What really mystifies me is how so many people were practically seizing with joy over the return of a game that pretty much crushes the player’s spirit with time-wasting, low-reward activities at every turn and raids that couldn’t even be completed by a lot of guilds. Every person I’ve talked to about it said “Yeah, that’s exactly why I’m excited! And there’s so much nostalgia!”
In all of the games I’m nostalgic for, I don’t wistfully long for the tedious parts. When I go back and play something like Morrowind, I mod QoL improvements into it, because while I love the game, I don’t have any fond memories of having to open the plants like containers and transfer the ingredients by hand every time.
There are a lot of things in New World that really feel like Amazon is trying to make a modern game that follows tenets from the days of Everquest and WoW Classic.
I think this is a mistake. Though I don’t understand the nostalgia for WoW Classic myself, it does keep people hooked. But nobody has nostalgia for New World, and nobody will have nostalgia for it for at least a couple more years.
Unless I have grossly underestimated just how badly the hardcore gamers want to have their time wasted, I really don’t see the ‘old ways’ keeping very many people hooked for long in a brand new IP.