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New World: Aeternum

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X
Genre: RPG/Action
Developer: Amazon Game Studios
Release Date: Oct. 15, 2024

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'New World: Aeternum' Confidential Console Closed Beta Coming In July, Accepting Sign-ups

by Rainier on June 13, 2024 @ 4:56 p.m. PDT

New World: Aeternum is a content-rich action/RPG featuring real-time combat and set in a vast and mysterious world where players have the freedom to choose how they shape their adventure.

In New World: Aeternum, shipwrecked explorers wash ashore and set out to forge their destiny on the supernatural island of Aeternum, a world filled with danger and opportunity. Combat in New World: Aeternum is skill-based and dynamic, incorporating swords, guns, and magic for a complex and satisfying experience, whether in head-to-head fights against the cursed creatures of Aeternum, or large-scale player vs. player battles. Players can fully customize the look, skills, and abilities of their character, as each gathered plant, tanned hide, slain foe, or completed quest shapes their journey and increases their character’s power and skill. The vibrant world, compelling narrative, rich crafting mechanics, classless character development, and real-time action-combat system in New World: Aeternum can provide hundreds of hours of play for solo and multiplayer adventurers alike.

New World: Aeternum has been specifically designed for consoles, with complete feature parity for PC players and cross-play functionality. Players will enjoy enhancements including target locking and aim assist, virtual cursor, controller navigation and accessibility features, and more.

Console players can discover the delights and dangers of Aeternum for the first time, enjoying an enhanced experience that includes all the content from New World on PC, including the full base game and all past updates including the Rise of the Angry Earth expansion, in addition to a wealth of new content. New World: Aeternum introduces exciting new features for players on all platforms, including New World’s first-ever large-scale player vs. player zone, a challenging 10-player raid, end-game solo trials, an upgraded leveling experience, new character archetypes, a revamped dialogue system, and much more. Players can now experience Aeternum entirely on their own, or with other adventurers, through competitive and cooperative online cross-platform play.

Amazon Games announced a confidential console Closed Beta test for New World: Aeternum on July 11 at 9AM PT through July 17 at 9AM PT on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X |S. 

This invite-only cross-play test will let console players in North America and Europe customize a character, experiment with unique weapons, and explore vast, supernatural zones before New World: Aeternum releases on October 15. Players will also have the opportunity to try end-game content.

Greetings, Adventurers!

We’re excited to invite players on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S to the mysterious island of Aeternum for a Confidential Console Closed Beta on July 11 at 9 a.m. PT through July 17 at 9 a.m. PT. This invite-only cross-play test will let console players in North America and Europe customize a character, experiment with unique weapons, and explore vast, supernatural zones before New World: Aeternumreleases on Oct. 15. Players will also have the opportunity to try end-game content.

Sign up now for a chance to participate! Players selected for the Confidential Console Closed Beta will be notified via email in the days leading up to the start of the test.

To help us deliver the best possible experience at launch, we'll review large-scale simultaneous new player onboarding, plus participant feedback on the first-time user experience and endgame open-world features. We want to hear your feedback on as many features and systems as possible, so please share your thoughts.

This is a confidential playtest of New World: Aeternum on console and your participation in this prerelease test is subject to the Non-Disclosure Agreement in Section 2.8 of our Terms of Use. By participating, you agree to keep it strictly confidential. You may not disclose, in any form, content from this playtest. This means no streaming, posting of videos, or sharing images from this prerelease version of the game. Any breach of confidentiality will be treated seriously.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Confidential Console Closed Beta:

  • Will players be able to pre-download the build before the start of the Confidential Console Closed Beta?
    • Players who are accepted into the beta will be able to download the build starting on July 9 at 9 a.m. PT.
      • Note: The game servers will be in maintenance mode until the beta starts on July 11 at 9 a.m. PT.
  • Will PC players be able to participate in the Confidential Console Closed Beta?
    • The Confidential Console Closed Beta will not be available on PC. Because console platforms are new to New World: Aeternum, we need detailed performance data that is specific to the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 platforms. As we get closer to the October 15 launch of New World: Aeternum, there will be a testing opportunity for PC players to get their hands on the game before it launches. Stay tuned for more information.
  • Will Xbox and PlayStation players be able to play together during the Confidential Console Closed Beta?
    • Yes. Console to console cross-play will be available during the Confidential Console Closed Beta.
  • Will an online subscription for Xbox and PlayStation be required to play in the Confidential Console Closed Beta?
    • Players will not need an online subscription for either platform to participate in the Confidential Console Closed Beta.
  • Is there any content not available during the Confidential Console Closed Beta?
    • The Hive of Gorgons Raid, Leaderboards, in-game Store, and Season Pass will not be accessible during the Confidential Console Closed Beta. Players will also not be able to purchase Marks of Fortune.
  • Will progression from the Confidential Console Closed Beta carry over to the full release?
    • No. All progression from the Confidential Console Closed Beta will be wiped prior to launch.
  • What languages will the Confidential Console Closed Beta be localized into?
    • The Confidential Console Closed Beta will have full English text and voice overs.
    • All other languages will have partial localization consistent with what is in the current PC version. Full non-English language localization parity will be in the full release.
  • Are Confidential Console Closed Beta codes region-specific?
    • For Xbox, Confidential Console Closed Beta codes can be redeemed in any region globally.
    • For PlayStation, Confidential Console Closed Beta codes are region-specific and can only be redeemed in the following countries:
      • North America: USA and Canada.
      • Europe: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Malta, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.

The Deluxe Edition, available for $79.99, includes a Bear mount and armor skin so players can traverse Aeternum with speed and style.

Console players who pre-order on the PlayStation and Xbox storefronts, and all PC players who log in to New World now through Oct. 14, 2024, will receive the Azoth Stalker wolf mount. PC players who have already purchased New World and the Rise of the Angry Earth expansion will have access to all that New World: Aeternum offers on PC at no extra cost at launch.


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