In spite of it being developed by one of the biggest and richest companies on the planet, New World has been having teething problems. Upon its release, over 700,000 players dove into the alternate historical setting, and this proved too much for the servers to handle. Each server only allowed for 2,000 players to be online at any given time, leading to long queue times.
Amazon Games installed more servers and raised the player count limit in response, but then the game was inadvertently bricking spenny graphics cards. This was theorised to be due to the lack of an FPS limit in the menu screens, thereby surging the frame rate to over 9,000 frames per second if you decided to change the settings, for example. Not ideal.
So, this headline is only the latest in a series of unfortunate events surrounding New World. Well, it is doing a bit better than Crucible did, which was Amazon Games' previous multiplayer title with a sci-fi setting. And it's definitely doing a lot better than Breakaway, the multiplayer brawler that came before Crucible. Are you seeing a pattern? Me neither.
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Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek has been playing a lot of New World for his Twitch audience. A lot. Since its launch on September 28th, the streamer has racked up more than 140 hours in the game and gains about a thousand followers per hour with every New World adventure. You can see why he's wanting to explore every inch of the game, but no one was expecting a literal explosion in his October 6th stream.
Trying to figure out my power issue after the surge last night. May or may not stream tonight.... one things for sure though the grind for new world don't STOP!- Michael Grzesiek (@shroud) October 5, 2021
Six hours into the stream, Shroud suddenly disappeared, with the broadcast showing a standard Twitch error screen. Some minutes passed and he returned to explain what had gone wrong. It was his uninterruptible power supply (or UPS) that had gone up in smoke while he was playing New World and streaming.
"That was f**king crazy. I have never had a UPS explode like that before, that was crazy, that was cool," he said, seemingly unconcerned with the possibility of further damage or, like, hazards to his life. "It scared the s**t out of me, but it was cool."
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