What’s up sailors – welcome back to the world of Aeternum. No official news yet surrounding New World but this time around, I wanted to do a sort of recap about a subject that I’m sure a lot of us have been pretty excited about for this game. And of course – it’s the weapons. Specifically the upcoming ones we might see in 2021 for New World. Part of my reasoning for this is because I noticed, some people were not aware that we have seen the spear weapon before it was announced in this ongoing alpha. It’s one of the handful that I mentioned were still being worked on when I made my New World changes video, so today I’d like to expand on that. First let’s start with all the weapons that have their own skill trees, that we have publicly seen so far. Going off the preview event – we have One-handed Sword and Shield, The Hatchet – also known as the Throwing Axe.
Bow and Arrow, Muskets, The Fire Staff, The Life Staff, annndd the Greathammer. Recently introduced in this ongoing testing phase is the spear. This is a weapon that we have seen footage for in this new iteration during the Gamestar Interview, during this we only saw one skill in particular which was the spear toss. Before this point, in the very first alpha – spear was also a thing. It had various attack animations including a sprint attack, standing basic attack, alongside also being able to throw it here too.
Now an upcoming weapon that is very similar to the spear – is the Halberd. This is one we haven’t seen any screenshots of – or footage in the public space. But – during the corrupted breach dev blog, we caught a glimpse of this in the very first screenshot. Now I’m not sure if this will actually be it’s own weapon with a completely different skill tree, but I hope that it is. Or they might throw it into the spear class, and have it use the same skills. Some observations I’ve made against this – is that the wielding stance of the halberd, differs from the spear. Comparing them side by side, you’ll notice how the character with the halberd holds it at a downward angle. While the spear one faces upward, like a pike wall. Now this could just be a freeze frame at a specific part in the attack or moving animation, but I’m hoping this gives a clue that it’ll be it’s own separate weapon Now before we continue talking about the upcoming, first I’d like to jump into a few that are still undecided.
Starting with the gauntlet. This is a weapon that predates the magic staffs and acted as a basic healing weapon in the first alpha. Since that point, the weapon has been taken out and replaced with the magic staffs. So far we haven’t had confirmation that it will be making a comeback, but this is a weapon I don’t think they should count out. The form we had gauntlets in that alpha may not have been that exciting. But the idea of taking gauntlets and expanding them beyond being just a support weapon, is what I think makes them very worth it. As a magic weapon they could even duplicate the already existing schools of magic, like giving us fire gauntlets, life gauntlets, and give us 2 skill trees for each and I’m sure that would work just fine.
Give people some more to work with on the magic side because currently it’s a bit lacking, but – that’s something we’ll be diving into at the end of this list. Gauntlets could also be used for more than just schools of magic like fire, life, lightning, earth based, etc… Maybe they could even be melee based if they decide it. but for now, let’s keep our fingers crossed. Next up – is the one handed mace. Another one that comes from the first alpha, and although it hasn’t been mentioned as much as the gauntlets, this is another one I’m sure people would love to see return. I think this could potentially be a substitute to sword and shield as a tanking weapon. I could see them putting in some minor cc abilities like short stuns, damage reduction skills, and taunts. But this is definitely another one I hope they decide to bring back…. For the third and fourth one – let’s start with the greatsword. The weapon that I would personally use over the majority of the rest. I always love playing bruiser type characters in RPGs and for MMOs, one of my favorite things to run with.
They never confirmed this – but aside from the screenshot we saw of the greatsword very early on, there is a clip that seems to show this weapon being wielded against the corrupted. You can still find this clip on the steam page for New World if you scroll down, and open up the description. But let me enhance here – look at this right here, from the front, on first glance, it’s easy to mistake this for either a sword, or even a spear. But on closer inspection, and seeing it from a different angle, I can’t think of any other weapon this could be – other than a greatsword. They never commented on this, and – come to think of it, I never thought to ask, but this could be a hat tip towards the future. Greatsword as far as I’ve seen, has been one of the more popular weapon requests, and there’s already a mini-boss in the game that wields one.
