Nearly 700,000 people are running New World right now, but less than half of them are actually playing Amazon’s new MMO. The rest are sitting in queues waiting to get into one of the 2,000-player islands. Projected wait times for certain New World servers are currently measured in tens of hours.
Some players are stuck in queues on their own accord: As I write this, 20,000 players are waiting in line for the NA West El Dorado server, even though there are 18 NA West servers with single digit queues, including some with no queue at all. That’s because, according to RedzyTV’s New World Server List, the El Dorado server will be home to a number of big streamers, “possibly” including Shroud.
Meanwhile, over in NA East, 24,000 players are queued for the Valhalla server, which a number of PvP guilds designated as the unofficial New World PvP server. (They call it “official,” but it’s not an Amazon designation.)