The first few weeks since the release of New World have been extremely bumpy. The server rush, which is almost obligatory for long-awaited online titles, and which brought numerous worlds to their knees for many hours right before the launch, is still the tip of the iceberg. Expolits and other problems quickly caused the first cracks in the players’ reputation.
Now headlines are making the rounds by dramatic losses in player numbers to report. Of course, such reports quickly take on a life of their own, and there is already talk of New Worlds approaching end, of the slide into insignificance. But as is so often the case, it is worth classifying the numbers.
One of the biggest mistakes New World has made? Listen to the players! At least that’s the opinion of Elena. You can find out what she means by this in her column:
New World should never have listened to the players
What about New World?
Let us first come to the data basis for the figures collected: The open platform was used here Steam Charts, which show a history of the number of players over the past 30 days. Here you can already see at first glance that, in fact, significantly fewer players have recently logged into the servers:
Unsurprisingly, the current all-time high dates from the first few days after the launch. Over 900,000 players wanted to explore the new world. Since then, the daily number of players has been constantly down, a somewhat larger drop can roughly be made out around October 18, 2021.
The 24-hour high is currently just over 400,000. So the loss of half a million players is correct in terms of the numbers. But what is the reason for the loss, and is it really that bad omen?
Without a doubt, New World should have been one of the most anticipated games of 2021. In the form of this video we will explain to you whether it can live up to these great expectations:
How good is New World really now?
The hype is over, but that’s normal
Basically, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the initial hype surrounding New World is slowly but surely subsiding a good month after the release. That’s one with MMOs completely normal fatewhich overtook most of the other genre colleagues as well – with the exception of maybe World of Warcraft in 2005, which also enjoyed the advantage of being the first player on the field.
It will be interesting to see how the numbers develop in the coming months, when the technical problems have been fixed and perhaps the first major content updates have already been published. The last point in particular plays an important role in this matter, as it cannot be ruled out that many of the lost players return againas soon as new content is submitted and the mood in the community improves again.
Because even though we are in GameStar Test hold on to our devaluation, are still around 74 percent of all 140,000 user reviews positive. And precisely those positively-minded users play hard to themselves: Currently, New World is still that after CS: GO, Dota 2 and PUBG most played game on Steam. Our New World experts Elena, Julius and Simon “Entenburg” also analyzed in the podcast that something has to change in the MMO if it is to survive in the long term:
Link to Podcast content
If you’re still loyal to New World anyway, you might be interested in how to get the most out of your character. We have prepared a whole range of practical guides that will help you on your travels:
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The bare numbers cannot represent what people think. Therefore, at the end of the day, we would like to know from you how your motivation around New World is going. Do you still have a lot of fun with the game, or are you already out of breath? And what would have to happen for you to get back on board? Let us know in the comments!