Located in greatcleave in this narrow pass, I’ve shown myself fighting this boss a few times, and I come back to visit it every time a new test opens up. It even has skills of it’s own which I could see being added to the greatsword – if they give us one in the future. Fourth one – would be the tower shields, funny enough – this one is also in that very same clip I mentioned, but instead of being on the left side, it’s on the right. Of course this probably will function the same as any other shield.
But currently, we’ve only experienced the kite shields and round shields, so in the future they might just implement tower shields. Which they haven’t confirmed yet, but this is another one that would be really good to see. Continuing on the upcoming weapons we have seen, let’s start with the pistol. During the third developer diary of New World titled call to arms, we first had a showcase of a couple different weapons. One of them was the pistol – in 2 different scenes we get a look at this weapon, but without the UI showing, we don’t get a chance to see potential skills, or what the aiming reticle looks like. The only thing we do see, is that it does appear to be a main hand weapon, but also that you can at least reload it while moving, just like the musket. No idea what the skill tree of this one would look like, but I would imagine a more mobile and fast paced version of what we get with musket.
The next one is the rapier, this one is interesting because during this dev diary we see it being used in multiple ways. If you look here when the character’s using it and about to be attacked by the greataxe, he holds it up to his face in a completely different animation than we’ve used before. However at other points in the video it’s being held like a one-handed sword in combination to the shield, it’s hard to say if this one will truly end up being it’s own weapon, similar to the halbard situation, but I really hope that it does. We talked about previously how great it would be to get more melee weapons specifically built towards dexterity, to allow more diversity between builds.
So far we’ve now got spear in addition to the hatchet, so that’s already a great start. Let’s cross our fingers for the rapier as well, For the last two, let’s start with the greataxe. This one we see in multiple forms across different dev diaries and footage, We could use it’s basic attacks, heavy attacks, and even 2 of it’s skills. One of them was a small spinning attack ability, while the other was a damage buff. You even see this being executed at a couple points during this same diary. I don’t know when we’ll get this one, but it’s probably my most anticipated melee weapon right next to greatswords. So far they haven’t really talked anymore about it, but I would imagine it might be farther along in development than some of the others, .
But just like the others, we’ll have to see what they decide… For the very last one that we know should be upcoming, we have an off-hand weapon. Specifically, the torches. This was when the Combat Unleashed trailer had it’s debut during the PCGamer livestream back in June. For just a few seconds during this, we get to see a character wielding one alongside a sword. Other than providing a light source, we don’t really know what purpose the torches will serve, but – maybe, just maybe we might get the ability to do a melee bash move with it to set enemies on fire. Probably too much to hope for it’s own skill tree, but I think it’d be cool if at the very least, we could do that… One of my most favorite things about new world is that it doesn’t limit itself to classes… Not saying it’s a perfect system but just think about it.
We don’t have to worry about gender locking – something that’s plagued eastern MMOs to no end. don’t have to worry about class limitations, we can use whatever we want. From a design perspective I’d imagine this is easier for Amazon – because all they have to do is design the weapons plus the skills and their animations. They don’t have to worry about other systems slowing that down. They can just do it all in one go. And this is something I’m hoping allows them to add new ones faster than other games could. Now although that’s all the upcoming weapons we’ve seen footage of, or ones that existed in the past that are currently undecided, there is one more that potential weapon — Ladies and gentlemen, future Medieval here, I’ve received some new information and I’m actually gonna have to cut this portion out.
Some of you already know half of what I’m talking about, but if you’re not understanding, I can’t dive deeper, I’m so sorry Instead – let me leave with two quotes regarding New World’s future weapon development. First – earlier this year there were multiple media events with press groups. One of these was MMORPG.com, during an interview they were told that players would be able to join different schools of magic, as in plural. So far of course, we only have fire and life that we’ve seen and used publicly, so far. But now… Next year I might strongly consider becoming a mage. The second quote I’d like to bring to you, is about weapons directly.
One thing we have to keep in mind, even though the playstyles we have access to are not a huge amount right now, they’ve even said in previous interviews – they will never stop working on the combat, and adding new weapons into the game. So 2 years from now, we could be up to 20 weapons total for all we know. With that though, that’s all I’ve got for you today folks., thanks so much for watching, have a wonderful night or day, and farewell..