Player counts rose above 200,000 this weekend on Steam.
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Over the weekend, the closed beta for Amazon Games' New World MMO surpassed 200,000 concurrent players on Steam. The closed beta began back on July 20 and had already proven to be quite the hit amongst fans. The average player counts each day hovered around 180,000 leading up to this past weekend. The game peaked on July 25 with 200,856 players on at once.

This is all in spite of reports that the game may have led to some unexpected hardware deaths on specific RTX 3090 cards from EVGA.

New World might be the first actual hit out of Amazon Games. Their first go at releasing a title, Crucible, saw a peak concurrent player count of just over 25,000. Crucible was shut down by Amazon Games in November 2020. The team working on Crucible were shifted over to New World and other projects at Amazon Games.

The beta for New World runs until August 2, with the full game being released on August 31. There are a couple of ways you can still gain access to the beta. You can either pre-order the game from Amazon or Steam, or sign up on the New World website for a chance to join.