Barring any surprise announcements or a sudden comeback for Crucible, it seems Amazon Game Studios's lineup for 2020 is going dark. Today, the team at Amazon Orange County announced another delay for its MMO New World. Instead of launching in August as planned, it's being pushed all the way out to next spring.
New World was already delayed once earlier this year. Back in April, shortly before it was set to enter a closed beta ahead of a May launch, New World's release date was pushed out to August 25 due to COVID-19. Pandemic disruptions aside, it's much the same story again now only with a longer delay. Instead of opening up the closed beta in July, that too has been pushed out to spring of 2021.
"We want our players to feel completely immersed in the game, and know that our studio stands for quality and lasting gameplay you can trust—and that means added time to get things where we want them before we fully release," writes Rich Lawrence, Studio Director at Amazon Orange County. "We don't make the decision lightly, and we have urgency about getting the game to you as quickly as possible at the best quality—with some additions that will make the experience even better."
The two delays add up to about a year of added development time following the mixed reception to New World's alpha and Amazon Orange County's subsequent change of course. With its competitive shooter Crucible having gone from an officially launched title back into a closed beta period, it looks like Amazon has decided that this won't be its big debut year in games after all.