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New World: can you transfer characters?

Details of when and how you will be able to transfer your character to another server in New World

Wondering how to transfer your character to a different server in New World? Amazon's titanic MMORPG New World is full to bursting with players across its various servers and realms, but as with all such games, some servers are going to be more preferable to certain players than others. Whether it's about dodging long wait times and lag, or just joining the same realm as your friends, most players want to know sooner or later about character transfers and how they work.

Regrettably, right now it's not possible to transfer your character over to another server. This is due to the initial launch of the transfer feature on October 20th causing a glitch that resulted in the option being almost immediately discontinued while the issue is investigated and patched. Read on for everything we know about the upcoming re-introduction of the server transfer feature in New World.

Can you transfer your character in New World?

Character transfers are currently on hold in New World. This will be a blow to players who have been looking forward to heading over to different servers to avoid lengthy queue times, to play with friends, or any other reason an MMO player might wish to switch servers.

A server transfer feature was one of the most popular player requests when New World launched, and the option was added into the game with Version 1.0.3 on October 20th. However, due to a persistence of glitches following character transfers, the feature has been "paused" while Amazon work on resolving the issue.

Of course, this is not what New World players were hoping to hear after spending three weeks waiting for the server transfer feature to be added. Furthermore, we don't know exactly when the feature will be unpaused again, though we'll be sure to keep this page updated with the latest developments.

Currently, the Change Worlds button in the game's menu is greyed out, though the hover text still indicates how the feature is meant to work:

The landing screen in New World, with the new Change World button (currently greyed out).

Above the option to delete your character, you can see the option to Change Worlds. Mousing over the option directs you to the in-game store, where a World Transfer tab is now available:

The World Transfer tab in the New World Store in its current state.

With this infrastructure now in place it seems that Amazon are looking to add the permanent option to transfer characters — possibly for a fee, judging by its placement in the store. However, it was made pretty clear in the original announcement that a one-time transfer when the feature launched would be free, so we'll update this page with more information as we get it.

It's still unclear whether you will be able to transfer your character to a different server region once the feature is back up and running, as Amazon have released contradictory statements on the subject.

In the meantime, if you need some New World content to while away the waiting times with, be sure to plan out your character's future with our New World best builds and best weapons guides. You can also prepare yourself for the early days of foraging and crafting with our primers on where to find Fiber and Iron Ore in New World. Or, if you're after some more general advice, look no further than our New World tips and tricks!

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