Happy holidays and season’s greetings to everyone. As we put a bow on 2023, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year and look ahead to what’s next. This year, New World celebrated its second birthday. It has been an amazing journey building this game together with you, thanks to your continued feedback and enthusiasm, but the journey is far from over. There is more we want to improve upon and even more we want to add.
This year we introduced Seasons, a dependable cadence of major content drops, each with new reasons to revisit Aeternum like the seasonal progression system and Reward Track. I especially enjoyed chasing Materia to gear up faster in Season 3, plus the fun banter between Zander and Dog as you meet the Silver Crows. It has been a nice break from the more serious tone of the main story.
We also launched our first paid expansion, Rise of the Angry Earth. The take over of First Light and conversion to Elysian Wilds featured a new chapter in the story of the Eternal Isle, a variety of new enemies, and unique points of interest. The expansion also introduced one of our most highly requested features, mounts. Our mount fidelity, animation, and control all came together to deliver a wonderful mount experience that we will continue to build on in future updates. In addition, Artifacts, the Gear Score increase, and the revamped gear system have all improved and streamlined the end-game experience.
Our latest season, Eternal Frost, just went live. We’re excited for players to experience some of our best stories and quests yet. I personally love the chess quest. Beyond the seasonal narrative, players can finally confront Ser Loth from the Empyrean Forge storyline in the new Glacial Tarn Expedition. There are also new Artifacts that will shake up the meta and give our build theory-crafters hours of fun. Lastly, the Winter Convergence Festival is probably Whisker’s and my favorite event of the year. Based on your feedback, we’ve really pushed the new rewards to be as satisfying as the event.
Live games are always growing and changing. With that we sometimes introduce errors. We’ve done our best to be as responsive and communicative as possible when that does happen. But we know there is more work to do. We want to shift more of our focus toward bug and performance improvements to make New World an even more desirable experience for every type of Adventurer.
Thank you all again for being a part of our community and choosing to spend your time adventuring with us in Aeternum. We’re committed to continuing this journey, listening, and improving the game. Happy Holidays!
Scot Lane, Game Director
2023 Year in Review
Check out some notable stats from this year. Data taken from January 1, 2023 through November 28, 2023.
Total Seasonal Challenges completed: 1,094,841
Total Stamps used: 1,157,468
Total times Mounts fed: 3,329,294
Deadliest Expedition Boss:
On March 26, 2023, Alluvium Marl, the Caretaker, from Garden of Genesis eliminated 188 players in a single Expedition instance
Overall in 2023, Alluvium Marl, the Caretaker eliminated 3,122,854 players, followed by Commander Marius from Empyrean Forge with 1,223,672 player kills.
Total Expedition runs: 5,887,977
Most popular Expedition:
Garden of Genesis with 1,825,590 runs
Most Contested Settlement
Total Costumes awarded in Nightveil Hallow: 631,132
102,500 distinct characters wore at least one of the costumes below during Nightveil Hallow:
Lost Monarch: 164, 216 acquired
Commander Thorpe: 157,446 acquired
Anubian Reaver: 158,159 acquired
Adiana: 151,311 acquired
Total number of characters who achieved ‘YAAAHHHH!’ Guitar’ achievement: 66,833
Total number of players who achieved the ‘Perfect ‘YAAAHHHH!’ title on hard difficulty: 4,618
Total waves completed: 3,798,595
Total completions: 725,291
Number of Deaths: 842,886
Most attempts before the Sandwurm was toppled in a single instance: 18
Popular Heartrunes based on activations
Grasping Vines: 50,855,513
Cannon Blast: 19.243,684
Fire Storm: 18,044,937
Dark Ascent: 7,812,959
Verdant Dawn’s Sentinel
Most popular Trade Skills
Amazon Gift Card and Holiday Sweater
Share the spirit of Winter Convergence this holiday season. A New World Amazon.com gift card and holiday sweater are available now. We hope you take time to not only celebrate with us, but with your favorite Adventurers outside of Aeternum.