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The New World Closed Beta start time has been set for July 20 (Image: AMAZON)

With a release date of August 31, developers Double Helix Games are getting ready to test things out during the New World Closed Beta.

The MMO has been in the works since 2016 and while there have been playtests since its announcement, this week’s beta will be a huge step forward.

Amazon Studios has already warned that they’ve added a lot of new content and features since previewing the game last year, meaning the New World beta could be a big event in July’s quiet gaming calendar.

From what’s been shared so far, gamers can explore new areas, encounter new expeditions, discover new weapons, and cycle through a revamped list of quests.


For those who want to experience the new MMO before it launches, there are only a few ways to participate in the New World Closed Beta on Steam.

The Amazon development team has confirmed that you can access everything that will be available this week by pre-ordering the game from Amazon or on Steam.

However, there is also a way to try and get your hands on a code by signing up to the official New World Closed Beta site.

This does not guarantee entry to the New World in July, but it is a free way without spending any cash.

A message from the New World Beta team confirms: “We will randomly select participants from the tester sign-up page at regular intervals during the Closed Beta. If you’ve signed up, check your email during the trial period to see if you’ll receive an invitation.

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“Players who pre-order on Amazon before July 17 at 11:59 PM PT (6:59 AM UTC) will receive an invite on July 19. Pre-orders on Amazon after July 17 will receive an invitation up to 48 hours after order confirmation.

“If you’ve been invited to the Private Beta through the tester sign-up page or pre-ordered on Amazon, you’ll receive a Steam key that can be redeemed through your Steam library. If you need instructions on how to activate a key in Steam, follow this link here for more information.

“Once your key is redeemed, you should see “New World Closed Beta” in your Steam game library for download. From there you should be able to log in and play for the duration of the Closed Beta.”


Amazon has confirmed that the start time of the New World Closed Beta is scheduled for Tuesday, July 20 at 5:30 PM BST.

In North America, the New World Closed Beta begins July 20 at 9:30 a.m. PT (4:30 p.m. UTC).

It should be noted that there will be a gap between the full game release and the playable closed beta going live this week.

Amazon has confirmed that the New World Closed Beta will continue through August 2 at 11:59M PT (6:59AM UTC).

Servers for the game will be available in several locations, with support for the Closed Beta server for North America, Europe, Australia and Brazil.

The Private Beta supports English voice-over and text in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish (Spain & LATAM), Polish and Brazilian Portuguese.

It should be noted, however, that while the New World beta will have a lot of new content to check out, Amazon plans to clear the progress before New World’s official release on August 31, 2021.

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