Amazon's upcoming New World MMO has drawn criticism online after leaked patch notes suggested it would be adding time savers and XP boosts to the game in the form of microtransactions.
The leaked patch notes, which are from the Closed Alpha version of the game have been circulating on Reddit and detail a "Premium Currency Shop".
This show will offer special cosmetic items for players and their in-game homes in the form of skins, dyes, Company crests, and emotes.
This doesn't seem too out of the ordinary for an MMO, but where the furore is directed at is the next line which reads: "we may sell quality-of-life items or boosts that will help players improve their time spent levelling up their character and trade skill experience."
Amazon does go on to state that "we’re committed on keeping the competitive systems fair and balanced for all customers, and purchases will not provide a competitive edge over another player who chooses not to purchase additional items."
However, the idea of the game rewarding players who have more disposable income than those who don't by skipping a lot of the grindy aspects that come with the genre has a number of players raising an eyebrow.
One Reddit commenter (Xrel) goes on to say that the inclusion of trade skill experience is "very questionable, especially since end game gear is supposed to be acquired through trade skills".
It also isn't clear what Amazon mean by "quality-of-life items". This could range from things like simple XP boosts or more pay-to-win features like expanded storage or gear boosts and upgrades.
Amazon responded to the frustration on Twitter, providing their reasoning behind the inclusion of this store
"The more players who are able to experience all of our exciting end-game content and game modes, the healthier the overall game experience will be for all players."
The statement then goes on to say that they are testing a Battle Pass system as well. A follow-up tweet from the New World Twitter account goes on to say that this store is about "supporting people who don't have as much time to play".
Most of this reasoning hasn't gone down well with the community and suggestions have been made to make the boosts similar to what you see in World of Warcraft or other popular MMOs.
After being delayed multiple times, New World is set to release on August 31, 2021, on PC.