Housing is one of the core features in New World and ties in with the crafting system, which lets players craft furniture for their own homes or to sell it on the trading post. A personal house also gives you several advantages such as fast travel or trophy buffs.
In New World, player houses are part of the many settlements that can be found and conquered in the various territories of Aeternum. While the settlement itself can change hands between different factions and companies, players' homes are unaffected by war and Corrupted Invasions.
Houses are semi-instanced in New World, so that multiple players can purchase and use the same house, but they will only be able to enter and manage their own version of it. It is also possible to invite up to 4 other players to your house by inviting them to a group with you.
Purchasing a House
To be able to purchase a house, players must first reach level 20. It's possible to buy an additional house elsewhere in Aeternum once you reach level 40 and a third one at level 60. In addition to the level requirement you also have to reach a certain standing in the territory. You can do this by undertaking missions, quests and town projects, or simple killing monsters.
There are different types of houses, with different sizes and features. For example some houses have gardens or balconies, while others only have a front porch. Of course their location also plays a role, with some being more central and close to important town facilities such as crafting stations. This comes with different costs, so if you want a larger house in a good spot, you better be prepared to pay a premium.
Your first house will cost you around 2000 gold, but you also have a pay a weekly property tax, which can vary depending on the governing company's tax demands. If you fail to pay the upkeep you won't lose your house, but certain features such as redecorating, house recall or trophy buffs will stop working.
New World features hundreds of different furniture items. Most of these can be crafted by players and sold on the trading post. This includes chairs, tables, beds and garden decorations. You will also be able to find rare furniture and trophies while looting mobs and from other rewards.
Some of these trophies can give you powerful buffs if displayed in your home. For example they can improve your crafting skills or make you more powerful in combat against certain types of enemies. There is a maximum limit on how many trophies can be active at once, though, so players will have to make a choice.
Decorations also server another purpose: While your own house instance is private, it's possible for other players to see your house when walking past - but only if you have the best decorated house in that location. This is determined by a ranking system that gives your house a score depending on its decoration and your territory standing. You can even see a list of the highest ranked players for each house. Of course you will always be able to see your own home, but other players can only see it from the outside if you happen to have the highest-ranked house.
Player houses in New World serve as a recall point, so you can fast travel to your home from anywhere in the world. This also makes it important to choose a good location for your houses, because you can only own a certain number. Maybe you prefer to cover a lot of ground and buy a house in every corner of the map? Or you prefer to have one of your houses near a high-level area and another one in the city with the busiest trading post?
While many games add player housing later, New World will already have this feature when it launches on August 25th.