New World is finally here, but some players are struggling to get into the game, generating some fun reactions.
As gamers rushed into Amazon’s new MMO yesterday, player counts surpassed 700,000, making New World one of the biggest Steam games ever. With servers limited to just 2000 players, and New World queue times for certain worlds that reached ten times that, some players would queue for hours for their turn in the game. Naturally, they turned to the game’s subreddit to help pass the time.
As a result, the community is full of memes that refer to the long wait. the top post on Reddit it simply says “I am 16 years old, but one day I will pass my position in the queue to my children, so I hope they can play in Hallheim”, referring to one of the game servers.
Other posts, borrowing famous memes from the Avengers and Interstellar, pays tribute to those who spent too much time on the game’s character creator, ultimately getting caught behind thousands of people who swiftly passed by to make sure they got their spot.
While the community seems pretty jovial at the moment, there are some cynics out there. One post suggests that server queues could be a sneaky strategy; Steam’s refund policy does not allow the return of games after they have been played for more than two hours. Since many players spend more time simply queuing, the refund window will have expired long before they finally enter the game.
Long lines aside, New World appears to have gotten off to a relatively stable start. Some players have been forced to queue again, but other than a noticeable wobble, the servers don’t seem to have caught fire yet. Presumably as the initial enthusiasm wears off and the server capacity gradually increases, it will be a little easier to find a spot.
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