New World: Rise of the Angry Earth Releases on Steam, Boosting Player Count and Climbing the Charts
After a somewhat turbulent start, New World, Amazon’s MMO, is making a strong comeback with its first expansion, New World: Rise of the Angry Earth. The release of this expansion has resulted in a significant increase in the player count, with the game climbing up the Steam charts and even surpassing Valve’s Counter-Strike 2 in some regions.
New World had an impressive launch in September 2021, attracting over 900,000 peak concurrent players on Steam. However, as time went on, players started to lose interest due to the game’s lackluster quest progression. The player count dropped drastically, falling below 100,000 in January 2022 and remaining under that milestone since, apart from a brief surge in October 2022.
The release of the New World: Rise of the Angry Earth expansion has provided some much-needed excitement for the game. Currently, New World holds the second place on Valve’s global Steam top-selling games list, climbing 74 positions from its previous ranking. The expansion itself, New World: Rise of the Angry Earth, is right below it in the third-place spot.
The only game surpassing New World is the juggernaut Counter-Strike 2. However, in certain territories, such as the United Kingdom, New World has managed to outshine Counter-Strike 2 and claim the top spot. This suggests that not only are players investing in the new expansion, but many newcomers are also jumping on board to experience the game for the first time. The addition of mounts and the new Riding Trade Skill may have been enticing factors for the British player base.
Although the player counts haven’t seen a drastic surge yet, both Valve and SteamDB report a peak player count of 50,105, doubling the average count the game has maintained throughout 2023.
For those considering joining New World, there is good news. The game is currently 60% off on Steam until Tuesday, October 10, 2023. The base edition is priced at $15.99 / £13.40, while Rise of the Angry Earth is available for $29.99 / £24.99. Additionally, players can take advantage of a discount on the New World Elysian Edition bundle, which includes both the base game and the expansion, priced at $45.98 / £38.39 until October 10.
Before diving into the world of New World, it is essential to check the system requirements to ensure your hardware can handle the game. Additionally, beginners may benefit from reading the New World beginner’s guide, which provides helpful tips and advice for getting started.
Overall, the release of the New World: Rise of the Angry Earth expansion has breathed new life into the MMO, attracting both returning players and newcomers. With its improved gameplay and enticing content, New World is proving itself to be a force to be reckoned with in the MMO genre once again.