New World Update 1.4.5 Nerfs the Great Axe Perk

New World February PTR
New World February PTR Amazon Game Studios

New World, the massively multiplayer online RPG by Amazon Games, received an important update today. Update 1.4.5 brings many balancing changes to the Great Axe Insatiable Gravity Well Perk. It also fixes several bugs related to logins, respawns, and more.

Weapon Damage of the secondary burst has been reduced by 25%. It is not set at 100%, instead of the previous 125%.

You can check out the patch notes below:

  • Fixed an issue with healing hotkeys in Group Mode that caused the players assigned to each hotkey to change during combat.
  • Fixed an issue with the Region Transfer button so it displays a more accurate time for when a player can transfer between regions.
  • Fixed an issue where a character could get locked into an error message when attempting to log in.
  • Added a speculative fix for an issue that caused players to sometimes encounter a respawn screen with an infinite timer and no respawn. We will continue to monitor the forums to see if players are still encountering this rare issue.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed some players to instantly respawn and ignore the wave respawn timers during War & Invasion game modes.
  • Fixed an issue where this perk hit enemies around the player twice (instead of once) on use.
  • Reduced the weapon damage of the secondary burst from 125% to 100%.
  • Reduced block stamina damage of the secondary burst from 150% to 70% of a player’s base stamina damage.
  • Reduced the lifesteal amount based on gear score from an initial range of 20% to 50% down to a range between 15% to 35%.

The complete patch notes are available on the official site as well.

New World was released on PC in September 2021 via Steam for $40. The game’s reception hasn’t been ideal, currently at a 67% positive rating on Steam.

So what do you think? Are you interested in any of these changes? Have you been playing New World recently? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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