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Amazon’s New World MMO wants to be the next World of Warcraft — can it?

New World is an upcoming MMO developed by Amazon Studios. I need to mention this right up front, because New World is also the name for a thousand other things, from a disappointing Terrence Malick film to a sizable chunk of the Western hemisphere. It’s kind of a vague name, so perhaps it’s fitting, then, that it’s hard to pin down the specifics of what New World hopes to achieve.

Tom’s Guide recently had an opportunity to see an extended hands-off press demo of New World. On the one hand, it looks like a competent MMO, which will let you team up with friends and tackle tough foes in difficult dungeons. On the other hand, it has a generic quality that doomed earlier Amazon Games projects. New World could be the title that breaks the trend, of course, but it will have to do something very special between now and its launch on August 31 to lure players away from more popular MMOs, such as World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV.

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New World hands-on, minus the hands-on

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