You might have seen over the past couple of days that Amazon's upcoming MMO New World has enjoyed a very successful Beta on PC, hitting a whopping 200,000 concurrent players on Steam over the weekend.
And if you were wondering if there was any possibility of New World ever making it to an Xbox console, we're going to be the bearers of bad news and confirm what you probably feared - it seems very unlikely.
Here's what the development team had to say about this topic earlier this year:
It appears to be a very definitive statement, as does the brief bit of text on the website which also states New World will "only be available on PC", and the game won't even fully support controllers at launch in late August.
Interestingly, Amazon has remained tight-lipped about whether New World will be playable on its Luna cloud gaming service, which is a competitor to Xbox Cloud Gaming, but you have to imagine it'll get on there eventually.
Do you wish New World was coming to Xbox, or are you not bothered? Let us know in the comments.
console platforms are better off with out the game new world. after viewing some live playthroughs. it looks very repetitive and in need of much optimization . it will most likely have a short lived player base on PC. there for has no replayablity value
Oh, no!! Anyway... (no, I can't think of anything more to say).
Not sour grapes.... I wouldn't have played it on Xbox anyway... I also have a PC, won't be playing it there either. 🤷🏻♂️
"Popular MMO not coming to consoles"
I mean, hasn't that been the norm since 1995? Playstation never had Everquest, and it's a Sony game.... WoW the most popular MMO of all time never made it to any console. I still think Amazon foraging into running an MMO is a bit....weird? But it's not surprising it won't come to PC no matter how popular it is.
Console players are lucky to have several MMOs available. Once upon a time that never would have happened.
Heck, Microsoft bought Zenimax (they didn't buy Bethesda, that just came with the deal), which ONLY makes MMOs. Exactly one of those is on Xbox, and that's likely the only one that will ever be on Xbox.
Amazon? No thanks, hard pass.
It looks like a good game, but c'est la vie. Even if I had all the gaming platforms at my disposal — which unfortunately I do not — there isn't enough time in the day to play all the good games out there.
Sucks for the people that wanted it.
For the other 99.8% of us, plenty of games.
@SplooshDmg ESO is a ton of fun. Really enjoying my time with that game once I learned all the nuances. Tons of lore, really beautiful set pieces and very accessible.
@SplooshDmg @Halucigens I need to get back to ESO now that the Series update is out. I loved that game, great co-op. I don't even like MMO's but that one's a better single player TES game than Fallout76 is as a Fallout game. Tons of solo content to do in a fantastic TES. Since I'm not even hugely fond of the world of Skyrim and find the environments better in other realms, I actually like it as a solo TES better than Skyrim.
Then other games play I will.
@NEStalgia Heck, Microsoft bought Zenimax (they didn't buy Bethesda, that just came with the deal), which ONLY makes MMOs. Exactly one of those is on Xbox, and that's likely the only one that will ever be on Xbox.
MS bought Zenimax Media, a publisher that owns Bethesda AND Zenimax Online Studios. Zenimax Media does not develop games.
ZOS was created specifically to work on Elder Scrolls online, other than live content development for Fallout 76, they have not made any other MMOs, much less “own” Bethesda. It’s their youngest studio.
Side note: not extremely relevant for the topic but don’t forget there did end up being 3 Everquest games for PlayStation 2, one of them a full console exclusive MMO (that sadly was canceled too early.)
Anyways, there are tons of console MMOs. Neverwinter, Black Desert Online, ESO, Final Fantasy XIV, Star Trek Online, Phantasy Star Online, know I’m missing at least one other big one.
End of the day, MMOs not making it on console is mostly an issue of control/input. Too many MMO devs make horrendous UI and input designs that are next to impossible to translate into controller play.
Cracking. I don't think I'd download it even if it came to Gamepass.
@SplooshDmg True story. I preordered FO76. Played it that night. Never ever launched it again. Not once. Maybe they made it not suck so horrifically but that empty MMO sandbox with no real quests, mutants spawning in thin air and chasing you inside the safe zones, no NPCs other than text terminals. I don't think I can ever see 76 as anything more than that. It's like getting a dead mouse in your turkey sandwich. You may know the next turkey sandwich won't have dead mice in them.....but you still never order the turkey sandwich ever again....
And yeah, escaping Gamebryo is the single best thing about TESO. But I do still feel it's less MMO and more TES. I was obsessed with Oblivion, and if you ignore everyone else running around the world, and aren't a crafting maven, it's basically more Oblivion. And that's such a good thing!
@Tharsman Good point abut Media versus Online Studios. that said ZOS makes several MMOs, IIRC, but you never hear about most of them. It's been a while and I remember little about what else they did, though.
FFXIV is pretty much the epitome of horrible MMO control schemes. They say it'll come to Xbox eventually. After realizing it's the only reason the Dual Shock 4 trackpad probably exists, I almost can't imagine how. The track pad makes it marginally playable on PS. On Xb it might as well require a mouse.
Eh, ESO and FFXIV are better as far as more traditional mmorpgs. What we need is an mmo that's more designed for console. Destiny was a step in the right direction but those games don't really do what a game made for these new gen consoles could do.
@NEStalgia although I have not played it in a while, I have players FFXIV a LOT. The controller scheme was designed with consoles in mind. It works perfectly on a PS4 and did too on a PS3, nothing to do with the trackpad. On PC, I always played with an Xbox controller. Really wish it was ported to Xbox but might end up just picking it up again now that I finally got a PS5.
The cross bar controller layout is perfect, in my opinion, and I have never once used the trackpad on that game. I played rather hardcore all the way to Stormbringers finale.
I honestly would love to know what other MMOs you think Zenimax OS makes. Even their own website only shows EOS and only makes mention of some unannounced project.
BTW, it was not in reply to me but funny enogh I also preordered and played day one EOS and never launched it again. It was a terrible game at launch, and soloing was definitively not a goal at launch. That game was drastically changed to the point I been tempted to try it again, so would not be shocked if the same holds true for FO76.
@SplooshDmg Yeah I like fallout 76 too. I only jumped into ESO and 76 when I got my X series. I know there is hate for both games mostly 76 but they work great now. Lots of story, lots of content, and all for one subscription. I bought the black wood CE that came with all the other expansions to play with my partner. Both games feel like you can play them how you want solo, coop, whatever build you please. Both are much better then other MMOs I’ve played. As much as I hear about Final Fantasy 14, the trial period did not bite me and I swore off MMOs. Until WoW classic and then again until ESO and 76 and New Genesis. But final fantasy to me hasn’t been the same since they went 3D. I grew up with 1 on the NES and have tried a lot of the newer ones. Not my cup of tea.
@SplooshDmg yea, DAOC guy tried to turn ESO at launch into DAOC 2, RvR pvp splitting the world land masses based on faction and swearing everything would be awesome and prayers would love it and what not.
Turned into garbage pvp we’re everyone just turtles to heal and I feel it almost went down a Final Fantasu XIV 1.0 path where they had to reinvent the game (without the shutdown part) into a PvE focused game that leverage lore and content to appeal to anyone.
And yes it is my understanding they were founded for this. A friend of mine worked there and even on the interview they refused to tell them what they were hiring for until they got past NDA signings.
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