In September of 2016, Amazon Game Studios announced that they were working on a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game called New World. The game was meant to loudly announce the technology giant’s entry into the gaming world.
The game, however, had plenty of hiccups upon its 2021 release. There were severe server issues that took a couple of weeks to fix. And the title received primarily average reviews from critics.
Amazon, though, will not be taking the criticism lying down. This week, the gaming studio announced that they would be debuting ‘mutators’ which they believe will significantly improve the player experience.
In a blog post, Amazon explained:
“This system is intended to rotate through a unique combination of Expeditions and Mutations each week, with 10 difficulty levels per Expedition Mutation. Players will be challenged to climb the ladder, with the aim of eventually reaching the max difficulty. However, during this PTR cycle, these rotations will be placed on an accelerated schedule so that everyone will get a chance to play a variety of mutations on several end-game Expeditions.”
The post continued, “We expect higher difficulties to be extremely difficult, and so we will be very interested in group outcomes and scores — especially from those who consider themselves highly competitive or highly skilled. To accommodate for this month’s PTR playtesting, players will be given a starting 600 Gear Score loadout.”
New World is not the only game that Amazon Studios is working on. 2022 will see the North American release of Lost Ark, which took home 6 prizes at the 2019 Korean Game Awards.