Last of Us 2 and Iron Man VR, have been delayed. Even one of gaming's largest trade shows, E3, has been officially canceled due to concerns over COVID-19.
While issues can arise due to the shift to remote working, at least the right choice for employee health is being made. We'll see what New World has in store further down the line on August 25 for PC.