UPDATE: Amazon has confirmed that the New World open beta start time for Steam has been set for 3pm BST on Thursday, September 9, 2021.
The final New World testing phase will end on September 13 for gamers in the UK, at around 7:59am BST, followed by the full game launch on September 28.
ORIGINAL: Early September has proven pretty barren for big game releases, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some major launches being planned for nearer the end of the month.
Having fought through several delays, developers Double Helix Games are preparing for the final testing period during the New World Open Beta.
New World is one of Amazon’s first major publishing releases and has been in development since 2016.
There have been several playtests since it was announced, and this week’s beta will be a huge step forward.
Even bigger than the closed beta in July, Amazon Studios have confirmed more new content will be available to play through in September.
The full patch notes will be released before the open beta launches, meaning gamers will find out if any new territories or weapons have been added this month.
And the good news is that, unlike during the closed testing, gamers will be able to play through the New World open beta without a key needed.
Instead, Amazon is using Steam Playtest, making it possible for interested players to request access beginning on September 8 at 7:00AM PT (2:00PM UTC).
WHAT IS THE NEW WORLD OPEN BETA START TIME?
Amazon has confirmed that the New World Open Beta Start Time has been scheduled for 3pm BST on Thursday, September 9.
In North America, the New World Closed Beta begins the same day at 7am PT.
Amazon has confirmed that the New World Closed Beta will continue until September 13 at 6am BST.
The Open Beta test will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish (Spain & LATAM), Polish, and Brazilian Portuguese.
“The Open Beta test will utilize Steam’s new Playtest feature, which allows all interested players in our supported regions to request access to the test, for free. Servers will be available in North America, Europe, Australia and South America.
“Open Beta will begin on September 9 at 7:00AM PT (2:00PM UTC) and continue until September 12 at 11:59PM PT (6:59AM UTC).”
Gamers have also been warned that all progress will be wiped again just like with the closed beta.
This means that all New World servers will be clean when the full game experience launches on September 29 worldwide.
There has been no indication that Amazon plans to delay the launch of New World on Steam again in 2021.
But fans should be prepared for more news to be shared over the coming weeks as we get closer to the final release date.