New World, being the MMO it is, isn’t particularly shy when it comes the grind. This especially pertains to farming endgame gear. However, the recent Into the Void update made adjustments to a number of New World’s elite enemies, as well as elite points of interest. This made the grind more irritating than before.
It’s reported that the update has made elite enemies much stronger, so players need a large group just to effectively take them down. It’s apparently like this where all higher-level gear has a better chance to drop. Chests within these elite zones also appear less rewarding.
Although the grind has become more of a disappointment (especially for all those solo players out there), many people are more agitated that these changes were not mentioned in Amazon Game Studios’ official patch notes. Instead, players discovered these unneeded adjustments by themselves. Of course, once backlash over the slipped in update hit the studio, they issued a statement.
“Recently changes were made to the Elite POIs in the end game zones and it’s clear to us that proper context wasn’t delivered on why those changes were made,” a New World developer writes on the game’s official forums. “Our goal is to have a variety of areas that players can go to for crafting materials and gear. But with new gear and equipment, we want players to be challenged.”
New World’s endgame largely consists of farming enemies and chests in elite zones for that chance at a better gear drop. There is other endgame content, like the dungeon-esc Expeditions, but they require far more effort. This, of course, brings people to focus on faming out elite areas–simply out of ease.
Obviously Amazon wants players to experience the endgame as a whole, the reason the studio implemented the changes in the first place. It seems that some of these were unintentional, like the elite chest drop rates. Amazon did say they were looking into it.
Players are not happy with Amazon’s response, and elite zone changes are a blistering topic on the New World subreddit. This is just the latest issue to plague New World. The in-game economy has shut down multiple times due to a coin and item duplication glitch. The game also recently went through some server time travel.