Amazon shared the news in a ‘development update‘. In it, the studio says the main reason for the delay is “compelling end-game features that we believe are important to be available at launch.”
The team also shared that since the August preview event, they have been working on “polished the combat system, added quest variety, expanded weapon and armor variety, added fishing, expanded the map to include a new region Reekwater, overhauled our crafting system, and continued to add mid-game and end-game content. “
New World’s alpha will continue in the coming months and expand to European servers from March 30, 2021. The Closed Beta will start on July 20, 2021, and anyone who pre-ordered the game can get started with the closed test phase.
In the Closed Beta test, players can explore Ebonscale Reach (a new end-game zone in Aeternum), try Expeditions for five players, and get started with 20v20 Outpost Rush more.