New World: Amazon suggests selling XP Boosts in-game

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Amazon's New World is going through some alpha testing right now, and a proposed feature isn't working well. Leaked patch notes suggested that the MMORPG game could sell some form of in-game XP boost, leading to considerable backlash.

A screengrab purportedly of the NDA-restricted alpha began circulating on Reddit on May 13, describing a “premium coin shop”. The shop would provide cosmetic products and "may sell quality of life items or incentives that will help players improve time spent to increase their character's level and experience in trading skills." That last part raised concerns about a pay-to-win, or otherwise unbalanced, play structure due to experience boosters.

Recurring feedback led to a letter from studio director Rich Lawrence on Twitter (which can be seen in the image below), explaining that, for now, "all items in the store at launch will be purely cosmetic in nature." However, this is not always the case. “Looking ahead, we will also be testing ideas on how to offer players quality of life items for mechanics like XP and fast travel, both available in-game and in the store,” writes Lawrence. “The more players that are able to reach our exciting final content and game modes, the healthier the overall gaming experience will be for all players.”

Source: Official New World game Twitter
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That didn't go down too well, and the New World team has been trying to clarify in the responses. "It's not about getting people to the endgame," the official New World Twitter account said in response to a skeptical tweet. "It's about supporting people who don't have as much time to play and helping them get to the final game with the time available."

“MMOs require a tremendous investment of time that not everyone has available,” explains another response from New World. “Incentives can be a way for someone who doesn’t have time to make the most of their time, can play and support the game and the community in another way.”

This divided viewers, some not immediately liking the idea and some praising the option. One suggestion is to implement similar boosts to World of Warcraft, giving them a considerable amount of time in the New World life so that other balance issues have been resolved and there is already a dedicated player base.

Amazon's New World was delayed, again, to February, now slated for an August release.

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