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Shroud Warns Casual Gamers About New World

Amazon's second attempt at launching a video game, the MMO "New World," has officially arrived. The game has gotten a ton of attention, reaching high viewer counts on Twitch (which is owned by Amazon) and having over one million players during its launch week. However, one streamer seems to think that any casual players looking to jump on the MMO train are going to be disappointed with "New World."

In a recent stream Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek told his viewers that casual players should stay away from "New World" if they don't have the time to fully commit to an MMO. "If you don't have the time, just don't play," Grzesiek said. "If you can only play this game for an hour a day, I don't think you'll ever make it to the end."

Grzesiak continued by saying that casual players who don't have the time will always be behind hardcore players and will struggle to stay up-to-date with "New World." He argued that by the time players finally hit the end game and start grinding out gear, there will already be a new zone added, with new gear that will seem unattainable. Some players would probably enjoy having new content instead of grinding the end-game but Grzesiek doesn't see it that way. Instead, he has a different sort of solution for what players should be able to do.

Shroud wants players to be able to pay for XP boosts

Grzesiak seemed to think that he had the solution to "New World's" potential problem with casual players: microtransactions. He said that some type of paid boost or catch-up mechanic needed to be added to the game so causal players could hit max level faster and not get left behind. 

Amazon's "New World" has taken some flack since its launch, specifically for its headache-causing server issues and for not allowing players to name themselves after Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. While there are some posts on the New World subreddit about how to reach max level quickly, it seems like the game has not been out long enough for casual players to figure out if the game's progression needs to be balanced or not.

It will take time to see if Grzesiak is right about "New World" not being the type of game casual players can enjoy. For now, players will have to wait and see how long it takes to get to max level and how long it takes for Amazon to release new content for "New World."