Amazon’s New World Endgame gets harder, makes fans angry

A screenshot of a character using the new Void Gauntlet in the Amazon MMO New World.

The new Void Gauntlet, completely overshadowed by this difficulty nonsense.
Screenshot: Amazon games

Last week “Into The Void” update for Amazon MMO New world introduced a new weapon that players can use, new enemies to conquer and balance changes with the aim of making life a little more fun for explorers on Aeternum Island. Unfortunately, the update also included an undocumented increase in power for elite playoff enemies, making them much harder to kill. Players are dissatisfied and they remove their frustration with negative Steam reviews.

Traditionally, when an MMO developer wants to give his players more of a challenge, it will introduce new areas with harder enemies to defeat. With last week’s “Into The Void” update for New world, Amazon Games took a completely different approach, where they massively breathed existing enemies at a high level. Suddenly, level 60 players who were in control of fighting enemies in the late game experience that they are fighting. Matches take longer than they did before. The developers have fundamentally changed an important part of the playoff experience.

To make matters worse, these late-game balance changes were not explicitly announced as part of the “Into The Void” update, leaving players to figure it out on their own by being assassinated by AI enemies who they previously could handle with relative ease. Plus the difficulty level changes were implemented without solving a problem with low dropout rates in elite treasure chests, so players have to fight harder for the same rewards they fought for prior to the update.

The update went live on Wednesday, November 18th. November 20, Amazon Studios has set up a developer blog formally recognizes and addresses the difficulty increase. According to the developers, the idea was to keep the game challenging compared to newly introduced equipment and equipment.

Recently, changes were made to the elite POIs in the playoff zones, and it is clear to us that the right context was not provided as to why these changes were made. Our goal is to have a number of areas that players can go to to make materials and equipment. But with new equipment and new equipment, we want the players to be challenged.

The post ends with the developers assuring the players that issues around playoff activities and reward balance are being investigated, and that issues with loss rates for elite products on the chest are being investigated. The developers are also exploring the role of expeditions, which are five-man dungeons that require designed objects called tuning orbs to be able to play, which greatly limits the frequency with which players can explore them for advanced gear.

Faced with waiting for changes planned for “the coming months”, New world players are angry and they take their frustration beyond the game via Steam reviews. As ScreenRant reports, a concentrated effort is underway to banks New world from his “Mostly Positive” perch at Valve’s store. Current reviews are listed as “Mixed”, with more than 40 percent of the reviews submitted in the last 30 days negative, with thousands more negative reviews being published in the last four days since the update was released.

A Steam chart showing a large amount of negative reviews for Amazon's New World since the last update went live.

It is not good.
Screenshot: Steam / Kotaku

Between economic problems, cheating, and exploits, Amazon’s historical fantasy MMO has been plagued by issues since its launch back in September. Hopefully, enough of the player base hangs long enough for Amazon Games to make it stick together.

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