Amazon recently began holding a closed beta test for its new massively multiplayer online role-playing game New World. The tests ran from July 20th through August 2nd.
The game had a successful beta testing round, hitting a peak of 200K simultaneous players on July 25th. The game reported 150K daily users.
While reviews for the title were popular, a unique problem did arise. According to PC Gamer, some testers reported that running New World would “brick” their high-end video cards, “somehow killing GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards.”
EVGA Corporation, the company that makes Nvidia-GPU-based video cards, announced that all GeForce RTX 3090s that were killed would be replaced by the company. “Yes, all failed 3090’s are being replaced,” a spokesman told PC Gamer.
“We have implemented an update to reduce GPU load in menu screens by clamping FPS,” reads a post on the New World forums. “this does not affect settings in-game world available via the Settings/Video menu!”
The Profit‘s Take:
New World is a great game. Some things need tweaking. There has to be good end-game content. They also need to improve the PvP combat system. There is work that has to be done, but all the pieces are there for it to be successful. Combine this with the scandal going on around Activision-Blizzard, and you quickly realize that World of Warcraft is in serious danger.