New World's first patch lands after extended downtime, shortens AFK timing

New World's first patch notes include shorter AFK disconnects, bug fixes.

If you've been itching to dive back into New World, Amazon's breakout MMO, this morning then you're in luck, the first patch has arrived after an extended maintenance period.

The maintenance window, which was to last four hours from 6am ET this morning but ended up being closer to eight hours, is now over bringing a slew of changes with it.

Among them are shortened timings for the game's AFK prevention measures, meaning you'll be kicked for standing idle after 20 minutes instead of 25 minutes now. This could be good or bad news for you, depending on if you are queuing to get into a server, or queuing for an in-demand NPC or enemy to spawn, such as Overseer Zane.

To stop players from sneaking around AFK rules, the game will also now detect automatic mouse cursor movements as an attempt to game the prevention measures and boot you automatically.

Other changes try to reduce server load during War modes by swapping turret projectiles to a hitscan marker, lessening the number of on-screen objects and improving performance.

You can check out all of the New World 1.0.1 patch notes below.

New World 1.0.1 patch notes

WAR

Changed turret projectiles in War from physical projectiles to use hitscan detection. This should help performance in War, with fewer objects being spawned in the world.

AFK PREVENTION

In an effort to ensure players can’t stay AFK, especially in higher population servers, we’ve made the following adjustments to the AFK prevention system.

  • Added additional AFK prevention to ensure players cannot fool the existing system with simulated mouse movement.
  • Shortened the AFK warning message from 20mins to 15mins.
  • Shortened the AFK disconnect from 25mins to 20mins.

WORLD QUEUE

We added a confirmation screen when a player attempts to leave the queue for a world, asking the player to confirm if they’re intending to leave the queue. This should help ensure nobody accidentally leaves the queue and misses out on their spot in line.

BUG FIXES:

GENERAL FIXES

  • Fixed a rare issue causing the interact key to not properly function on various objects in the world.
  • Fixed an issue causing the barrel to not appear in “Pirate Stance” emote.
  • Fixed an issue where players did not receive coin as a reward from some activities.
  • Fixed a bug where interrupting the fast travel animation may cause the player’s character to become stuck inside of a house.
  • Fixed an issue in Territory Standing rewards where some localized text was missing.
  • Fixed an issue where players are asked to claim achievement titles multiple times after logging back into the game, despite already having claimed the rewards.
  • Fixed an issue causing leg animations to freeze.
  • Fixed game crashes related to the New World Twitch integrations.
  • Fixed a rare issue where players could enter state where they could not be hit by most attacks.
  • Fixed an issue where certain item containers could be looted infinitely.
  • Fixed an issue where the abandoning event notification could sometimes persist after the player abandoned the event.

AI FIXES

  • Fixed an issue causing Pastor Walsh to spawn aggressively at the Walsham point of interest (POI).
  • Fixed an issue causing enemies to spawn slower than intended in the Bullrush Wash POI.
  • Fixed an issue causing Overseer Zane to respawn slower than intended in the "Something to Prove" quest.
  • Fixed an issue where Master Zindt could have duplicated respawns at the Kannan Tomb POI.

QUEST FIXES

  • Added missing journal information about the recommended quest level for players attempting to unlock the second faction rank.
  • Fixed an issue where resetting the “Blessings of Earth” quest when you have gained any of the blessings will block progression in the Main Story Quest (MSQ).
  • Fixed an issue where the "Azoth Fulminate" quest will be unavailable to players if they first complete other Windsward quests.
  • Fixed an issue where completing the “Goodwill Squashing” quest prevents the player from obtaining the “Arruda Jam” quest.
  • Fixed an issue where the barkeep conversation state in First Light can enter a state where quests cannot be obtained from the barkeep.
  • Fixed an issue where completing the "Taste for Revenge" quest prevents the player from obtaining the "Predator, Prey" and "Great Expectations" quests.
  • Fixed an issue where completing the “Curse of Ebony Hawk” quest prevents the player from obtaining the “Bond’s Gambit” quest.
  • Fixed an issue where completing "The Expedition into Saircor" quest prevents the player from obtaining the "One Threat at a Time" quest.
  • Fixed an issue where completing the "Strength of the Earth" quest prevents the player from obtaining the "Fading Lights" and "Azure Tears" quests.
  • Fixed an issue where completing the "Twisted Metamorphosis" quest prevents the player from obtaining the "Blessings of the Fallen" quest.
  • Fixed an issue where completing the "Facets of Light and Darkness" quest prevents the player from obtaining the "Descent to Frosted Slumber" and "Transmuting Iron to Dust" quests.
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