New World Update 2.0.2

August 1, 2023

Greetings, Adventurers!

New World Update 2.0.2 downtime will begin at 4:00AM PT (11:00AM UTC) on August 3 and last approximately 1.5 hours. It includes fixes to framerates, the sandwurm Elite Trial, and more. Read on for a full breakdown of the performance changes.

Performance Changes

  • We have implemented a performance change to the way shaders are loaded on the game client. This change is expected to enhance the overall gameplay experience by reducing instances of frame-hitching and stuttering. However, it's important to note that there will be a noticeable impact on game boot-up time as a trade-off.

    • The new start-up time will vary depending on your local hardware setup, with less delays experienced on SSD hard drives and longer delays on HDDs.

    • During this process, your client will remain on the initial New World logo screen for up to a minute as it front-loads necessary assets. We kindly ask for your patience while you experience this new personal start time benchmark.

    • We will closely monitor player feedback and telemetry on client performance after this change, in search of further opportunities for optimization.

  • Fixed a number of server crashes that disconnected players with a “Lag Detected” error.


  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to end the recovery of the Blunderbuss ability “Splitting Grenade” early.

  • Increased the amount of health players gain from the first 150 levels of Constitution attribute points.

  • Swapped the 150 DEX and 300 DEX attribute threshold bonuses with each other.

  • The Detonate Heartrune is no longer able to deal Critical damage.

  • Reduced the strength of the Spear’s “Cyclone” slow effect, from 50% to 30%.

  • Limited the number of targets that could be affected by the Spear’s “Leeching Cyclone” Perk in a single use to 3.

  • Reworked the Sword's “Achille's Heel” passive to instead be a Rend.

Elite Sandwurm Trial

  • Fixed an issue that caused players who died during the encounter to not receive rewards upon completion.

Economy, Progression, and Gear

  • Fixed an issue that made Legendary Fish far easier to catch than intended.

  • Introduced hotkeys for Gear Set Storage. You can now specify hotkeys that will swap your current loadout to a specific Gear Set Storage loadout.

  • Fixed an issue that made the Artisan Fishing Pole unusable.

Season Pass

  • Fixed an issue that caused the Earn PvP XP Season Activity to display incorrect text.

  • Fixed an issue that caused Season XP awarded from crafting Gypsum Casts to not scale correctly when crafting multiple casts at once.

  • Fixed an issue that prevented players who did not earn a Gear Set Slot through the Season 1 Season Pass from purchasing it through the Store.

  • Fixed an issue that caused the Journey task “Call of the Ancients” to not properly record song completion.

Season Trials

  • Fixed an issue that caused the Hordemaster boss to spawn less monsters than intended.

  • Fixed an issue that caused a large gray plane to be visible within the arena space.

  • Fixed an issue that caused long load times for some Seasonal content.


  • During the “Break Some Eggs” quest, it is now no longer necessary to travel to the Neopolis as the Hatchery Soul Trial immediately unlocks after applying oil.

  • Reduced enemy health and damage in the “Break Some Eggs” Soul Trial.

  • NPC "Spawned Guy" no longer spawns in the world.

  • Removed lingering missions from Old First Light as that zone is no longer accessible due to the Angry Earth.

Game Modes

  • Increased the amount of personal score points gained from contesting outpost control points by 40% in Outpost Rush.

  • 3v3 Arenas

    • The Brimstone Sands Arena has been activated once again as part of the 2-week rotation. It will remain active until 8/15/23 when the original Soulwarden's Proving Ground Arena will be activated.


  • Fixed an issue where Minstrel Pattern items could not be crafted even though you had the materials.

  • Fixed a rare issue that prevented players from accessing their Season Journey and Activities.

  • Fixed a texture loading issue that caused the chat window to become white.

  • Fixed an issue that caused chat channel tooltips to be incorrect.

  • Fixed an issue that made localized text on Faction Boards incorrect when no PvP missions were available.

Thanks for your support! We’ll see you in Aeternum.