The New World Heart of Madness update arriving later this month will bring the Blunderbuss weapon with Strength/Intelligence scale, as well as the Tempest Heart expedition, 3v3 PvP arenas and expanded PvP rewards.
The video primarily covers the Heart of Madness update, with a special focus on the expedition’s focus on the character Isabella, previously found in the Dynasty Shipyard Expedition. The video was clearer in detail about the changes in PvP, and we’ll have to see how they play out in the game itself.
The summer will see another new expedition, the pirate-themed Barnacles and Black Powder, along with the introduction of an LFG tool for expeditions and an as-yet-unrevealed summer event.
The biggest additions are coming in the fall, around the one-year anniversary of the New World. The world map will be expanded with the Brimstone Sands region, and players will have access to another new weapon with its own moveset and skill trees: the Greatsword. The fall update will also add another new expedition, Ennead, as well as leaderboards and two events: Nightvale Hallow and Turkulon 2022.
This all seems like a welcome addition to the New World, but it doesn’t seem likely to address the underlying issues identified by PC Gamer’s resident New World expert Fraser Brown in your review and 2022 game state part as declining server populations and instability in the game economy.
Any popular posts at the game subreddit keep asking for more server merges to maximize the game’s signed player base. Additionally, the focus on PvE expeditions in the 2022 updates doesn’t seem to be affecting New World’s strengths in its PvP or the player-driven economy that, while flawed, remains a unique draw. After an impressive launch (the biggest in terms of concurrent players for a game on Steam in 2021) and an equally massive decline in player counts, New World may still be struggling to find the pace that some long-running mid-tier MMOs do. , like Guild Wars 2 or Star Wars: the Old Republic managed to get it right.