The New World season pass costs $20 (~£16), which is quite a bit higher than competitors. Riot’s FPS game Valorant charges around $10 (£9.99) for its two-month-long battle pass, and Overwatch 2’s battle pass comes in at $9.99 (£8.39) for two months as well.
These, of course, are two very different games from New World, but competitors like World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV don’t offer a paid season pass scheme at all, instead simply rewarding those who complete specific seasonal achievements – scoring high on the PvP leaderboard in WoW will net you a unique title, for example.
Amazon Games’ sister MMO, Lost Ark, is probably the closest in terms of battle passes, offering the free, Premium, and Super Premium tracks. Premium costs ($15 / £13) and Super Premium comes in at ($30 / £26) – again, pretty hefty compared to WoW or FFXIV.
Chatting to creative director David Verfaillie in a Fellowship and Fire-focused roundtable, I asked how the development team settled on the price of the New World season pass.
“It’s a three-month experience, so we wanted to deliver an amount of content and rewards that we thought would be fulfilling over those three months,” he tells me. “So what led to the pricing of the pass is the amount of stuff that players can earn.
“We felt that the value of the rewards that players can earn via the premium track is very good; more than a five-to-one value over the cost. In addition, there’s a bunch of value in the free track.”
Verfaillie goes on to state that Amazon “felt it was a very fair price for players in terms of all the rewards they get to earn,” highlighting that rewards from the battle pass will be “vaulted” and therefore unavailable in the future. This makes the rewards even rarer commodities – and we all know MMO enthusiasts love to flex exclusives.
If the new seasonal model sounds right up your street and has enticed you back into the wonderful world of Aeternum, be sure to check out our New World server list – a lot has changed of late. For those of you taking advantage of all those fresh start worlds, we’ve got a rundown of all of the New World factions to help you choose the one for you.