Amazon showed off "New World," its new massively multiplayer online video game, with a cinematic trailer during the 2019 Game Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
Amazon's in-house development studio, Amazon Games, has been working on "New World" for more than three years, and it will be the young studio's first major release when it launches in May 2020.
"New World" is an open-world adventure game set in the 17th century's "Age of Exploration." Players will explore an uncharted fictional island called Aeternum that's home to savage wildlife, mythical creatures, and fellow settlers. Dark magic flows beneath the soil of Aeterneum, haunting the wilderness and possessing the island's inhabitants over time.
Players can work together to discover the Aeternum's secrets and expand their colonial settlements on the island. Up to 100 players can fight side by side to defend their settlements against the island's supernatural forces, or other invading players. Earlier this year, Amazon offered a short preview of "New World" to members of the press.
Unlike traditional online role-playing games like "World of Warcraft," Amazon's "New World" will have more action-oriented combat. Learning how to wield weapons and position yourself on the battlefield will be just as important as improving your character's statistics. Characters won't be stuck in a specific class either, so every player will have access to the same types of skills and equipment as they progress through the game.
Over time, players will work to establish a personal home on Aeternum and fortify the existing settlements. The game will include a detailed crafting system that lets players construct all sorts of new items and upgrades, with no limit on how much players can increase their crafting skills.
"New World" is ultimately a game about survival and exploration, and Amazon wants players to feel immersed in the world of Aeternum. Just like popular MMOs like "World of Warcraft" and "Final Fantasy XIV," players will be able to spend hundreds of hours adventuring through "New World."
"We want our players to feel the depth — and the danger — of 'New World' from the moment they step onto the shores of Aeternum in May 2020," Christoph Hartmann, vice president of Amazon Games, said in a statement. "Our team has been working tirelessly to create a deep, immersive world that delivers challenges and surprises at every turn, and we're so excited to reveal a bit more of it today."
Amazon Games is based in Orange County, California, and employs industry veterans with past experience building massively multiplayer online games like "Destiny," "World of Warcraft," and "Everquest."
Preorders for "New World" are available now for $40, or $50 for the deluxe edition. Players who preorder will get early access to the game along with some special unlockable gifts to use in game. A closed beta for "New World" will open in April 2020 and the full game will launch in May 2020.