Update April 9: This article has been getting a lot of traffic from search engines recently, so please be aware that this is an old article from December 2019 when the release date and details about beta were first revealed. As of today, the beta and release have both been delayed. More details here. We do not know the exact start date of the New World closed beta, but as soon as it is officially announced, you will find it on our frontpage! Also follow us on Twitter or join Discord for instant news updates!
New World Pre-Orders just went live on Steam after the countdown ended, and the store page reveals quite a few new details.
Most importantly, we now know that a Closed Beta is starting in April 2020, with release later in 2020!
The game comes in two digital editions. Pre-ordering either one of them will give you the following bonuses:
Closed Beta access Secure access to the Closed Beta in April 2020. Isabella’s amulet Equip Isabella’s amulet to gain additional constitution to weather attacks, and deal additional damage against certain types of supernatural enemies. Unique title Proudly display your “Expedition One” title as part of the initial wave of explorers to hit Aeternum’s shores. Emote Greet your fellow adventurers with the Fist Bump emote. Guild crest set Three unique guild crests featuring axes, muskets, and armor.
If you go for the Digital Deluxe Edition, you will also get the following:
Woodsman armor skin Stand out from the crowd or blend in with the forest with the Woodsman armor skin. Woodsman boarding axe skin Complete the Woodsman look with this skin for the versatile boarding axe. Mastiff house pet Make your house a home with the Mastiff house pet. Access to housing unlocks at level 20 in-game. Rock/Paper/Scissors emote set Rock, Paper, Scissors, a light-hearted game with friends or a tool for making difficult decisions. New World digital art book A collection of incredible concept art from the making of New World.
This also pretty much confirms personal housing to be in the game.
You can also compare the two versions on the official website, which just added a section for the pre-orders.
Over the weekend we've brought two new features live: Our very own devtracker and a discord bot to go with it!
Both are still very much in "beta", but are already usable.
Our devtracker so far aggregates posts from the official New World Twitter account. We'll soon add other communities to it, such as Facebook or forums, whenever they become available for the public.
And to make it easier for you to get the latest news and dev posts, we've also developed and published a Discord bot! If you add our bot to your server, you can set a channel where it will let you know as soon as anything of interest has been posted by the devs or on our website.
Feel free to hop on our Discord to leave some feedback or if you need help setting up the bot.
The official New World Twitter account tweeted in response to fan questions, confirming once again that they are still working on the game and that development is not affected by their LOTR MMO.
Hello, We are still very much alive and working hard to build new features and content based on all the great feedback we received during our Alpha Test. We have been radio silent until we have exciting new things to share, rather than build a bunch of hype fatigue. (source)
New World and the announced LOTR MMO will both be made in the same studio, but by separate teams. It will not draw resources from New World's development. (source)
Sounds like we still have to wait a bit longer for more concrete news about the game.
We're still hard at work setting up the website - just like AGS is on the game!
You will already be able to find the latest news for New World here, whenever we hear something. When the game launches we will provide you with up-to-date guides and tools. If you want to be part of the testing phases once Alpha and Beta resume, head over to https://newworld.com and sign up!
Please pardon the dust in the meantime and make sure to check back soon!