Amazon’s MMO New World has become incredibly popular, ahead of its launch. The game’s beta has gathered over 200,000 concurrent players on Steam.
According to SteamDB, New World had hit an all-time peak of 200,856 concurrent players on Steam over the weekend. New World closed beta kicked off on July 20 and the concurrent player count peaked just days later on July 25. This comes as a great news for Amazon Games after reports about struggles with internal management, cancelled projects, “bro culture,” and in-house game engine.
Amazon’s Relentless Studios launched a free-to-play multiplayer third-person shooter called Crucible back in May 2020. However, the game wasn’t received well by fans and critics alike. It had an all-time peak of 25,145 concurrent players and Amazon decided to shut down the Crucible servers in November 2020. The studio said the dev team was “moving on to work on New World and other Amazon Games projects.”
Players who want access to New World closed beta can sign up via its official website for a chance to get access or pre-order the game on Steam. The New World closed beta will be available until August 2 and the game is set to launch on August 31.
Reports suggest that Amazon Studios is also working on a Lord of the Rings MMO and casual games for Twitch streamers. Mike Frazzini, Amazon’s VP of game services and studios, had said, “The big picture is about trying to take the best of Amazon and bringing it to games. We have been working for a while, but it takes a long time to make games, and we’re bringing a lot of Amazon practices to making games.”