New World March Update - Heart of Madness

The Heart of Madness Update will be moving from the PTR and releasing into the main New World client! Find the link to the release notes here.


Edit: Update has been postponed for the day of March 30.

New World's Heart of Madness Update downtime will begin for all regions at 5AM PT (12PM UTC) on March 29. Expected downtime is 2 hours.

Greetings, Adventurers!

The Heart of Madness Update will be moving from the PTR and releasing into the main New World game. You can find the full release notes on our dedicated release page, including new open world experiences, balance changes, game mode adjustments, and more changes as a direct result of our PTR tests and player feedback.

If you haven't heard already, these are some of the key additions arriving in Heart of Madness.

Main Storyline Finale Quest & Tempest’s Heart Expedition

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, 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 final showdown against Isabella has arrived, as you delve deep into the Tempest’s Heart Expedition. 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 level 60 players with Gearscores between 550 and 570.

New Weapon: Blunderbuss

The Blunderbuss is a ranged weapon that offers high-mobility coupled with potent close-to-mid range damage. It’s the first weapon to scale on strength and intelligence, making it a good companion for bruiser or mage builds.

Adventurers will be able to progress through two weapon mastery trees, allowing the player to choose between two distinct playstyles.

  • 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 the maximum skill level with the new firearm, players should seek out Wang Tang Zhi in Ebonscale Reach settlement to start this epic endeavor.

Want to learn more about the Blunderbuss? You can take a look at the Blunderbuss instruction manual, or see it in action here:

Thanks for your support! We look forward to hearing of your adventures into the Tempest's Heart.

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