Note, the New World launch date has been changed from 8/31 to 9/28 and has been updated within this article.
As we prepare for our September 28 launch, we’re eager to welcome players to the shores of Aeternum during our Closed Beta test. We’re excited to share all the new features and content we’ve added since the Preview Event last summer, such as beautiful and dangerous new Territories, Expeditions, Outpost Rush, new weapons, and many more quests, adventures, and activities for players to experience throughout the world. We’re proud of the changes and updates to New World, and we want your help to make it the best it can be. We would like to invite eligible participants to play New World and share their experiences and feedback during the Closed Beta.
Expect a message from Game Director Scot Lane on July 20 at 9:00AM PT (4:00PM UTC) with information about the updates and changes made to New World and what you’ll experience in Closed Beta. Make sure to follow our Twitch channel and stay tuned for news on our first Developer livestream closer to launch.
The New World Closed Beta begins July 20 at 9:30AM PT (4:30PM UTC) and will continue until August 2 at 11:59M PT (6:59AM UTC).
Closed Beta Eligibility & Access
Players are eligible to participate in the Closed Beta through three methods: you can sign up for the chance to get into Closed Beta or you can pre-order the game on either Amazon or Steam to secure access.
We will randomly select participants from the tester sign-up page at regular intervals throughout Closed Beta. If you've signed up, be sure to check your email throughout the testing period to see if you receive an invite.
Players who pre-order on Amazon by July 17 at 11:59PM PT (6:59AM UTC) will receive an invite on July 19. Pre-orders on Amazon after July 17 will receive an invite up to 48 hours after order confirmation.
If you have been invited to the Closed Beta through the tester sign-up page or pre-ordered on Amazon, you will receive a Steam Key that can be redeemed through your Steam Library. If you need instructions for activating a key in Steam, please follow the link here for more information. Once your key is redeemed you should see "New World Closed Beta" in your Steam Game Library to download. From there, you should be able to log in and play during the duration of the Closed Beta.
Players who pre-order on Steam will automatically receive access to the Closed Beta and “New World Closed Beta” will appear in your Steam Game Library.
Closed Beta FAQ
What regions is the Closed Beta available in?
The Closed Beta servers will be available in the North America, Europe, Australia and Brazil.
What languages is the Closed Beta available in?
The Closed Beta will support English voice-over and text in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish (Spain & LATAM), Polish, and Brazilian Portuguese.
Can I talk / post / create content about / or stream the Closed Beta?
Yes, during the Closed Beta you are allowed to share, record, or broadcasting any Beta content or gameplay. We also welcome your feedback on our Official Beta Forums. Check out our Content Usage Policy to learn more.
Can I collect footage from the Closed Beta to use in later content if that content is released later?
Yes, you can capture footage of the Closed Beta to use at a later date. However, there will be changes and updates between Closed Beta and launch that may cause captured content to be inaccurate or out of date.
Will my Beta progress be carried over to Launch?
No, we will be wiping progress before New World's official release on September 28, 2021.
How will you be selecting and inviting people who signed up to be a Tester for Closed Beta but did not pre-order?
Once Closed Beta begins, we will be randomly selecting participants from our list of tester sign-ups and sending invitations at regular intervals via email while the Closed Beta test is live.
See you in Aeternum!