Amazon’s MMO, New World, is getting ready to launch next week and we've no doubt it's going to be incredibly popular. It hit almost 200,000 concurrent players on Steam during its first 24-hours in beta..
Offering the huge open world of Aeternum to explore, a unique mix of gritty survival and magic-infused fantasy, and flexible class and role systems, there are plenty of reasons to jump in.
As with other MMO-style titles, New World offers its own faction system, with players able to align themselves with three groups that each want different things from Aeternum.
The Marauders believe in strength through military force, while the Syndicate pursue knowledge as a means to power. Finally, the Covenant are a religious order tasked with stamping out what they deem “unholy”.
We’ll come onto the others shortly, but for today, let’s take a look at the Marauders in more detail.
Who Are The Marauders?
The Marauders’ mission statement is that anyone with the strength to do so can prosper and profit.
They’re looking to ensure Aeternum is a free nation, as long as you’re tough enough to stick around.
To side with them, you’ll need to hit level 10 and complete a quest that introduces all three, then head to the Marauders leader and pledge your allegiance.
What Kind Of Player Do The Marauders Suit?
Marauders are only interested in the strongest of the strong, so if you relish combat (and why wouldn’t you, since it’s great fun in New World), they’re definitely worth a look.
None of that “skulking around in the shadows” nonsense here, Marauders face their opponents head-on. If you’re the type of person that loves to tackle enemies in video games by walking up to the front door and knocking on it with someone’s head, then the Marauders will gladly welcome you into the fold.
If you have a knack for combat and levelling up your Strength stat, this is the place for you.
What If I Change My Mind?
Luckily, the factions system is pretty flexible. While you can’t jump into whichever faction is currently dominating (more on that shortly), you can change to another faction every 120 days.
What Can Factions Do For Me?
Depending on your chosen allegiance, you’ll be able to squad up with friends, or tangle with other factions in PvP.
Each faction has its own specific gear to earn, and you’ll find various discounts and perks throughout Aeternum if your faction is in power.
To be able to run a town or even an entire region, your faction will need to be working together to complete missions and improve its standing.
If your Faction rules the roost, you’ll get loot bonuses, better yields of crafting, and even deal more damage to enemies – so it’s worth keeping your team at the top.