Amazon has revealed some of the first in-engine screenshots from New World, its hugely ambitious upcoming sandbox MMORPG. New World is going to be powered by Amazon’s own Lumberyard Engine, a spin-off from CryEngine that should help lend the MMO some graphical oomph.

Just reading about Amazon’s ambitions for New World sets off my inner Star Wars Galaxies fan. The survival MMORPG is set on a single giant continent with planned support for 10,000 players existing there simultaneously. Each and everything in the world can be built, destroyed or harvest for resources.

Players are free to band together and build their owns towns, settlements, and castles, trading with neighbours for rare resources or starting all-out war. You can even set your own quests and pay other players to complete tasks for you, whether that’s tracking down resources or performing reconnaissance on an enemy camp.

It’s not just other players you’ll be needing to worry about though. New World is set in an arcane version of the 17th century, complete with a haunted frontier and supernatural beasts stalking the land. Straying far from town during the night can be lethal. Those not keen on the combat side of things can choose to stay at home, utilising a range of crafting tools to forge equipment, build homes, or construct traps to would-be invaders.

Registrations are currently open for the New World alpha tests, and you can sign up for that here. In the meantime, here are the current recommended specs for New World, although these are obviously subject to change to as development rolls onwards.

New World Alpha Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.6GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 390X
  • DX: DirectX 12
  • HDD: 35 GB Available SSD Storage