Nothing says Christmas fairly like video games with a disconcerting colonialist aesthetic. Amazon’s New World MMO is getting a free weekend, with potential gamers invited to get a “style of the Everlasting Isle” between now and the free interval’s conclusion subsequent week.

The free weekend kicked off yesterday and runs till Monday, December 19. If you happen to’re tempted, you’ll be able to head over to New World’s Steam web page immediately and get caught in. If you happen to actually fall in love, you’ll be able to benefit from the continued 50% low cost on its commonplace and deluxe editions to lock it into your library for good. As a result of Amazon would actually fairly such as you to purchase its game, the low cost is ready to final for much longer than the free weekend, ending on January 5 subsequent 12 months.

New World can also be getting a flowery new Azoth Version, which is mainly an ultra-deluxe model of the game. It comprises the assorted bonus skins and emotes that the deluxe version consists of and piles in one other $40-worth of beauty doodads on prime of that. It comes with new garments, weapon skins, a bunch of dyes, and—most significantly—a celestial hare home pet, whose fur comprises the “huge expanse of the universe”. I had a gerbil like that after.

It has been a rocky highway for New World because it got here out in September final 12 months. After getting off to a flying begin and a few completely absurd concurrent participant numbers, the game started to falter, and it entered this 12 months in a grim state. However Amazon has saved engaged on it, and just lately took steps to revamp the game’s starting and make its PvP wars extra accessible. If this free weekend is something to go by, the corporate should really feel like its work has modified the game sufficient to benefit a second likelihood.

I hope Amazon is true about that. New World had massive ambitions when it launched, however fell wanting far too lots of them. Fraser scored it 60% in his New World evaluation, commenting that its “try and tick all of the containers has left it feeling scattershot and underbaked”. Nicely, it is had an additional 12 months within the oven, now, let’s hope it has one thing to point out for it.