A New World!

New World's still bubbling away as it reaches over six months since being released for players worldwide.

Now, the game is going to be undergoing a crucial moment in its time, as a brand new PTR playtest is happening this month and will implement a ton of new content.

New World Update Heart of Madness March PTR Patch Notes: All Changes and More

The new PTR test was announced on March 2nd, and has since attracted a lot of attention from fans who may have lost interest within New World.

Bascially, the PTR will begin on March 3, at 10 AM PST (6 PM UTC) and will feature an ample amount of content.

Speaking of content, we're going to run over all the patch notes down below.

New Endgame Activites


  • The final showdown against Isabella is upon you. Pursue the Tempest into a corrupted dimension of reality, through the twisted capital city of Myrkgard. Discover the secrets of her past while you dive deeper into her corrupted mind. The Tempest’s Heart is an endgame expedition for 5 players. Recommended for 60+ players with Gearscores between 550 and 570.

  • For the March PTR, players will be given strong loadouts to play frequently


  • The main story questline picks up as you pursue Isabella back to Shattered Mountain. The final quest, The Heart of the Tempest, is given by Yseult Meredith. They are located at Mountain Home Outpost in Shattered Mountain.
  • Additional repeatable quests can be taken from Mara Rosa in the cathedral just south of the expedition entrance.



  • The Blunderbuss is a ranged weapon that offers high mobility coupled with potent close-to-mid range DPS. It’s the first weapon to scale on strength and intelligence, making it a good companion for bruiser or mage builds. The Containment tree is all about closing the gap and unloading hot lead into your enemy’s face. Conversely, the Chaos tree focuses on keeping your distance and bombarding areas with explosive AoE damage.


  • Alongside the release of the Blunderbuss weapon itself, we’re also releasing a new Legendary Weapon Quest series. Upon reaching Level 60 and maximum skill level with the new firearm (granted to you automatically in the PTR), players should seek out Wang Tang Zhi in the Ebonscale Reach settlement to start this epic endeavor.
  • Many more changes have been made across the entire New World experience. Check out our PTR Release Notes for a bigger picture and let us know what you think on the PTR subforum!